Campus news

Bristol JSoc meet Israeli ambassador

October 28, 2009

Bristol JSoc enjoyed a positive meeting with Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor last week.

Committee members who had been on year course schemes took part in the lunch meeting, discussing Israeli politics and the Goldstone Report.


Outdoor activities for Scottish Jewish students

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2009

An outdoor scouting centre hosted students from across Scotland and north east England for the annual Northern Region weekend.

After traditional Shabbat services and meals, more than a dozen students, including a number from the United States and Canada who are studying in Britain, took part in a communal campfire and singsong at Lapwing Lodge near Glasgow.

Representatives from the Union of Jewish Students and Mitzvah Day UK spoke about the opportunity for assisting with social action programmes.


Wes Streeting: Our friend at the NUS

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2009

Few non-Jewish presidents of the National Union of Students can have found themselves the victim of an antisemitic attack.

But Wes Streeting’s experience of being verbally abused while reading Alan Dershowitz’s The Case for Israel on the London Underground provided him with an insight into the impact of antisemitism and anti-Israel action.

Since being elected in April 2008, Mr Streeting has worked hard to support the Union of Jewish Students, promoting a zero tolerance stance to antisemitism and academic boycotts.


Bnei Akiva in blood donation drive

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2009

Bnei Akiva’s national blood donation campaign arrived on campuses this week.

It is the second year that “Bleed BA Dry” has taken donations from students in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Cambridge and London.

Zak Jeffay, BA national director, said: “Many young people know about giving blood but see it as something that their parents do.

“You can give blood from the age of 17 and we are encouraging all of our eligible members to donate and save lives. We are celebrating 70 years of BA ‘leading the way’, and now we are delighted to also be ‘bleeding the way’.”


New York inspires Reps

By Marcus Dysch, October 15, 2009

Eight campus representatives from Jeneration, the Reform-backed project to engage young people, have travelled to the United States looking for tips on running vibrant university projects.

The reps, from universities in London, Cambridge, Sussex, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds, visited institutions including the Hebrew Union College — the development centre of Reform Judaism — and the Jewish Theological Seminary during the week-long stay in New York.


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.