Campus Notebook: November 8, 2013

By Charlotte Oliver, November 8, 2013
Durham's JSoc and ISoc meet

Durham's JSoc and ISoc meet


Durham JSoc held its first ever Muslim-Jewish forum last week with the university Islamic society. Over 60 people came to mix, mingle and, as they said, “put an end to ignorance”. JSoc member Lee Goldfarb said: “It was liberating to interact on an apolitical level; to talk about our experiences as students – and our love of home foods”. Hummus as the key to bridging the religious divide. Who knew?


The hills were alive with the sound of students on Sunday as Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld-Schueler led a 16-mile bicycle ride through the Oxfordshire countryside. Valiant pedalling efforts were rewarded with hot soup and a lesson on bicycles in Jewish law. It was “an excellent way to exercise our legs and minds on a Sunday morning”, enthused student Sarah Sheppard.


Oxford chaplaincy bike ride

Oxford chaplaincy bike ride

Music was the food of love at Cambridge Chaplaincy’s Melaveh Malkah dinner last week. Guests brought along their violins, rattles, a flute and clarinet for an ensemble strum, before tucking into leftovers from Shabbat dinner. According to host Elisheva Malkiel: “The singing and instrument playing was much more alive and enthusiastic after everyone’s bellies were filled.”


Students of the Open University might be aware that exam week includes Shavuot next year. London Chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder is working hard to get the dates rearranged, and is urging all those affected to get in touch with him at

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