Campus news

Union votes against bias on MidEast

By Marcus Dysch, October 15, 2009

University College London’s Jewish society has won a favourable result following a referendum on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

UCL Union’s first general meeting of the year asked members to vote on the question: “Should your Union refrain from making a statement that condemns or supports either side of the Israel/Gaza conflict?”

More than 300 students attended the meeting, with 212 voting in favour of the union abstaining from commenting on matters in the Middle East.


JSocs get a dream start at freshers' week

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

University Jewish Societies have enjoyed a successful start to the academic year, with hundreds of new members taking part in Freshers’ Week events across the country.

In Leeds, JSoc members were treated to their own unique Freshers Fair, offering them a chance to sign up to almost a dozen other Jewish student groups including Chabad, Aish, JLE and Tribe.

Fresher events included a barbecue attended by 160 students, a Shabbat meal at the new Hillel student centre and a drinks night.


Size doesn't matter - we feel at home

By Gabriella Pampel, October 1, 2009

Having previously attended Immanuel College I was already part of a large Jewish circle and this was, I guess, the root of my apprehension when starting uni. I was scared that I would find it hard to break out of my comfort zone and meet new people.

But as the week progressed new faces became familiar faces and my apprehension subsided.

I was also quite nervous about being independent and having to figure things out for myself. The realisation that my mum was no longer going to be there to sort things out was daunting.


JSoc brings us together

By Tim Abraham, October 1, 2009

I was a little bit apprehensive about going to university in Scotland. It’s a whole adventure you are going to experience, leaving your family, friends and home behind for a new life at university.

But I also wanted to go away, experience something else other than Belgium.

My older brother also studied in the UK so I kind of knew what it was going to be like.


Hardship claims rise as credit crunch bites

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

The number of students applying for UJS Hillel’s scholarship fund has increased by 30 per cent in the past year.

Chief executive Daniel Marcus revealed parents and students are applying for the grants at record rates as they struggle to meet the soaring costs of going to university.

The effect of the recession, coupled with the fiasco over delayed student loan cheques, has left some Jewish students fighting to fund their studies, accommodation and living costs.


Join Toon army on succah Crawl

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

Newcastle JSoc is hosting its annual Succah Crawl on Wednesday evening.

Providing a Jewish twist to the traditional pub crawl, the event offers students the chance to eat dinner on the move – with each host providing a different course.

Free transport will be offered between the succot and the evening is free for students. For details visit the Newcastle JSoc group on Facebook.


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.


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 or phone Hayden Krasner on 07795 155 040.


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.


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.