Campus news

Durham JSoc mission to provide Shabbat dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The meat is delivered from Manchester, the rabbinical supervision comes from Gateshead, and the chef works for the university.

Preparing a kosher Friday night dinner for Jewish students in Durham is a team effort, but it is one that has brought significant rewards.

Durham University's Jewish Society picked up the Developing JSoc of the Year trophy at the UJS awards ceremony last month in recognition of its achievements over the past 12 months.

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Chabad to open student centre in Liverpool

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

Chabad is to open a new centre for Jewish students in Liverpool.

Manchester-born Rabbi Shmuly Brown and his wife Tzivia will open their home and offer Shabbat dinners, education sessions and social activities.

It is the latest step in Chabad's expansion of its campus work, which has seen significant development in Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham, south London and Leeds over the past two years.

The Liverpool venture means the organisation now assists students at 11 centres around the country.

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UJS: I'm proud we tackled Islamic group at NUS

By Carly McKenzie, April 22, 2010

The primary aim of the Union of Jewish Students is to maintain the welfare of our students and uphold Jewish values on campus. At the NUS conference, this is no different.

While it is tempting and easy to belittle the very real politics of NUS, it is integral that the efforts of Jewish students who attended Conference - as delegates and volunteers - be applauded.

Our record at this year's NUS Conference included:

● Combating a broad Left attempt to re-affiliate with the Stop the War Coalition. We won.

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It's take two for the JSoc Oscars

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010

The achievements of the country's most dedicated and enterprising Jewish students will be recognised at a special awards ceremony this week.

Around 150 students from across the country are expected to attend the UJS Student Awards in Camden, north London, on Sunday night.

It will be the second time the awards have taken place. More than 50 students have been nominated for their efforts.

Emma Rickman, UJS events officer, said it was an opportunity to recognise the impact students have on their campuses.

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Networking day will give job hunters a head start

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is holding its first career networking conference.

Students will have the opportunity to meet professionals from industries including law, education, property, marketing and finance.

A speed-dating format will give participants a chance to make useful contacts with high-fliers from the wider Jewish community.

Monday's event will end with a talk by tycoon Gerald Ronson.

UJS chair Adam Pike explains here how his own struggle to find a job helped inspire the event:

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I'll be out there, says new UJS chair

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

Taking on the top job in Jewish student politics is a daunting task. But Alex Dwek, chairman-elect of the Union of Jewish Students, cannot wait to start work.

The 22-year-old Londoner is preparing to start his role in mid-July and has revealed his plans in depth for the first time.

Alex, correctly tipped by JC On Campus to win last December's election, is in the final stages of putting his executive team together. Candidates are being chosen to fill roles ranging from campaigns director to regional development officers.

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Chief: let's all exploit YouTube

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks spoke to students about the importance of leadership during an event organised by UJC's Scotland and North East chaplain Garry Wayland.

During Sunday's event at Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation synagogue in Glasgow, around 40 students discussed the role of teamwork with Rabbi Sacks.

He explained how he uses a YouTube channel to reach out to students and said people must "think outside the box" to fight antisemitism and Islamophobia.

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JSoc arrives in Cheltenham

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

A new JSoc has been set up at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham.

Reverend Malcolm Weisman and UJS central development officer Josh Colman met students last week.

Rev Weisman said: "We are planning some activities with the Cheltenham Jewish community, where members have already offered the students hospitality. We think there could be between 10 and 20 Jewish students there."

Students wishing to join the JSoc or get more information should email Josh at josh@ujs.org.uk.

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Auschwitz opened my eyes and I have closure

March 4, 2010

I wanted to see Poland to explore my heritage. My small, Yiddish-speaking booba, Bella, came from a town called Szczebrzeszyn in south east Poland. She and her family managed to escape the Nazi onslaught and spent the war working in frozen Siberia.

The Jeneration trip was led by renowned Jewish educator Jeremy Leigh, and we also had a Polish guide, Marcelina, who gave us a different insight into the story of the Jews of Poland.

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JSocs building bridges

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2010

More than 30 students took part in a weekend retreat in Bournemouth organised by the Union of Jewish Students and University Jewish Chaplaincy.

Representatives of 11 small and medium sized Jewish Societies from the central and southern regions braved bad weather to enjoy a barbeque and stroll on the beach.

Topics up for discussion included Jewish views on gambling, creationism and social action.

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