Campus news

Egalitarian service plan for Brighton

By Naomi Firsht, October 8, 2015

Brighton and Sussex Jewish Society will host egalitarian minyans in a bid to engage students looking for an alternative to Orthodox services.

The JSoc also hopes to boost its current membership of around 200.

Progressive minyans are the first of a series of new projects that the society's committee has planned to encourage more students to attend.


Exeter University's Israeli settlements conference explained

By Naomi Firsht, October 8, 2015

A pro-Israel professor has said taking part in a university conference on "settler colonialism in Palestine" was the right thing to do.

Professor Gabriel Brahm spoke at the conference at Exeter University last weekend.


NUS refusal to work with Cage welcomed by Jewish students

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed the National Union of Students’s decision to rule out future work with a campaign group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

NUS president Megan Dunn said on Friday that her union would not co-operate with Cage.

David Cameron had previously criticised the student body for its links to the controversial group.


Deal over Israel conference is a 'waste of time'

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2015

The Jewish Leadership Council has been criticised over a deal with Exeter University that will see two pro-Israel academics take part in a conference on "settler colonialism in Palestine".

Concerns were raised in the summer by the Board of Deputies and grassroots pro-Israel groups that the conference, due to take place this weekend, would be anti-Israel.


Expectations high for Leeds JSoc

October 1, 2015

The new term got off to a flying start for Jewish students in Leeds, with more than 100 freshers joining the Jewish Society, a new kosher halls of residence, and the arrival of Aish "couple-on-campus" Rabbi Adam and Anna Ross.


Pro-Israel speakers to talk at Exeter University Israeli settlements conference

By Naomi Firsht, September 25, 2015

Pro-Israel speakers will provide a counter narrative at a conference on “Settler Colonialism in Palestine” at the University of Exeter as part of a deal with the university’s vice-chancellor.


Anti-extremism legislation will help students

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed new legislation to tackle extremism on campus.

Universities must have risk assessment procedures for speakers and provide a counter narrative at events where those with extreme views are speaking, according to the legislation that came into effect this week.


Chaplaincy offers advice on festival class clashes

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

A chaplain is usually a student's first port of call for a hot Shabbat meal or some religious advice. This year, the majority of universities begin term during the Yom Tov period, with some fresher's fairs falling on Yom Kippur and classes clashing with Sukkot.


Liberal students' needs are not met, says rabbi

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

Progressive students are missing out on Jewish opportunities on campus, according to Liberal Judaism chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan.

"A campus could have an amazing chaplain who is cross-communal, but it is nearly always a man and Orthodox," she said.

"A lot of students grow up in other movements and would like a more Progressive chaplain on campus."


Union plan for a year of success

By Naomi Firsht, September 17, 2015

Union of Jewish Students campaigns director Russell Langer has predicted a positive year ahead for students, despite the increased number of anti-Israel motions at student unions over the course of the last year.