Campus notebook - Purim in Spain

Jewish identity in the 21st century was the topic for debate when historian Yaakov Wise, of Manchester University's Centre for Jewish Studies, visited Liverpool.More than 30 students attended Dr Wise's discussion, hosted by Rabbi Shmuli Brown, director of Chabad of Liverpool Universities.

Dr Wise stressed the need for each individual to consciously define his or her Jewish identity, rather than be swept along by their home background or their friends. He explained that, since the beginning of the 19th century and the fall of the ghetto walls, Jews belong to a community by "voluntary association" and not by coercion from the state or the church. Students enjoyed an Israeli-themed buffet during the discussion.

UJS, in partnership with TrainE-TraidE, has secured summer placements for students at a number of top City companies.

Firms involved in the scheme last year included Heron, Olswang, Travelex, Northern and Shell and the Civil Service. Successful applicants receive an internship in their preferred industry, with options ranging from investment banking and insurance to property management and education. To apply, visit www.ujs.org.uk.

The European Centre for Jewish Students is running its successful Purim on the Rocks event again in Seville, Spain, from March 18 to 21. Participants will visit the city's Torre del Orro (the Gold Tower), Barrio Santa Cruz (the old Jewish quarter) and the Royal Alcazar Palace. A grand masquerade Purim ball will take place on the Sunday evening, complete with megillah reading and festive meal. To apply, visit www.purim.ecjs.org. The organisation's European Jewish Education General Assembly takes place at Euro Disney, France, from April 3 to 5. Teachers, academics, youth movement leaders and student leaders will join in panel discussions, workshops and hear from leading education figures. To apply, visit www.ga.ecjc.org.

Last updated: 12:52pm, February 10 2011