Campus Notebook: March 28, 2014

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014
A still from Breaking Chabad

A still from Breaking Chabad


Three Nottingham students are making waves by establishing themselves as stars of local media.

First it was JSoc president Jordan Rinsler and committee member Ben Carr channelling their very best Ron Burgundys as correspondents for University Radio Nottingham during the student union elections.

Now JSoc’s publicity officer Josh Rom (below) is fast becoming something of a screen superstar, following news that his Nottingham University television station’s eponymous Just Josh show has been nominated for a gong at the National Student Television Awards. Josh himself described the honour as rendering him “speechless — for the first time ever”.

As Mr Burgundy himself would add: “Don’t act like you’re not impressed.”

Bournemouth's JSoc president Tovael Hagai accepting the hamper

Bournemouth's JSoc president Tovael Hagai accepting the hamper


Shopping for Pesach can be something of a challenge, especially when you leave the kosher bounty of Golders Green and head for the English outback. But any matzah-related worries at Bournemouth have been eased thanks to the supermarket super-folk at Boscombe Sainsbury’s. The university’s local branch delivered a bespoke hamper of their kosher for Passover products to JSoc last week, after learning that most students were unable to go home for the holiday. A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s explained: “We’re trying to connect with the Jewish community and raise awareness for Passover.” Trolly good, eh?


What do Charlie Chaplin, the Cookie Monster and Big Bang Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter have in common? They all feature in a movie made by Liverpool students based on the life of Chabad rabbi Shmuli Brown. According to the film's creator, Josh Plotnek, students in their final year chose the art of filmic expression to thank their shaliach for all his support on campus, presenting the end product to more than 30 guests at Liverpool’s “Purim in Hollywood” event last weekend. The title of this blockbuster? Breaking Chabad.

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