Campus notebook: Succot special

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011
Elliot Park and Joel Marks at Birmingham

Elliot Park and Joel Marks at Birmingham

● Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm, has held educational events in Birmingham and Cambridge.

At Cambridge University, around 25 students listened to a talk on the meaning of Succot by Rabbi Michael Laitner of the US Living and Learning division.

The event was held in JSoc's succah and included a hot meal.

At Birmingham, the Nosh and Knowledge series, run by the JSoc together with Tribe, included a pop-up succah and falafel.

More than 50 people attended the event, held at the Guild of Students. It included a visit from chaplain Rabbi Fishel Cohen.

Tribe's Jonny Cooper said: "The response to our first campus events of this term has been fantastic. There are going to be so many exciting programmes across a number of campuses this year and we look forward to seeing many more Tribe members studying across the country."

The sessions followed the launch of the Lunch and Learn tour in Manchester.

● Imperial's Jewish Society joined the college's interfaith team to provide a succah on campus for the first time.

Members of both organisations staffed a stall outside the succah, erected in front of the student union. More than 100 people visited and took part in education sessions about the festival.

The interfaith committee provided the succah, which will be used again next year. University Jewish Chaplaincy's Rabbi Gavin Broder offered assistance to help organise the event with JSoc's interfaith officer, Abigail Kay.

● Birmingham JSoc enjoyed a busy Succot, providing more than 800 meals to members during the course of the week.

The record-breaking figure was achieved thanks to the efforts of Shabbat officers Oliver Calmonson, Adam Monty and Max Braslavsky.

The trio's culinary achievements are renowned on campus, with Mexican, Thai and Jamaican meals having been served up so far this year.

More than 300 people from across the country took part in a Simchat Torah event organised by chaplain Rabbi Fishel Cohen.

Students attending the evening enjoyed cakes baked by Rabbi Cohen's wife Esther, as well as alcoholic drinks and dancing.

Last updated: 11:59am, November 3 2011