Campus news

Schmoozing their way to success

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

Imagine a job where you can dress how you like, team-building means go-karting trips and there are jelly beans in every corner of the office. Imagine the fantasy for life after graduation.

For James and Michael Eder, it's a reality. Five years after they launched discount and lifestyle business, the Golders Green brothers oversee a team of 25 and run a website that gets 10 million page impressions every month.

More than 300 people applied for their latest job opening, and they've gone from using the smallest office in their building to the two largest.


UJS vote Daniel Grabiner as new president

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

Daniel Grabiner has been elected as the new president of the Union of Jewish Students.

The 21-year-old, who ran on the slogan “Grabiner - Making UJS current”, won by 258 votes to 90. Students from more than 30 campuses took part in a nationwide election roadshow.

The Leeds University Economics and Politics student will take over from current president Alex Dwek in July.

Mr Grabiner said he was “elated and still in shock” at his win.

“I’ve been thinking about this for so long – I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”


Guest brave snow for York Hillel launch

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

Jewish life at York University received a boost as students welcomed the opening of the new Hillel Centre on Wednesday.

Despite snowy conditions guests heard from a series of speakers and also lit candles to mark the first night of Chanucah.

The new centre is located in the heart of York’s campus and has a kitchen, lounge area and facilities to hold a communal Friday night dinner.


Who will win? It is time for you to decide...

November 25, 2010

Jewish students face a tough choice when electing their new leader this week.

Daniel Grabiner is, in many ways, the consummate candidate: Experienced in leading a large JSoc, plugged into the national political scene, and with an impressive list of contacts across the campus spectrum.

His efforts in Leeds and the obvious strength of his candidacy point towards someone who has prepared for the role for years.

He would undoubtedly be a safe pair of hands and would be comfortably capable of continuing the work of Adam Pike and Alex Dwek.


The battle to be new UJS president

By Marcus Dysch, November 25, 2010

Marcelle Jennings

Age: 21
Course: Sociology
Uni: University of Sussex
Slogan: Putting the 'U' back into UJS

What will you do differently if elected?

While I will focus more on individual JSocs instead of basing development on a largely regional basis, I will also continue with a lot of the great initiatives set up by the existing UJS team. I want to continue their work on "widening the debate", reclaiming the word Zionism, and the work towards helping graduating students with their career network forum.


'Israel a rogue state' student runs for Cambridge Union president

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

A student who helped win a debate on the delegitimisation of Israel by arguing that it is a “rogue state” only because of positives including humanitarianism and protection of civil liberties is hoping to become the next president of the Cambridge Union.

Gabriel Latner, from Toronto, was given a life ban from the union last month after the debate in which he opposed Ran Gidor, Israel’s minister for political affairs, to share a platform with pro-Palestinian campaigner Lauren Booth.


Jewish life soars at Wills and Kate uni

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2010

St Andrews JSoc is enjoying one of its most successful years thanks to a significant membership boost.

Last year the society signed up around 200 new members, meaning more events, backed by more people, are now able to take place.

At the end of October, JSoc arranged a successful Shabbaton with the help of members from nearby Dundee Hebrew Congregation. After a Shabbat morning service they held a discussion on the week's parsha and a bagel lunch.

Bill and Emily Shackman, from the Dundee community, have agreed to return to lead a number of services for students throughout the year.


Football helping UJS to build bridges

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2010

A five-a-side complex in Nottingham may be a long way from Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium, but for one group of student footballers the Spanish capital is their next destination.

The Seely 17 team, winners of the third annual Juefa Cup, will see Jose Mourinho's men compete in La Liga as their prize after picking up their own trophy at Sunday's tournament.

Following the success of the last two years in Birmingham and Leeds, the Union of Jewish Students' event attracted nearly 30 teams and more than 200 students to Nottingham.


Two go head-to-head in battle for UJS presidency

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2010

Two candidates have started their campaign to become the most important figure in Jewish student politics.

Daniel Grabiner and Marcelle Jennings have been confirmed as the only students standing to become UJS president and follow current incumbent Alex Dwek.

They will go through a rigorous election process, culminating with the result being announced after a final hustings evening in Birmingham on December 1.


Idan on his way to UK

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2010

Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel will tour campuses later this month.

He will perform in Leeds, Birmingham and Nottingham between November 28 and December 1 as part of a campaign organised by the Union of Jewish Students.

It is hoped the triple platinum-selling artist will also hold discussion groups with students following his gigs to discuss interfaith work and unity on campus.

In Leeds he is expected to run a workshop with the university's music department, handing down essential tips to Jewish and non-Jewish students.