Campus news

Reformed neo-Nazi extremist discusses past

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Former neo-Nazi Pawel-Pinchas Bromson spoke to more than 500 students as he conducted his first tour of Britain.

Mr Bromson, from Warsaw, visited campuses to tell the dramatic story of how he was a radical hater of foreigners, including Jews and Arabs, until he discovered that he and his wife were Jewish. The tour was organised by Chabad.

Mr Bromson explained how he made the discovery in a stack of papers he found in Warsaw Museum.

Later he plucked up the courage to visit the city's synagogue and was helped to embrace Orthodox Judaism and an observant lifestyle.

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Free workshops will prepare job-seekers

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

A new project offering students help to prepare for job applications is being promoted on campuses this month.

Backed by UJS and Jeneration, recruitment specialist Simon Rickman will tour universities presenting free workshops which will provide advice on recognising strengths and weaknesses and the best way to land a dream job.

Mr Rickman said: "I've been in recruitment for more than 25 years and friends have always asked me to help their sons and daughters apply for jobs.

"I like to coach people and have always done so with great pleasure and some success.

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Shabbat dinner for just £2

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Around 1,000 students will take part in Shabbat UK on March 11.

The Union of Jewish Students' initiative offers the chance for every Jewish student in the country to have a Shabbat experience, regardless of where they live or study.

This year's event has a Sephardi theme, and for just £2 each participant receives a Friday night dinner including Shabbat candles and challah.

To reserve a meal, or for more information, email matt@ujs.org.uk.

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Time to burst the Birmingham bubble?

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Wandering around campus, a student is likely to bump into a few acquaintances - coursemates, Facebook friends, perhaps the peculiar guy from first year whose name they can't remember.

But for Birmingham's Jewish student population "a few" doesn't cover it. Gila Gordan said: "There are thousands of students here but I bump into Jewish people I know absolutely everywhere. My non-Jewish friends ask how I know them all."

For 19-year-old Gila, who chose to study in Birmingham for the "full experience of a Jewish social life", the situation is not a problem.

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Comment: Campuses must be safe for us all

By Rebecca Schapira, February 10, 2011

For too long, universities have irresponsibly allowed the preaching of the politics of hate under the guise of free speech.

By lobbying our MPs on an issue that we believe will gain cross-party consensus, we aim to provide universities with a clear framework that can be adopted by student unions.

These issues are urgent. Campus must be a safe environment for all students. It is unacceptable that hostile antisemitic sentiment has been allowed to spread.

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Campus notebook - Purim in Spain

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Jewish identity in the 21st century was the topic for debate when historian Yaakov Wise, of Manchester University's Centre for Jewish Studies, visited Liverpool.More than 30 students attended Dr Wise's discussion, hosted by Rabbi Shmuli Brown, director of Chabad of Liverpool Universities.

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UJS lobbyists deliver concerns to Westminster

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Students from around the country united to call on the government and universities to do more to tackle hate speech on campuses.

More than 100 students attended the Union of Jewish Students' annual lobby day at Parliament last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, addressed lobbyists.

Students met their constituency MPs and encouraged them to pressure Universities Minister David Willetts and vice-chancellors to deal more effectively with extremism on campus.

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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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