UJS celebrates success of awareness weeks

By Marcus Dysch, November 15, 2012

Non-Jewish students have learnt about kashrut, Shabbat and Israel as part of a new project launched on university campuses across the country.

The Jewish Awareness Weeks, organised by the Union of Jewish Students, provide an opportunity for Jewish students to teach their peers about important aspects of their lives.

The scheme focuses on social action, kashrut, Jewish culture and traditions, Israel and Shabbat.

Among the activities on offer were kippah-crocheting sessions, film screenings and multi-faith Friday night dinners.

Six campuses ran activities this week, with hundreds of students taking part in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, London, York and Kent.

Nottingham and Aberdeen will hold awareness sessions next week, with other JSocs taking part later in the academic year.

Judith Flacks, UJS campaigns director, said the project would “explain and showcase elements of Judaism”.

“It is only through fostering a better understanding of why Jewish students feel passionately about certain issues that we can hope to ensure that a positive campus environment is created for Jewish students now and in the future,” she said.

Last updated: 5:11pm, November 15 2012