Campus news

Comment: It's been a tough year - but we're stronger

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

As the current academic year comes to an end, Jewish students will be reflecting on a relatively peaceful period on campus, if not an entirely harmonious one.

The grim scenes of last year's anti-Israel lecture theatre occupations have thankfully not been repeated. But the fall-out on campuses following last month's Gaza flotilla incident would surely have been more considerable had students not been busy studying for exams.

Over the past 10 months we have covered a wide array of student news and views in JC On Campus.


Comment: The campus where Jewish life flourishes

By Carla Bradman, June 17, 2010

When The Pianist screenwriter Sir Ronald Harwood presented a lecture at Southampton University last September, he explained how he did not choose to write about the Holocaust; it chose him.

Most members of Southampton University's Jewish Society would explain their identity in a similar vein. Unlike other small JSocs they do not feel neglected on campus; Judaism finds them. While there is only a small Jewish presence in the city, Jewish identity and culture is thriving.


John Bercow speaks to Oxford Chabad

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2010

Oxford Chabad Society welcomed the first Jewish Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, to an end-of-term Friday night dinner.

Around 100 students, staff and Oxford Jewish community members heard Mr Bercow talk on the subject of "New Parliament, New Politics?".

He discussed how the expenses scandal had undermined the trust of the public in politics and should be viewed as a transition from traditional, executive-run politics to a new system of greater accountability.


Students can 'avert antisemitic backlash'

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

The Coexistence Trust, which tackles Islamophobia and antisemitism, is hoping its campus ambassadors programme will promote calm among British-based students amid tension in the Middle East.

The trust is recruiting 12 students to work to maintain good relations between communities on campuses.

They will encourage "respect, empowerment and change" at universities in Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Nottingham and Leicester.

Last week's Gaza flotilla incident led the Community Security Trust to warn of a possible backlash against Jews, including students.


Kosher cookery studies take off in New York

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

Do you watch the likes of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay from behind the sofa, wishing for once they would ditch the shrimps and bacon and prepare a nice kosher dinner?

Well worry not, New York's Centre for Kosher Culinary Arts is offering students courses in preparing fully kosher

More than 125 students have taken part over the past two years. Devorah-Leah Benson, 19, from Ilford, Essex, was one of them.


All's fair for sixth-formers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

UJS' sixth form student fair takes place on June 20.

A-level pupils will have the opportunity to meet JSoc members from around the country, learn about life for Jewish students on campus, and get specialist advice on welfare and accommodation.

The JC-sponsored event will be in Borehamwood.

For more details email or call 020 7424 3299.


Bands battle? Go, go, go

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch will be on the judging panel at a battle of the bands night organised by Hillel's Past and Pending committee.

Acoustica II will take place at the Paradise club in Notting Hill, west London, on June 17.

Mr Winehouse will be joined by record company executives as they choose the top performers on the night.

Tickets are £15/£12. Visit


Jewish students' Gucci fashion event

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Gucci – they are some of the biggest names in fashion, more often associated with London, New York and Paris, but later this month they will feature at a charity event run by three Jewish students in Oxford.

The Red Dress Couture Ball, organised by Leo Seigal, Bryan Baum and Samantha Friedmann, is supported by leading industry figures including Harold Tillman, head of the British Fashion Council.


Records on menu

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

Students in Nottingham have helped their regional chaplains Rabbi Yochanan Pereira and his wife Jodie set a new personal best for serving meals.

The couple provided almost 250 meals in the week of Shavuot.

Sushi, lasagne, pizza and chocolate brownie cheesecake proved the most popular choices with diners.

The Pereiras erected a marquee in their garden for the
following Shabbat


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.