Campus news

New York tour inspires European group

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

The European Centre for Jewish Students ran its first trans-Atlantic trip with a five-day educational tour to New York.

More than 150 students from 22 European countries took part, learning about Jewish life in the Big Apple.

They met Sarri Singer, daughter of New Jersey Senator Robert Singer. She spoke of her experience of surviving a terrorist attack in Israel and how living under constant threat affects a society.

Rabbi Ari Hier from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre presented the film Against the Tide, documenting American reactions to the Holocaust.

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UJS top team is ready for action

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2010

Alex Dwek, chairman-elect of the Union of Jewish Students, has put the final touches to his new team.

Since winning last year's election, Alex has been working to form a new administration to work alongside him when he takes over the top job in Jewish student politics in mid-July.

Together with outgoing chair Adam Pike, the 22-year-old has been interviewing candidates for a number of roles.

Marking its position as one of the most progressive community organisations, all of the society's senior management positions, other than chair, will be held by women.

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Celebration for Birmingham chaplain couple

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2010

A celebration dinner has been held to mark Birmingham chaplain Rabbi Fishel Cohen and his wife Esther's 25 years of service.

The couple moved to the city in August 1984, initially taking responsibility for the entire Midlands region, and have since attended to the religious, pastoral and welfare needs of thousands of students.

Over the years they have covered universities in Warwick, Wolverhampton, Derby, Coventry, Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham.

On Sunday, more than 200 people attended the Midlands Region Chaplaincy Board dinner to celebrate the couple's work.

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Manchester students urged to stay in city

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

Manchester JSoc's final Friday Night Fever of the year saw speakers tackle the issue of the "brain-drain" of graduates leaving the city after completing their degrees.

Four members of UJIA's leadership programme discussed the perceived problem of students not interacting with the local Jewish community and then returning to their home cities after graduating, rather than starting their careers in the North West.

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Tournament in memory of Oxford student

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

More than 125 people took part in a football tournament in memory of Oxford University student Antonia Bruch.

Antonia, who was 18, had been studying theology at Regent's Park College for a month when she contracted meningitis and died last October.

The Lag b'Omer event, sponsored by University Jewish Chaplaincy, saw 25 teams compete in the five-a-side competition.

Other attractions included a kosher barbecue and an auction of football memorabilia.

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High demand for Jewish uni chaplains

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

An unprecedented level of demand from students has led University Jewish Chaplaincy to recruit extra staff for a range of new roles.

Requests for assistance with a variety of social, educational and welfare-related problems has stretched the country's team of 10 chaplains.

In response, UJC has created two new roles to cover JSocs in London and the north east.

From September, a project officer will work with London chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder to provide extra help.

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Jewish students lead the way for charitable work

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Jewish student organisations are leading the way as campuses become a focal point for charity work and volunteering projects.

They are increasingly taking part in social action programmes to give something back to communities in the towns and cities where they study.

The Union of Jewish Students launched its One campaign earlier this year, using Jewish values to encourage social activism and train members for involvement with a range of charitable efforts and apply for grants to help make a difference on their campuses.

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UJS runs fair for student advice

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is running a fair for sixth form students who are preparing to go to university.

The JC-sponsored event will give A-level pupils the opportunity to meet members of JSocs from around the country.

Those attending the event will be able to learn about what life is like for Jewish students on campus.

There will be specialist stalls giving advice on safety and security, welfare and financial support, pastoral care, accommodation and gap year programmes.

The fair takes place in Borehamwood on June 20.

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Internship aid on offer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Students, graduates and job seekers will have the chance to find work experience and internships with the help of a Jewish charity this summer.

TrainE-TraidE, which provides employment opportunities for Jews, is running a scheme aimed at placing prospective job candidates in companies across a range of industries.

Shraga Zaltzman, managing director of TrainE-TraidE, said: "Finding a job is difficult at the best of times, not to mention now during an economic recession. The summer placement scheme will help to provide candidates with experience."

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UJS send exam survival packages to students

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is helping its members through the stressful exam period by distributing special survival packs containing chicken soup and cupcakes.

Students can choose to buy rations for themselves or parents can order one for their child complete with a personalised, handwritten card.

The £3.50 packs contain chicken soup, kosher Haribo sweets and a UJS pen.

As part of the "supper in a cuppa" project, UJS staff will also visit JSocs and Hillel houses around Britain to deliver cups of chicken soup and cakes for those in need of revision respite.

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