Campus news

Campus notebook: Succot special

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

● 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.


It's all Greek at the New Year party

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Hundreds of Jewish students from across Europe are expected to travel to Athens to celebrate a Chanucah and New Year's Eve party with a difference.

The European Centre for Jewish Students will mark the Maccabees' victory over the Greek emperor, Antiochus, with a range of festivities.

Students and young professionals aged between 18 and 35 will stay in a five-star hotel in the centre of the c


Campus Notebook: British students targeted for Israel university

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

● Bar-Ilan University is hoping to attract British students to its gap year programme.

The Israel XP scheme was launched two years ago at the Ramat Gan-based university and has so far welcomed students mainly from North America.


Jewish student on University Challenge

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

A Jewish student was smiling after his University Challenge team scored a comprehensive victory to advance to the next round of the BBC contest.

Jonathan Metzer was part of the Worcester College, Oxford, team which was one of four losing first round sides with the best score, qualifying for a play-off.


Refreshed Booze for Jews strikes right note

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Nottingham JSoc has held the country’s first Booze for Jews event of the new academic year.

With the flagship party suffering a slight drop in attendances nationally in the past 12 months, the Nottingham committee took a new approach, giving the celebration a theme and embarking on a fresh marketing initiative.


Campus notebook: Peace Takes Two

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

● Pro-Israel group Stand With Us has launched a "Peace Takes Two" campus campaign.

The organisation will distribute postcards displaying examples of Israel's efforts to make peace on one side, and challenges to "Palestinian rejectionism" on the other.

Gili Brenner, UK executive for Stand With Us, said: "We are encouraging pro-Israel students – both Jewish and non-Jewish – to make a pro


Freshers' Week success as JSocs welcome hundreds to campus

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

University Jewish societies have broken records to sign up more than 1,000 students during Freshers' Week activities and fairs.

JSocs have reported brisk business around the country, as Jewish students settle into their new homes and find their feet on campus.

The traditionally large societies, in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham each welcomed more than 100 new members, with Nottingham JSoc


Chabad breaking records

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

Chabad houses across the country welcomed students to Rosh Hashanah meals and services, with more than 150 people attending events in Oxford, 120 in Nottingham, 75 at the Shoreditch centre and around 70 in Bristol.

In Edinburgh, Chabad rented space at a local hotel to host more than 60 students on the first night of Yom Tov.


Jewish students say their voice is ignored

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The most comprehensive survey of Jewish students' views ever conducted has revealed that young Jews staunchly support Israel, fear not finding a job after graduation, and are concerned that younger voices are not heard by the wider Jewish community.


Pledge to avoid Yom Tov clashes

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Birkbeck College and the University of London Union have pledged to work harder to ensure Freshers' Week events do not clash with Jewish festivals or Shabbat.

Jewish students taking politics courses at Birkbeck were surprised to discover their induction evening was planned for this evening, clashing with both Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat.

ULU's Freshers' Fair was also due to take place today.