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Revisiting the past to protect our future

February 23, 2012

We knew that travelling to Kovno would be a surreal experience. After excitedly boarding the plane we landed in Lithuania two hours later and watched the snow lining the streets and covering the rooftops. We walked into the Israeli students' centre, where we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed our first evening with a great dinner followed by very effective speed-socialising.


Students clash at Israel Apartheid Week

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2012

Jewish students have clashed with anti-Israel protesters during a fight at the London School of Economics.

A scuffle broke out between Jewish and Israeli students and demonstrators who had erected a mock "Israeli apartheid wall" as part of an Israel Apartheid Week protest.

LSE's Israel Society condemned the violent scenes and claimed a Jewish student was injured in the melee.


Oxford JSoc finds recipe for success

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Oxford JSoc leaders believe the success of a dedicated fundraising initiative will help "turn the tide" on falling numbers attending its Shabbat dinners.

In an attempt to stem the decline the society's committee approached donors within the wider Jewish community to raise the money needed to lower the cost of Friday night meals for students.

The committee had witnessed a significant drop in


Raising the bar: how a bold idea sparked success

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The biggest Jewish Society fundraising initiative ever undertaken on a British campus has raised more than £11,000 for charity.

Students from Nottingham JSoc took part in the 100 for 100 campaign, which encouraged 100 members to each raise £100. Many raised far more.


Hull follows its 'speak up' tradition

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

Hull University history students displayed an exhibit on genocide as part of the city's HMD efforts.

Their project includes insights into human rights violations from the concentration camps of the Boer War to more recent genocides, and follows the Speak Up, Speak Out theme of this year's commemoration.

Second-year student James Selway has written to David Cameron urging the government to do


Campus notebook: Liverpool JSoc celebrates anniversary

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

● Liverpool JSoc celebrates its 90th anniversary with a charity ball on March 3.

Money will be raised for three charities: the Lone Soldier Centre, which supports young immigrants and volunteers serving in the Israeli Defence Forces; Langdon College, the residential specialist further education college for Jewish students with learning difficulties; and the Daniel Bleiberg Trust, set up in me


Brunel union investigation after anti-Israel protest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Brunel University's students union is looking into a protest that saw demonstrators stage a fake checkpoint scene to oppose a talk by an Israeli diplomat.

Ran Gidor, an official at Israel's London embassy, spoke at the Uxbridge university earlier this month in an event organised by the social sciences department.


We have Starbucks and Tesco, but no kosher meat

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

When I began my business course at the University of Nottingham I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be moving all the way to the other side of the world to a city called Ningbo, in China, as part of my degree.

Arriving for my exchange year I asked myself what I was doing. China is completely different to home, and Ningbo especially so. It was hot and sticky.


Rise of fraternities leads to friction

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The increasing popularity of Jewish "fraternities" is dividing opinion on campuses across the country.

Students at UJS conference earlier this month voted to condemn the groups, accusing them of being "exclusive" and "sexist".

In the past year, many campuses have witnessed the launch of clubs replicating the US Greek system which has often featured in comedy films such as Old School.



Nottingham in need of funds after years of success

By Marcus Dysch, December 8, 2011

One of the country's largest university Jewish societies is to launch a fundraising campaign to help finance an improved centre for their social and religious events.