Campus news

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.


Campus notebook - Purim in Spain

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Jewish identity in the 21st century was the topic for debate when historian Yaakov Wise, of Manchester University's Centre for Jewish Studies, visited Liverpool.More than 30 students attended Dr Wise's discussion, hosted by Rabbi Shmuli Brown, director of Chabad of Liverpool Universities.


UJS lobbyists deliver concerns to Westminster

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Students from around the country united to call on the government and universities to do more to tackle hate speech on campuses.

More than 100 students attended the Union of Jewish Students' annual lobby day at Parliament last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, addressed lobbyists.

Students met their constituency MPs and encouraged them to pressure Universities Minister David Willetts and vice-chancellors to deal more effectively with extremism on campus.


Anti-Israel protesters clash with Israel's top Bedouin diplomat

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2011

University security officers were called to protect the most senior Muslim in the Israeli Foreign Ministry when pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted his appearance at a British campus.

Diplomat Ismail Khaldi, a Galilee Bedouin, had just started to speak at Edinburgh University on Wednesday evening when demonstrators began chanting and surrounded him.

The university’s International Relations Society had earlier pulled out of the event, saying the invitation to Mr Khaldi was “unjust to the Palestinian people who live under an apartheid regime”.


Ambassadors will improve unity

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2011

What do a part-time imam, a martial arts enthusiast and a potential Olympic rower have in common?

They are all starting work as campus ambassadors for the Coexistence Trust, combating antisemitism and Islamophobia at universities across the country.

The one-year leadership programme for first and second year Jewish and Muslim students was launched at the House of Lords last week.

Working on a dozen campuses, the ambassadors will engage with students from all religious backgrounds to develop social action projects, explore common links, and promote positive interfaith work.


Campus notebook - London JSoc success

February 3, 2011

● London JSoc has made a busy start to the term with a number of well-attended events.

A winter-wonderland Friday night dinner saw a record turnout of 80 students.

JC editor Stephen Pollard held a discussion at the Café Hillel event, and Israeli hip-hop group Shtar performed a special gig for students.

London Booze for Jews will take place on March 27.

● World Bnei Akiva's twelvth international conference took place in Jerusalem with more than 150 representatives from 30 countries taking part. Seven British delegates represented BA UK.


UJS opens awards vote

February 3, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has opened nominations for its annual awards ceremony.

The awards encourage students to recognise the hard work and dedication of their friends and colleagues who have made exceptional contributions to Jewish life on campus.

Prizes for the winners include trips to northern Israel and the former Soviet Union.

For the first time this year there will be a category for the best large JSoc.

Nominations close on March 20, with the ceremony taking place in London on April 3.

To make a nomination visit


UJS looks for new staff

February 3, 2011

Dedicated and hardworking graduates are being sought to work for the new UJS administration.

Applications have opened for positions including developing JSocs officer, London officer, campaigns director, public affairs officer, London officer and membership activities officer.

The team will work with new UJS chair Daniel Grabiner when he takes office in July.

The deadline for applications is February 11, with interviews taking place in the week commencing February 21.

To see what jobs are available, and to apply, visit the UJS website.