Campus Comment

It's been a memorable year at Habs' JSoc

By Hannah Mendall, August 29, 2014

It has been a fantastic year for Haberdashers’ Girls’ School Jewish Society, filled with a diverse and exciting programme. We have held a broad range of talks and events to enhance our Jewish education and are proud of the difference we have made to charities across the globe.

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Unified not uniform

By Ella Rose, August 19, 2014

The past months have seen testing times for the Jewish community, culminating in some people attacking our community’s leadership on not defending Israel enough and some Jewish students attacking UJS for defending Israel too much.

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Let students do it their way

By Maggie Suissa, June 3, 2014

Last Friday, students at Sussex University overwhelmingly rejected a call for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. In this high voter turnout of 1553, the motion fell by a significant amount with 904 votes against and 649 votes in favour.

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A family Seder away from home

By Jackie Klein, May 2, 2014

This Pesach, over thirty students gathered at a home in central London during the second night to experience aSeder led and coordinated by myself and six other students. Without a doubt, it will be one Seder I will not forget for a long time.

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Bringing interfaith to campus

By Rachel Bronstein & Tammy Ostro, March 5, 2014

As co-presidents of Durham University Jewish Society, we have become increasingly aware that our position has provided us with an opportunity to actively broach prevalent religious issues, rather than remaining introverted – concerned only with the needs of our members.

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Why creationism still belongs in schools

By Adam Hilsenrath, February 26, 2014

Like many other politics students, I often enjoy watching Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons every Wednesday at noon.

As this inconveniently conflicts with my politics lessons in school, I turn to the medium of the Daily Politics Show, which couples the ever-entertaining Commons debates with further argument and discussion between guests of opposing political persuasions.

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The plight of the shomer Jewish student

By Adam Hilsenrath, February 5, 2014

Chatting over chips and burgers (with pitta bread rather than buns to add that Jewish feel), those of us old enough to recall reminisced over the days when our Jewish Society filled a classroom.

Only five of us remember - and that makes half of those sitting around the two tables pushed together in the vast and empty room.

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Fancy a job at UJS?

By Joe Tarsh, January 29, 2014

The Union of Jewish Students has existed for 40 years.

Before UJS, there was an "Inter-University Federation of Jewish Students". Both organisations have been made up of individual, campus-based Jewish Societies (JSocs) - providing representation, support, training and fun for young Jewish people as they embark on their university careers.

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Finding feet - and a flat - in Glasgow

By Isaac Ansell Forsyth, January 28, 2014

Glasgow JSoc has taken a giant leap closer to establishing a Jewish student flat in Glasgow.

The thriving Jewish Society, which caters for all of Glasgow’s universities, was awarded runner up Developing Jsoc of the Year in 2013. We believe that this will allow for further growth and success for Glasgow’s Jewish students...All that we require now are residents for the flat!

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Coasting along just fine at Sussex

By Gabriel Webber, January 17, 2014

At Limmud, two different people asked me where I go to university, heard my reply of “Sussex” and looked shocked. “It’s not very friendly there, is it?” asked one of them in hushed tones. I asked what they meant. “Not very friendly to Jews!” they explained.

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