Campus news

Meat treat for Cardiff Jewish students

By Katie Taylor, October 26, 2010

The newly refurbished Cardiff Hillel has hosted its first ever meaty Friday night meal.

The Hillel, with its new meat kitchen and brand new appliances was able to serve a meaty meal to 12 students, including UJS Central development officer, Matt Keston.

Mr Keston said: “The night was a roaring success. The food was fantastic and we played a lot of fun games.

“It was a perfect start to the year for the Cardiff JSoc committee who now hope to run Friday nights in the Hillel centre every other week.”


New dawn for South Coast society

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

A revolution is taking place at one of the country's most remote Jewish societies.

Hundreds of miles from universities in the Midlands and north of England which have attracted Jewish students for decades, Exeter JSoc is enjoying a resurgence under the stewardship of new president Ben Salamon and campaigns and publicity officer Max Edwards.

The two-man committee has taken on the task of running the society for the next 12 months.


Footballers up for the Juefa Cup

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

The biggest tournament in Jewish student football is back.

The third Juefa Cup takes place in Nottingham on November 14 and offers male and female footballers a chance to pick up top prizes.

The five-a-side competition takes place on the same day as Nottingham JSoc’s Booze for Jews event. Sponsored by the Kyte Charitable Trust and UJIA Birthright, it will feature a barbecue and free refreshments for fans.

Players will be asked to donate old football shirts, scarves, gloves and hats which will be sent to disadvantaged children abroad.


London campus was 'launch pad for Islamist terrorism'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

A university's Islamic society promoted a "hard-line Islamist ideology" which intimidated minorities and struck fear into Jewish students, researchers have revealed.

The counter-radicalism think tank Quilliam, which compiled the report into the Islamic society at London's City University during the past year, said such extremism could provide a "launch-pad for Islamist-inspired terrorism".


Lord Sacks to tour UK universities

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

The Chief Rabbi is to embark on a nationwide tour to meet Jewish students.

Lord Sacks will be speaking at Jewish Society events at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester.

The talks are to be centered on the role of faith in modern Britain, the importance of having a vibrant Jewish student community and how students can deal with the challenges of campus life.

Lord Sacks will also look at how young people can draw on Jewish values to make a positive impact on the world, and how they can best counter antisemitism and anti-Zionism while at university.


Manchester students block anti-Israel amendment

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

Jewish students at Manchester University have successfully prevented the inclusion of an anti-Israel statement in a motion intended to promote “peace through education.”

An amendment put forward by Manchester Jewish Society ensured the removal of an accusation about Israeli apartheid, proposed by Action Palestine Society.

The original text read: “Pro Israeli apartheid organisations and individuals …have made up slanderous accusations and claims that supporting Palestinian educational institutions is support for terrorism.”


Islamic extremism, intimidation at London's City University

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2010

A London university’s Islamic society promoted a “hard-line Islamist ideology” which led to “the intimidation and harassment of staff, students and members of minority”, researchers have revealed.

A report by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam shows that the behaviour of City University’s Islamic society (ISoc) “during the last academic year “scared” Jewish students and moderate Muslims and “led to increased religious tensions on campus.”

The authors of the report cautioned that “such extremism may increase the risks of students turning to terrorism.”


Columnist unrepentant after 'tight fist' joke

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

A university newspaper has apologised for printing a column featuring jokes about Jews being tight-fisted.

The launch issue of London Student, distributed to universities and colleges which are part of the University of London, included an article titled The Tight Fist – Lessons in frugality from a real Jew.

The Union of Jewish Students complained to the newspaper's editorial board that the column contained antisemitic stereotypes.


Newest Hillel is game for 2012

By Katie Taylor, October 14, 2010

A dedicated home for postgraduate students has been opened with the help of the Jewish Community Housing Association and UJS Hillel.

The newly-renovated eight-bedroom property in Golders Green, north west London, is for students working towards Masters degrees or Doctorates.

Sara Clarke, JCHA chief executive, said: "This initiative follows the great success over the past five years of working with UJS Hillel to house students in our complex in Princes Park Avenue."


Cycle ride for poverty charity

By Katie Taylor, October 14, 2010

A student-led bike ride around England will raise funds to tackle poverty and environmental issues.

The project, being planned by UJS to take place in July 2011, will help the Tzedek charity and the Jewish Community Centre for London. It will include aspects of Jewish educational work.

UJS and Tzedek are currently recruiting volunteers to help in the planning stages, including logistics, publicity and organising the route.