Campus news

Campus notebook: new Middlesex JSoc

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

● Jewish students at Middlesex University have set up a new JSoc.

The newly-created committee signed up 30 members at last month's Freshers Fair, and has recorded more than 100 people showing interest in educational and social events.

One of the first events was a Halloween bar crawl, attended by around 15 students. A sushi night will be held on Monday, November 14, in support of Tzedek.


Call for UJS campaigns director to go

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

An online petition has been launched calling on the Union of Jewish Students to sack its campaigns director.

It follows a clash between Dan Sheldon and Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a debate hosted by Leeds JSoc on Monday.


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


Israel debate can 'set the tone' for year

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

The Israel Society at the London School of Economics hosted a panel debate on the future of the two-state solution.


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.


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