Campus news

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


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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

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


Why time out doesn't mean time off

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

Experiencing Israel
Daniel Bratt, 18, Hendon

● I chose Israel because I feel a close connection to the country and recognised this might be my only chance to live here as more than a tourist.

I'm on Bnei Akiva's Lehava programme. The programme has a great mix of opportunities - we do a leadership course, Yeshiva study, the Marva army experience, volunteer and live on a kibbutz. Evenings and weekends are ours to explore Israel.


UJS picks new president

By Jennifer Lipman, December 9, 2010

Daniel Grabiner has been elected as next year's president of the Union of Jewish Students.

The 21-year-old Leeds University student, who ran on the slogan "Grabiner - Making UJS currant", won by 258 votes to 90. He takes over from current chair Alex Dwek in July.

Mr Grabiner said he was "elated and in shock" at his win.

"I've been thinking about this for so long – I can't believe it's happening.

"Everyone has been unbelievably supportive. After the result I had so many messages my Blackberry nearly exploded!"


Cheers for the chaplaincy

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

More than 130 graduates enjoyed an evening of sushi, cocktails and magic in London to raise money for the University Jewish Chaplaincy (UJC).

Former students from around the UK, along with chaplains for London, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and Nottingham, attended the inaugural alumni event to help UJC reach its annual fundraising target of £1 million.

The evening saw the launch of a drive asking alumni to donate "a coin a week" to the organisation.