Campus news

Serving up a treat: Kosher meals are hot stuff in Oxford

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Finding a kosher meal while living away from home at university can often be a struggle - but not in Oxford.

Students in the city are able to tuck in to quality kosher meat meals thanks to a combined effort from UJS Hillel, the University Jewish Chaplaincy and the local community.


Comment: In the front line, but we are battling hard

By Alex Dwek, March 10, 2011

Most Jewish students have a fantastic time at university, participating in all aspects of student life thanks to the dedication of our Jewish Society leaders and the generosity of our community.

However, we cannot pretend that the problems on campus are rare or isolated. They are real, they are serious and they require a serious response.


A new star rises in the Midlands

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

UJS Hillel hopes to reach a decision by the end of the university year on the best way to meet the changing demands of Nottingham's Jewish student population.

Daniel Marcus, UJS Hillel chief executive, said: "The reality has changed dramatically at Nottingham. To keep ahead of the game we are seriously looking at all potential options, from a space on campus itself to stand-alone centres."


Campus notebook: Chabad celebrates Shabbat 1000

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

Chabad societies across Britain pulled in a record number of students to mark the Shabbat 1000 initiative.


Survey results to shape future

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

The largest study of Jewish student identity and what it means to be Jewish on campus was launched this week.

It is expected the results will shape the community's work with students for the next decade.

The survey has been commissioned by UJS Hillel and is being conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR).


Reformed neo-Nazi extremist discusses past

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Former neo-Nazi Pawel-Pinchas Bromson spoke to more than 500 students as he conducted his first tour of Britain.

Mr Bromson, from Warsaw, visited campuses to tell the dramatic story of how he was a radical hater of foreigners, including Jews and Arabs, until he discovered that he and his wife were Jewish. The tour was organised by Chabad.

Mr Bromson explained how he made the discovery in a stack of papers he found in Warsaw Museum.

Later he plucked up the courage to visit the city's synagogue and was helped to embrace Orthodox Judaism and an observant lifestyle.


Free workshops will prepare job-seekers

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

A new project offering students help to prepare for job applications is being promoted on campuses this month.

Backed by UJS and Jeneration, recruitment specialist Simon Rickman will tour universities presenting free workshops which will provide advice on recognising strengths and weaknesses and the best way to land a dream job.

Mr Rickman said: "I've been in recruitment for more than 25 years and friends have always asked me to help their sons and daughters apply for jobs.

"I like to coach people and have always done so with great pleasure and some success.


Shabbat dinner for just £2

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2011

Around 1,000 students will take part in Shabbat UK on March 11.

The Union of Jewish Students' initiative offers the chance for every Jewish student in the country to have a Shabbat experience, regardless of where they live or study.

This year's event has a Sephardi theme, and for just £2 each participant receives a Friday night dinner including Shabbat candles and challah.

To reserve a meal, or for more information, email


Time to burst the Birmingham bubble?

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Wandering around campus, a student is likely to bump into a few acquaintances - coursemates, Facebook friends, perhaps the peculiar guy from first year whose name they can't remember.

But for Birmingham's Jewish student population "a few" doesn't cover it. Gila Gordan said: "There are thousands of students here but I bump into Jewish people I know absolutely everywhere. My non-Jewish friends ask how I know them all."

For 19-year-old Gila, who chose to study in Birmingham for the "full experience of a Jewish social life", the situation is not a problem.


Comment: Campuses must be safe for us all

By Rebecca Schapira, February 10, 2011

For too long, universities have irresponsibly allowed the preaching of the politics of hate under the guise of free speech.

By lobbying our MPs on an issue that we believe will gain cross-party consensus, we aim to provide universities with a clear framework that can be adopted by student unions.

These issues are urgent. Campus must be a safe environment for all students. It is unacceptable that hostile antisemitic sentiment has been allowed to spread.