Campus news

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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Analysis: We must tackle student unions' silence on hate

February 25, 2010

Picture the scene: a young man charges at a government minister and is removed by security while kicking, screaming and spitting antisemitic abuse at the audience.

Earlier this month I witnessed this disturbing sight first-hand in the chamber of the supposedly genteel Oxford Union - the "last bastion of free speech".

Unfazed by the incident, many students in the braying crowd continued to scream at the speaker, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, and attempted to mob him on his way out. Make no mistake: the atmosphere was not one a nice Jewish boy would feel comfortable in.

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Kosher kitchen plan gives Hull a recipe for revival

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2010

A kosher kitchen could be up and running for students in Hull in time for the next academic year as the university’s JSoc enjoys a revival.

The city’s Hillel house closed in 2004 after years of being under-occupied. It was hoped that after the property had been sold, funds could be allocated to support kosher facilities for JSoc members on campus.

But with too few Jewish students moving to the city, the project was shelved. It is now being resurrected as Hull JSoc enjoys its best year in more than a decade.

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Taking action in Africa

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2010

Jeneration, the pluralist initiative for students and young adults, is organising a two-week trip to Kenya which aims to encourage students to volunteer for social action programmes.

The trip, organised jointly with the conservation and development group Frontier, will include community-building projects, sessions working with local residents and sightseeing tours.

There are 10 places available for people aged 18 to 25. Jeneration has secured funding allowing places to be offered at the subsidised rates of £800 and £1,600.

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Lunches that fill a gap

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2010

Kosher lunches are back on the menu at Imperial College London after a six-month break in service.

A canteen offering kosher fare closed last summer, leaving students facing a challenge to find suitable food while on campus.

But Rabbi Mendy Loewenthal, director of South Kensington Chabad, has now intervened, securing funding from private donors to fill the gap until the canteen
reopens.

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