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Students vote to fight hate but back Cage

By Naomi Firsht, April 24, 2015

Students have voted to combat anti-Jewish hatred and ban a neo-Nazi group from speaking at UK universities.

Delegates voted to “fight antisemitism” in an amendment to an anti-racism motion at the National Union of Students annual conference this week.

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Christians back beleaguered Israel supporters in Exeter

By Naomi Firsht, April 8, 2015

A Friends of Israel group set up by Christians has come to the rescue of Jewish students at Exeter University who feel intimidated by Palestinian activists on the campus.
The 20 members of the Jewish Society said they were reluctant to show support for Israel for fear of being targeted by the much larger Friends of Palestine Society (FoP).

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Get involved, Israelis urged

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Israeli students are being urged to take more of a role in Jewish life on campus.

"Most of them go straight through the university when they come to study here and are not in touch with any Jewish organisations, said Orly Goldschmidt, a campus worker for Jewish Agency for Israel.

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'Outsider' UJS president: 'At last, I finally fit into the community'

By Naomi Firsht, December 18, 2014

Newly elected Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady regards herself as very different from her predecessors in the job.

"I have had quite an unusual route to this position," she said. "I've I come as northerner, as a complete outsider. JSoc life for me hasn't always been inclusive, I haven't always been welcomed with open arms."

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Javid denounces 'smokescreen' arts censorship

December 18, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid spoke out against Israel boycotts in a speech that took a strong stance on artistic censorship at the UJS conference.

"I will always be proud to stand up and resist calls for boycotts of Israel, he said. "I know that such calls are nothing more than a smokescreen for the oldest hatred."

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Greek Orthodox priest launches King's College London's Israel Society

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2014

King's College London's newly launched Israel Society held its first event last week, when Father Gabriel Nadaf visited campus.

The Greek Orthodox priest, who encourages Arab Christians to participate in military and national service, is a leading and sometime controversial voice in Israeli politics.

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Jewish students get ahead at NUS conference

By Charlotte Oliver, April 15, 2014

Jewish students made their mark at this year's National Union of Students (NUS) conference, held last week in Liverpool, with a variety of activities that worked to strengthen the Jewish contribution to mainstream life on campus.

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Glitzy night out at the UJS 'Oscars'

By Mark Larah, April 3, 2014

“Dazzling”, “inspiring” and “where’s Ellen?” were just some of the phrases heard at the UJS awards night.

It was a glitzy affair with some 200 people — nominees, parents and guests — gathered at JW3 to celebrate the contributions to Jewish student life made by hundreds of JSoc committee members, activists, and educators throughout the year.

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New job search site launches for students

February 25, 2014

A new job site has launched for those who wish to supplement their student loans with some extra cash.

ParTime Student went live earlier this month, aiming to find tailor-made, part-time work for students in their local area.

Its co-founder, Gareth Rifkin, described the site in more detail:

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UJS Elections: It’s Mr Motivator versus Ms Experience

By Charlotte Oliver, November 29, 2013

Third-year students Raphi Diamond and Ella Rose have launched their campaigns to be the next Union of Jewish Students’ president.

The two candidates have spent the week touring campuses across the country and meeting members of Jewish Societies in a bid to gain support.

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