Campus news

Students vote to fight hate but back Cage

By Naomi Firsht, April 24, 2015

Students have voted to combat anti-Jewish hatred and ban a neo-Nazi group from speaking at UK universities.

Delegates voted to “fight antisemitism” in an amendment to an anti-racism motion at the National Union of Students annual conference this week.


Christians back beleaguered Israel supporters in Exeter

By Naomi Firsht, April 8, 2015

A Friends of Israel group set up by Christians has come to the rescue of Jewish students at Exeter University who feel intimidated by Palestinian activists on the campus.
The 20 members of the Jewish Society said they were reluctant to show support for Israel for fear of being targeted by the much larger Friends of Palestine Society (FoP).


How Bristol built a bridge across the Middle East divide

By Naomi Firsht, April 8, 2015

At a time when the story from campuses around the country has been a depressing one of increasing tensions between Israel and Palestinian supporters students at Bristol University have managed to buck the trend.


Campus Notebook: March 13, 2015

By Naomi Firsht, March 20, 2015

If you build it…

Students at Nottingham University enjoyed a Purim party of thrills and spills thanks to their handy chaplain who built them their own indoor rollercoaster.

At the Willie Wonka-themed celebration, students enjoyed a boat-shaped ride manned by “oompa loompas” that took them on a tour of a cardboard cut-out chocolate factory.


Campus Notebook: February 13, 2015

By Naomi Firsht, February 12, 2015

Habonim weekender

Habonim Dror student madrichim enjoyed a weekend shabbaton in the Yorkshire countryside as part of a bonding seminar.

Fourteen students from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and London, travelled to the village of Delph to take part in Shabbat services, educational programmes as well as a trip to nearby Hollingworth Lake.


Campus Notebook: January 30, 2015

By Naomi Firsht, February 3, 2015

It’s kosher

Students at Cambridge can now enjoy hot kosher meals midweek thanks to the launch of a new project by their chaplain.

The first meal was served last week at the Cambridge Jewish Student Centre, where over 50 students enjoyed a meat dish and wine for just £2 each.


Get involved, Israelis urged

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Israeli students are being urged to take more of a role in Jewish life on campus.

"Most of them go straight through the university when they come to study here and are not in touch with any Jewish organisations, said Orly Goldschmidt, a campus worker for Jewish Agency for Israel.


Campus Notebook: December 12, 2014

By Naomi Firsht, January 8, 2015

Training on track

For the first time, the UJS Summit training weekend for newly elected JSoc committees included members from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Over 100 students from 23 JSocs took part in activities at Grittleton House in Wiltshire.


'Outsider' UJS president: 'At last, I finally fit into the community'

By Naomi Firsht, December 18, 2014

Newly elected Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady regards herself as very different from her predecessors in the job.

"I have had quite an unusual route to this position," she said. "I've I come as northerner, as a complete outsider. JSoc life for me hasn't always been inclusive, I haven't always been welcomed with open arms."


Javid denounces 'smokescreen' arts censorship

December 18, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid spoke out against Israel boycotts in a speech that took a strong stance on artistic censorship at the UJS conference.

"I will always be proud to stand up and resist calls for boycotts of Israel, he said. "I know that such calls are nothing more than a smokescreen for the oldest hatred."