Campus news

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.


Your guide to Jewish campus life

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2010

Welcome back to the section which brings you the most comprehensive coverage of Jewish student life – JC On Campus.

As the Jewish calendar turns to 5771, JC On Campus enters its second year in a new home, as part of the Community section.

We will be bringing you the latest news and issues affecting our student community from campuses across the country.

The section is dedicated to representing Jewish students' views on topics from Israel to interfaith and social action to socialising.

Every campus has a unique identity and every Jewish Society offers something different.


Get packing with complete home set

September 21, 2010

One of the biggest challenges of starting student life is setting up home independently, away from the comfort and luxury provided by your family.

But this year there is an alternative to shlepping through Ikea, eating from a saucepan because there are no plates and using a sleeping bag because you have no bed sheets.

A range of special starter packs, developed by Benjy Sandford, a second year student at Birmingham University, and backed by the Union of Jewish Students, will solve all your potential domestic problems.


Food for thought for Manchester students

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

Manchester Jewish society (MJS) is welcoming freshers to university life - with the promise of plenty of food and drink for hungry Jewish students.

Throughout this week committee members are on hand at “Welcome Weeks” stalls at Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Salford Universities to meet new students and answer questions.

The society is also planning to hold a barbeque launch event and during the autumn term will be putting on regular bagel lunches, Israel advocacy events and bar crawls.


Gap year Brits show solidarity with Shalits

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A group of British teenagers have visited the parents of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Bnei Akiva gap year participants, who arrived in Israel earlier this month, met Noam and Aviva Shalit at their protest tent in Jerusalem and presented them with flag signed by all members of the group.

The Shalits have been camped outside Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu’s residence since July to draw attention to their son’s plight.


Chabad attracts crowd for Yom Kippur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2010

More than 60 students and young professionals saw in Yom Kippur with a meal at Chabad house in South Kensington.

Services were held throughout Yom Kippur and most people stayed to break the fast with Rabbi Mendy and Sara Loewenthal.

Chabad opened in the area two years ago to provide for students at Imperial University.

One of those who attended services told Rabbi Mendy: “You have allowed people to do a Yom Kippur as it should be done.”


Ex-Islamist Ed Husain attacks hate speaker

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2010

University vice-chancellors must do more to protect Jewish students from hatred on campuses, according to the director of a counter-extremism think tank.

Ed Husain, co-founder of the Quilliam organisation, was speaking at the Union of Jewish Students' annual campaigns summit.

He attacked appearances on campuses of speakers such as Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi.

Dr Tamimi is a regular speaker at universities and has told students that he "longs to be a martyr" and believes Israel "must come to an end".