Campus news

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.


UJS pledge to lead anti-BNP campaign

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2009

Undergraduates should be at the forefront of campaigns against the BNP and other far-right groups, according to Union of Jewish Students chairman Adam Pike.

Mr Pike said he had “watched with horror” as the extreme right-wing English Defence League held demonstrations across the country and the BNP achieved two seats in the European Parliament.

He was speaking on the topic of antisemitism and Islamophobia on campus at a Joseph Interfaith Foundation conference held at SOAS.


Jeneration will run trip to Poland

November 19, 2009

Jeneration, the pluralist initiative for students and young adults, has announced it will run a trip to Poland next year — its first overseas visit for students.

Educator Jeremy Leigh will lead the four-day tour, which takes in Auschwitz and Krakow, covering the high and low points of Jewish life in eastern Europe.

Jerusalem-based Mr Leigh is a history lecturer who has been organising education trips for more than 20 years.

There are 20 places available for people aged 18 to 25.


Edinburgh students' Israel boycott fails

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2009

Edinburgh University Students’ Association has failed in an attempt to introduce a full boycott of Israel.

A motion advocating comprehensive boycott, divestment and sanction action against the Jewish state was heavily defeated at EUSA’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

Around 700 students attended the debate, split across two lecture theatres, with only “a handful” backing anti-Israel action.

The motion had called on EUSA to join the global BDS movement and lobby the university to adopt the same approach.


I ruined university with gambling and escort work

By Michael Sophocles, November 12, 2009

Edinburgh University
September 2001 to May 2005

I have always found it difficult to embrace an independent lifestyle. Throughout my school years I thoroughly enjoyed being under pressure to produce results. I always needed an aged disciplinarian standing over me, his putrid coffee-breath emanating from above, to give me the impetus to do my best. During my years in Edinburgh I had a troubled time. It was well-documented in various newspapers during my stint on the Apprentice that I had a rather colourful career as an undergrad.