Campus news

Walking tubes and rugelach on the go

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

London is either a student's dream or nightmare. On the one hand, there are world-class academic institutions and bars and clubs for every taste. On the other, you have to get the tube to class and rents can be astronomical.

As second-year Queen Mary University student Danni Godsi puts it, "it really depends on the type of person".

The city's Jewish student body is thought to number around 2,000, but the true figure is probably higher, as not everyone signs up for JSoc. Around 30 universities are covered by UJS, with at least 20 JSocs in the capital.


Mature students find new flavour for Jewish life

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

A new society for Jewish postgraduates and mature students has been set up in Yorkshire.

Leeds students Michael Kay and Kate Sutton, along with Julia Doff from Manchester University, set up the Jewish Postgraduate society (JPG) last month.

"We want to provide a different flavour from the usual JSoc events," said Michael, 23, who is studying for a PhD in the history of science.

"We aren't the first to try this. UJS did something similar years ago, but there wasn't much interest – possibly because there weren't so many students.


Vandals target Jewish centre on Illinois campus

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2010

A Chabad house at a prestigious American university has been vandalised.

Attackers broke the bulbs and one branch of a statue of a menorah outside the Jewish centre, which serves students at the Northwestern University campus in Illinois.

Local police said they were viewing the incident as a hate crime and investigating what happened.

The Chabad director, Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, told the student newspaper that the vandalism reinforced “the need to educate people on the importance of different religious symbols.”


Victory at Cambridge Israel is 'rogue state' debate

By Jennifer Lipman, October 29, 2010

An Israeli politician received a warm welcome at a recent Cambridge Union debate.

Ran Gidor, Israel’s minister for political affairs, was joined by former radical Islamist Shiraz Maher to oppose the motion “Israel is a rogue state” at the debate last Thursday.

Arguing for the other side was Lauren Booth, the pro-Palestinian activist and half-sister of Cherie Blair, who announced last weekend that she had converted to Islam.


Capitol Hill is at the end of my road

October 28, 2010

Washington is one of the most exciting cities I've ever been in - and I took a gap year in south-east Asia.

Capitol Hill is at the end of my road and my house is right by the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. It's like living down the road from Parliament and in walking distance from St Paul's Cathedral.


New Hillel to boost life in Cardiff

By Katie Taylor, October 28, 2010

Jewish students in Cardiff are enjoying improved facilities in a revamped Hillel House.

The refurbished property has four bedrooms for live-in students, new lighting and a plasma-screen television.

The kitchen can now be used to prepare both meat and milk meals, so that the JSoc can host Friday night dinners.

Central development officer for UJS Matt Keston hopes "the new Hillel will attract more people. There are only 30 members of Cardiff JSoc."


Plans underway for Leeds Booze for Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2010

Leeds Jewish society has set the date for this year’s “Booze for Jews” event.

The annual celebration, which last year attracted more than 1,000 students, will take place on December 5.

The location is still to be revealed, but last year’s was held at Leeds’s Mission night club and included the distribution of hundreds of free hotdogs.

Natalie Bracey, publicity officer for Leeds JSoc, said: “Save the date - every student is welcome.”

She added: “This is known to be the biggest and best Booze for Jews.”


Meat treat for Cardiff Jewish students

By Katie Taylor, October 26, 2010

The newly refurbished Cardiff Hillel has hosted its first ever meaty Friday night meal.

The Hillel, with its new meat kitchen and brand new appliances was able to serve a meaty meal to 12 students, including UJS Central development officer, Matt Keston.

Mr Keston said: “The night was a roaring success. The food was fantastic and we played a lot of fun games.

“It was a perfect start to the year for the Cardiff JSoc committee who now hope to run Friday nights in the Hillel centre every other week.”


New dawn for South Coast society

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

A revolution is taking place at one of the country's most remote Jewish societies.

Hundreds of miles from universities in the Midlands and north of England which have attracted Jewish students for decades, Exeter JSoc is enjoying a resurgence under the stewardship of new president Ben Salamon and campaigns and publicity officer Max Edwards.

The two-man committee has taken on the task of running the society for the next 12 months.


Footballers up for the Juefa Cup

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

The biggest tournament in Jewish student football is back.

The third Juefa Cup takes place in Nottingham on November 14 and offers male and female footballers a chance to pick up top prizes.

The five-a-side competition takes place on the same day as Nottingham JSoc’s Booze for Jews event. Sponsored by the Kyte Charitable Trust and UJIA Birthright, it will feature a barbecue and free refreshments for fans.

Players will be asked to donate old football shirts, scarves, gloves and hats which will be sent to disadvantaged children abroad.