Campus news

Gap year Brits show solidarity with Shalits

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A group of British teenagers have visited the parents of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Bnei Akiva gap year participants, who arrived in Israel earlier this month, met Noam and Aviva Shalit at their protest tent in Jerusalem and presented them with flag signed by all members of the group.

The Shalits have been camped outside Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu’s residence since July to draw attention to their son’s plight.


Chabad attracts crowd for Yom Kippur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2010

More than 60 students and young professionals saw in Yom Kippur with a meal at Chabad house in South Kensington.

Services were held throughout Yom Kippur and most people stayed to break the fast with Rabbi Mendy and Sara Loewenthal.

Chabad opened in the area two years ago to provide for students at Imperial University.

One of those who attended services told Rabbi Mendy: “You have allowed people to do a Yom Kippur as it should be done.”


Ex-Islamist Ed Husain attacks hate speaker

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2010

University vice-chancellors must do more to protect Jewish students from hatred on campuses, according to the director of a counter-extremism think tank.

Ed Husain, co-founder of the Quilliam organisation, was speaking at the Union of Jewish Students' annual campaigns summit.

He attacked appearances on campuses of speakers such as Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi.

Dr Tamimi is a regular speaker at universities and has told students that he "longs to be a martyr" and believes Israel "must come to an end".


Festival fun at Nottingham freshers week

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Nottingham Jewish Society is starting off the new year from a succah.

The JSoc has arranged two Succot feasts for freshers week, with the chance for all students to meet the new chaplains for Nottingham.

Committee members will be at JSoc stalls at the Nottingham University freshers fair from September 22 onwards, and at Nottingham Trent University the following week.

There will also be a bar crawl in Nottingham city centre, a freshers Friday night dinner and the annual JSoc barbecue at the Hillel House.


Pimm's and more for Leeds JSoc freshers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Leeds Jewish Society has organised a series of events to welcome new students during freshers week.

JSoc committee members will be handing out welcome packs and answering questions at stalls at the Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University freshers fairs.

They have arranged a “Beer, Pimm's and Narg” launch party at the JSoc house on Tuesday September 21, followed by a barbecue lunch the next day.

To mark the first Shabbat of the new term, the JSoc has also planned a free “Freshers Friday Night Dinner”.


Cambridge Jewish freshers welcome bash

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

Cambridge University Jewish Society (CUJS) has arranged an event to help new students make friends before term begins.

The pre-term freshers night, in a bar in Mayfair on September 20, will include a free drink for incoming students.

CUJS has also offered to help students from outside London arrange overnight accommodation.

“It’s a chance for those who may know few or no other Jews to join the community as easily as possible, in a setting outside the frantic blur of Freshers' Week,” said Donna Hirsch, CUJS co-president.


Art student's Holocaust project

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

A London art student has used his anger over a US oil company's role in the Holocaust as inspiration for his final project.

Leo Cohen, 23, said his work is a political statement about US Standard Oil, which was linked to IG Farben, the company which produced Zyklon B for the Nazis to use in the gas chambers.

Mr Cohen, a founder member of the Young Jewish Art collective, has built an art installation at Central Saint Martins which includes six pools of water, three of which are black and oily.


Comment: It's been a tough year - but we're stronger

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

As the current academic year comes to an end, Jewish students will be reflecting on a relatively peaceful period on campus, if not an entirely harmonious one.

The grim scenes of last year's anti-Israel lecture theatre occupations have thankfully not been repeated. But the fall-out on campuses following last month's Gaza flotilla incident would surely have been more considerable had students not been busy studying for exams.

Over the past 10 months we have covered a wide array of student news and views in JC On Campus.


Comment: The campus where Jewish life flourishes

By Carla Bradman, June 17, 2010

When The Pianist screenwriter Sir Ronald Harwood presented a lecture at Southampton University last September, he explained how he did not choose to write about the Holocaust; it chose him.

Most members of Southampton University's Jewish Society would explain their identity in a similar vein. Unlike other small JSocs they do not feel neglected on campus; Judaism finds them. While there is only a small Jewish presence in the city, Jewish identity and culture is thriving.


John Bercow speaks to Oxford Chabad

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2010

Oxford Chabad Society welcomed the first Jewish Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, to an end-of-term Friday night dinner.

Around 100 students, staff and Oxford Jewish community members heard Mr Bercow talk on the subject of "New Parliament, New Politics?".

He discussed how the expenses scandal had undermined the trust of the public in politics and should be viewed as a transition from traditional, executive-run politics to a new system of greater accountability.