Campus Comment

Look past the boycott motions – the situation on campus is hopeful

By Maggie Suissa, April 24, 2015

When you consider that in the past year a radical minority within the UK student movement have tried to demonise Israel and trivialise Jewish students’ concerns about antisemitism, it is inspiring to see so many Jewish students taking an active role in their student movement, going beyond their own universities to fight racism and seek a positive and pragmatic approach to Israel and Palestine.

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Standing up and being counted

By Ella Rose, October 2, 2014

From 2011 to 2014, I attended the University of Nottingham - the university with the largest population of Jewish students in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

I, along with my peers, were openly Jewish on campus and I did not once personally experience antisemitism.

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'Jewish students stand together to fight antisemitism'

By Noam Yossef, September 17, 2014

In response to the letter I previously wrote, I am amazed and overwhelmed with the support that the letter has received and the support surrounding my personal experience from students and friends. Jewish students’ standing together is what can make change happen.

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University's over and you're officially unemployed...now what?

By Sophie Lipton, September 9, 2014

All that can be shown for three years at university is an expired student card, a hefty student loan screaming "pay me", and a glossy graduation photo that will perhaps sit on the mantelpiece for eternity.

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Why chaplains matter on campus

By Josh Isaac, September 4, 2014

Never will UK Students be able to go even one week without the invaluable support of chaplaincy. This is the sometimes underestimated rabbinical backbone of Jewish life on campus.

Whilst some do their work alongside their dedicated spouses, some of the chaplains work tirelessly on their own to ensure that they are there for Jewish Students in a range of individual cases.

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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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