Campus news

Comment: Time to leave the ghetto

By Roseanna Lewis, January 21, 2010

University is all about meeting people and gaining an understanding of other cultures. But are the large groups of Jewish students at universities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham really gaining all they can from the experience?

I have enjoyed my time at Birmingham so far, but I feel the number of Jewish students here could turn from a positive to a negative.

There are a few options for accommodation in your first year. You can live off campus at Hillel, which is good for some, but immediately isolates you from all non-Jewish freshers.


My holiday job dream flopped

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2009

“A couple of friends were going abroad as au pairs and the thought of returning to Spain appealed to me. Living with a family would help keep up my Spanish and I had previously enjoyed working with children.

“My friends recommended a website where they found jobs, so I logged on and posted a profile.

“I got a few responses, including one from an agent in Majorca. She rang to tell me she had a suitable family. I was interested, so she put us in touch.


Alex Dwek wins UJS chairman election

By Robyn Rosen, December 11, 2009

Manchester University student, Alex Dwek, tipped by the JC to win, has been elected the next chairman of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS).

Mr Dwek, 21, heard of his victory last week in Leeds after five days of elections across the UK where almost 600 students turned up to vote.


You’re hired - UJS style

December 10, 2009

UJS has launched an Apprentice-style competition, offering three internships in the commercial and charitable sectors under the mentorship of top Jewish businessmen.

Gerald Ronson, CST chairman, Sir Trevor Chinn, chairman of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Poju Zabludowicz, chairman of BICOM will mentor a selection of second year students for 18 months.

Each apprentice will complete three internships in business and charitable organisations including Olswangs, Travelex and World Jewish Relief. Applications close on December 20.


Student link with refugees

December 10, 2009

Students from Brighton and Sussex will be “befriending” young refugees and asylum seekers after the JSoC formed a link project.

Students will receive mentoring training before assisting and guiding asylum seekers through the Refugee and Asylum Seekers Project.

Ruth Samuel, JSoc’s education and social action representative, said: “We chose to link with this project because it gives Jewish students the chance to make a difference to people and to gain experience of other cultures and the issues that refugees face today.”


Brighton and Hove’s Hillel has a new home

By Robyn Rosen, December 10, 2009

The Brighton and Hove Hillel Committee has bought a £350,000 building to be used as a drop-in centre for Jewish students.

The centre, which is at the rear of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation’s Grade II* listed synagogue, will include a lounge, library, separate meat and milk kitchens, washing and sleeping facilities, meeting room, small synagogue and dining room for 40 people.


Hot dogs at Booze 4 Jews

December 10, 2009

Emma Rickman, Charlotte Leigh, Elana Wall and Georgina Bye were among more than 1,000 students who attended Booze 4 Jews at Leeds’s Mission night club last week where hundreds of free hotdogs were handed out to revellers.

And for the first time, an organised group of students from Glasgow and Durham JSocs attended.
Hayden Krasner, president of the Northern Region Jewish Student Committee, said: “I’m really pleased to see the northern students being able to enjoy the experience of a successful large JSoc event.”


Unite against college radicals, urges writer

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Writer and think tanker Douglas Murray has urged pupils at UCL to “make their voices heard” following the university’s decision to cancel a talk by an extremist preacher.

Mr Murray, who is director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, a think tank, spoke to more than 50 pupils at the London university in a lecture organised by the JSoc and asked them to ensure preachers of hatred are not invited on to campus.


Who will win top UJS job? Time to decide

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2009

The hotly-contested race to become the new Union of Jewish Students’ chair will be decided in Leeds on Thursday night.

Efforts to succeed Adam Pike in the top job in Jewish student politics have seen the three candidates tour campuses across Britain in the search for votes. After one of the most challenging years for UJS, with rising antisemitism and widespread anti-Israel action on campuses, the winner is guaranteed a full in-tray when they take up the role in July 2010.


Promoting peace between Jewish students and Palestinian activists

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2009

Trying to convince Palestinian farmers in Ramallah of the benefits of a two-state solution is no easy task. But doing the same with pro-Palestinian students in Britain can be even harder.

Members of OneVoice, the grassroots movement which works with Israelis and Palestinians to promote co-existence and conflict resolution, yesterday completed a challenging two-week campus tour.

Palestinian Dina Jaber and her Israeli colleague Beata Krants faced the challenge of convincing some of the most vocal advocates from both sides that a peaceful conclusion is achievable.