Campus news

Hillel goes from digs to digital

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

Gone are the days of Hillel houses being seen as run-down, out-of-date digs for religious students who want to be close to a morning minyan.

In the past year, Hillels across the country have undergone substantial changes, with houses being transformed into modern student centres furnished with plasma screen TVs, wireless internet and kosher cafés.

Daniel Marcus, UJS Hillel chief executive, said the organisation is making a conscious effort to provide Jewish students with plush surroundings.

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Highland Shabbaton

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

Northern region JSocs are holding their annual Highland weekend in October.

All students in Scotland and the north of England can attend the Shabbaton, taking place from October 16 to 18 near Glasgow.

Tickets cost £30. For more information, email northern.region.jc@googlemail.com or phone Hayden Krasner on 07795 155 040.

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Yom Kippur on campus

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

Yom Kippur services are being run by a number of JSocs for students returning to their campuses this week.

In Birmingham, a pre-fast dinner is being prepared by Rabbi Yaakov Singer and in Leeds a range of Orthodox, Reform, Masorti and Liberal services will be held.

Contact your JSoc for times and locations.

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University chaplains ready to help students

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

Eating disorders, alcoholism and clinical depression are not issues which Jewish parents traditionally worry about their children encountering at university.

But these are among the wide range of problems tackled by the rabbis and rebbetzins of the University Jewish Chaplaincy service.

This year UJC is extending its reach further than ever, with four new chaplains starting work in Oxford; Scotland and the North East; and Cambridge and East Anglia and the first ever chaplain covering the south coast region.

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UJS: Our students will be resolute

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

The Union of Jewish Students chair says the organisation will approach the new academic year with optimism, despite a potential wave of anti-Israel action on campuses.

Adam Pike said UJS would stand up to the threat of boycott motions, antisemitism and attacks and pledged to not “cower in the corner”.

Last year was one of the most challenging UJS has faced. Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last December and January sparked furious demonstrations on Britain’s campuses.

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Chief Rabbi makes New Year podcast

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has wished students Shana Tova in a podcast for the new Union of Jewish Students website.

In the three-minute message he said society was suffering from “mission drift”.

He said: “We are affluent beyond the dreams of any previous generation since man first walked on earth, yet rates of stress-related syndromes, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, depressive illnesses have been rising with each successive generation since the 1950s.”

He advised students to instead celebrate life in a “wonderful university environment”.

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CST publishes booklet on campus race hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

Five thousand brochures giving practical and legal advice on tackling antisemitism on campus will be distributed to thousands of students and university officers when the new academic year begins later this month.

A 68-page guide, compiled by the Union of Jewish Students and Community Security Trust, will be sent to every student union equalities and diversity officer in the UK.

It explains how to identify antisemitism, who to turn to for help, and how to tackle it through education and fostering better relations.

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