Campus notebook - Oxford sushi

December 16, 2010
Oxford students' sushi night

Oxford students' sushi night

● British students can join 8,000 people from around the world on a six day tour of Poland culminating with the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau.

UJS is offering places on next April's trip for £175. The price includes flights, all transfers, meals, accommodation and entrance fees.

The education programme will be taught by Holocaust studies specialists including Dr Robert Harris and Dr James Smith.

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● Oxford JSoc has had a successful term, with a range of events attracting a substantial turnout from students.

Activities have included a cocktail and comedy evening, paintballing, and poker nights.

The twice weekly lunch and learn sessions have also been well-attended. Rabbi Anthony Manning spoke to students at one lunch on the topic "Land for Peace".

Oxford chaplain Rabbi Daniel Braune Friedman has overseen daily minyanim, and together with wife Hannah has helped provide Shabbat meals for dozens of students.

JSoc co-president Gaby Aberbach said the society's greatest successes had been feeding students on Friday nights, with around 80 attending weekly dinners.

She said: "It has been a brilliant start to the year for Oxford JSoc and we are all looking forward to what is to come."

● London JSocs has elected its new committee. Around 65 students voted at the Euston student centre.

Gabriel Chain was chosen as president and will be joined by Danny Hakimian (treasurer), Charlotte Ajoodan-Poor (publicity and communication), Suzanne Smulovitch and Kendal Palmer (Shabbat officers), James Joseph (events), and Rachel Shaw (education).

● Birmingham JSoc's committee bowed out with a final weekend of events before the new president and team take over.

Outgoing president Elliott Park hired a marquee for the "Around the World in six fantastic cuisines" weekend which attracted around 300 students.

Elliott said: "Our thanks to all those who have been involved in the JSoc this year. It is a blossoming society with well over 1,000 members and countless events and committed members.

"I am very proud to have been part of such a fantastic organisation."

He said highlights of his year in office had included the performance by Idan Raichel and the Wasted Wej bar crawl.

● London School of Jewish Studies is hosting a three-day seminar aimed at students. It will address the hardest-hitting questions currently confronting the Jewish community.

Sessions at the Judaism on Trial event, which begins on December 20 will include "The Goyim: Attitudes to non-Jews" and "Who wrote the Bible".

Dr Raphael Zarum, LSJS chief executive, said: "Judaism on Trial will allow students to debate some of the most thought-provoking issues facing Jews."

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● Jordanian-Palestinian writer Mudar Zahran was the guest speaker at an event organised by StandWithUs UK, Leeds University JSoc, and Leeds University Jewish Chaplaincy.

Mr Zahran shared his experience of living in Jordan. He fled to the UK as a political refugee.

He discussed how delegitimising Israel and keeping the Palestinian problem unresolved benefits Arab regimes.

Mr Zahran advised his audience to challenge a "biased media" and not to shy away from defending Israel and what it stands for. He also highlighted the evolving Pakistani threat, and predicted that a fundamentalist Pakistan would become a major source of concern to the West.

    Last updated: 1:50pm, December 17 2010