Campus news

Anti-Israel protesters clash with Israel's top Bedouin diplomat

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2011

University security officers were called to protect the most senior Muslim in the Israeli Foreign Ministry when pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted his appearance at a British campus.

Diplomat Ismail Khaldi, a Galilee Bedouin, had just started to speak at Edinburgh University on Wednesday evening when demonstrators began chanting and surrounded him.

The university’s International Relations Society had earlier pulled out of the event, saying the invitation to Mr Khaldi was “unjust to the Palestinian people who live under an apartheid regime”.

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Ambassadors will improve unity

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2011

What do a part-time imam, a martial arts enthusiast and a potential Olympic rower have in common?

They are all starting work as campus ambassadors for the Coexistence Trust, combating antisemitism and Islamophobia at universities across the country.

The one-year leadership programme for first and second year Jewish and Muslim students was launched at the House of Lords last week.

Working on a dozen campuses, the ambassadors will engage with students from all religious backgrounds to develop social action projects, explore common links, and promote positive interfaith work.

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Campus notebook - London JSoc success

February 3, 2011

● London JSoc has made a busy start to the term with a number of well-attended events.

A winter-wonderland Friday night dinner saw a record turnout of 80 students.

JC editor Stephen Pollard held a discussion at the Café Hillel event, and Israeli hip-hop group Shtar performed a special gig for students.

London Booze for Jews will take place on March 27.

● World Bnei Akiva's twelvth international conference took place in Jerusalem with more than 150 representatives from 30 countries taking part. Seven British delegates represented BA UK.

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UJS opens awards vote

February 3, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has opened nominations for its annual awards ceremony.

The awards encourage students to recognise the hard work and dedication of their friends and colleagues who have made exceptional contributions to Jewish life on campus.

Prizes for the winners include trips to northern Israel and the former Soviet Union.

For the first time this year there will be a category for the best large JSoc.

Nominations close on March 20, with the ceremony taking place in London on April 3.

To make a nomination visit www.ujs.org.uk.

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UJS looks for new staff

February 3, 2011

Dedicated and hardworking graduates are being sought to work for the new UJS administration.

Applications have opened for positions including developing JSocs officer, London officer, campaigns director, public affairs officer, London officer and membership activities officer.

The team will work with new UJS chair Daniel Grabiner when he takes office in July.

The deadline for applications is February 11, with interviews taking place in the week commencing February 21.

To see what jobs are available, and to apply, visit the UJS website.

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Campus notebook - Chabad conference

January 27, 2011

More than a dozen rabbis from Chabad's campus team held a conference to discuss issues facing Jewish students. The two-day seminar in central London included workshops and a gala banquet. The chaplains were joined by their wives and families at the event. Topics up for discussion included the creation of a journal to be produced by the campus rabbis, ways to build unity among Jewish student groups and solutions to halachic issues facing students. The keynote address was given by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice-chair of Chabad Lubavitch International.

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British student to head world Jewish group

By Matt Rosen, January 27, 2011

Manchester University graduate Oliver Worth has been elected chair of the World Union of Jewish Students.

He won with 68 per cent of the votes after facing competition from four other students.

Founded in 1924, the WUJS brings together Jewish student leaders from around the world to tackle problems they face globally.

Oliver was elected at the annual WUJS conference held in Jerusalem last month. The event attracted 150 Jewish students. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat spoke at the conference.

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'I went to Ramallah and saw path to peace'

By Matthew Herman, January 27, 2011

On Boxing Day, while most people were battling their way through the sales, I was in Ramallah, battling my own preconceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as part of the Union of Jewish Students' annual Manhigut political trip to Israel.

My only previous experience of Ramallah had been seeing TV images of Yasser Arafat's headquarters surrounded by bulldozers during the second intifada.

I was slightly apprehensive to be part of the first British Jewish youth group entering the Palestinian city. However, I needn't have been.

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Our chaplains need your help

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

Negotiating the country's unreliable train network may not sound too appealing, but for Ian Kamiel a visit to a university campus in St Andrews, Durham or Brighton represents a major success.

The University Jewish Chaplaincy chief executive has overseen a period of major growth, with the charity doubling in size in the past five years.

There are now 10 chaplaincy couples working across the country, with a greater emphasis than ever on campuses which are not traditionally regarded as favourites for Jewish students.

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Campus notebook - Oxford sushi

December 16, 2010

● British students can join 8,000 people from around the world on a six day tour of Poland culminating with the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau.

UJS is offering places on next April's trip for £175. The price includes flights, all transfers, meals, accommodation and entrance fees.

The education programme will be taught by Holocaust studies specialists including Dr Robert Harris and Dr James Smith.

For more information email Richard@ujs.org.uk.

● Oxford JSoc has had a successful term, with a range of events attracting a substantial turnout from students.

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