Campus news

Lord Sacks to tour UK universities

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

The Chief Rabbi is to embark on a nationwide tour to meet Jewish students.

Lord Sacks will be speaking at Jewish Society events at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester.

The talks are to be centered on the role of faith in modern Britain, the importance of having a vibrant Jewish student community and how students can deal with the challenges of campus life.

Lord Sacks will also look at how young people can draw on Jewish values to make a positive impact on the world, and how they can best counter antisemitism and anti-Zionism while at university.


Manchester students block anti-Israel amendment

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

Jewish students at Manchester University have successfully prevented the inclusion of an anti-Israel statement in a motion intended to promote “peace through education.”

An amendment put forward by Manchester Jewish Society ensured the removal of an accusation about Israeli apartheid, proposed by Action Palestine Society.

The original text read: “Pro Israeli apartheid organisations and individuals …have made up slanderous accusations and claims that supporting Palestinian educational institutions is support for terrorism.”


Islamic extremism, intimidation at London's City University

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2010

A London university’s Islamic society promoted a “hard-line Islamist ideology” which led to “the intimidation and harassment of staff, students and members of minority”, researchers have revealed.

A report by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam shows that the behaviour of City University’s Islamic society (ISoc) “during the last academic year “scared” Jewish students and moderate Muslims and “led to increased religious tensions on campus.”

The authors of the report cautioned that “such extremism may increase the risks of students turning to terrorism.”


Columnist unrepentant after 'tight fist' joke

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

A university newspaper has apologised for printing a column featuring jokes about Jews being tight-fisted.

The launch issue of London Student, distributed to universities and colleges which are part of the University of London, included an article titled The Tight Fist – Lessons in frugality from a real Jew.

The Union of Jewish Students complained to the newspaper's editorial board that the column contained antisemitic stereotypes.


Newest Hillel is game for 2012

By Katie Taylor, October 14, 2010

A dedicated home for postgraduate students has been opened with the help of the Jewish Community Housing Association and UJS Hillel.

The newly-renovated eight-bedroom property in Golders Green, north west London, is for students working towards Masters degrees or Doctorates.

Sara Clarke, JCHA chief executive, said: "This initiative follows the great success over the past five years of working with UJS Hillel to house students in our complex in Princes Park Avenue."


Cycle ride for poverty charity

By Katie Taylor, October 14, 2010

A student-led bike ride around England will raise funds to tackle poverty and environmental issues.

The project, being planned by UJS to take place in July 2011, will help the Tzedek charity and the Jewish Community Centre for London. It will include aspects of Jewish educational work.

UJS and Tzedek are currently recruiting volunteers to help in the planning stages, including logistics, publicity and organising the route.


Liberal chaplains arrive on campus

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

Liberal Judaism has launched its first team of chaplains to serve Jewish students at the country's major universities.

The scheme will put students in touch with their nearest Liberal rabbi for spiritual and emotional support and to get information about synagogues and services in their area.

Yszi Hawkings, who graduated from Sheffield University this summer, will co-ordinate the project.

She said: "I am delighted that the rabbis of Liberal Judaism are supporting our students in this way. Once again we are bringing our services to those in need, wherever and whoever they may be.


Campus Notebook

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2010

Rabbi Yitzchok Kaye – the ManUJew – will be providing kosher sandwiches for students on campuses in Manchester this year.

He expects to serve around 1,500 meals each term from his base in Fallowfield. Manchester University has also granted Rabbi Kaye access to campus facilities to provide hot kosher food.
He said: “The university is blazing the way forward and is a terrific example to other universities that kosher food is important and should be supplied.”

UJS has launched a Jewish Student Law Network.


Hundreds join JSocs as campus life kicks off

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2010

University Jewish societies are enjoying a busy start to the academic year with hundreds of new members taking part in Freshers' Week events across the country.

With the majority of students arriving on their campuses in the weeks clashing with Succot and Simchat Torah, many JSocs ran succah-based introductions to university life. Barbecues and Shabbat dinners led the way as the most popular events.


Respect expels 'antisemitic' Tower Hamlets candidate

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

George Galloway’s Respect party apologised after it emerged that one of its national council members had posted “antisemitic” comments about Jews on Facebook – despite campaigning against racism against Muslims.

Abul “Abz” Hussain, who stood unsuccessfully in May to become a Tower Hamlets councillor suggested in one post that a “Jew” should be swapped for aid to Gaza. He has now been expelled from the party.

The former law student at the London School of Economics also joked about chopping off a Jewish person’s peyot (sideburns) and confiscating their kippah.