Campus news

Small is beautiful: the rise of the mini-JSoc

By Anna Sheinman, September 12, 2013

There are many opportunities to be involved in Jewish life on campus, but for thousands of students, whether they are fresh-faced first years or diligent finalists, their university Jewish Society is the centre of their university experience.

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UJS cooks up feast of Israeli culture

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

The Union of Jewish Students has taken steps to strengthen its cultural ties with Israel.

New initiatives include a YouTube channel with an Israeli cooking programme filmed in the demonstration kitchen at the UJS new base at JW3 in London.

It is also planning a series of concerts on campus by famous Israeli band Hadag Nachash.

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Walk will mark new peak for Nottingham Chabadniks

By Anna Sheinman, May 30, 2013

When Chabad Nottingham began work at campuses in the city five years ago, the organisation’s first Shabbat dinner was attended by just five people. Times have certainly changed.

“On a Friday night, 100 students coming for dinner is not unusual,” explained co-director Mendy Lent.

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Tribe dinners bring curtain down on academic year

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

Tribe, the United Synagogue’s youth section, has held graduation dinners for students in Manchester and Cambridge.

The dinner for 35 Cambridge students featured speakers including Tribe consultant Yossi Fachler and Tribe campus ambassador Yehudit Harris.

She said: “It was a really lovely evening and I’m looking forward to attending Young United Synagogue events when I graduate.”

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Creating a safe space for minority students

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

“Feminism is seen as a dirty word within the Jewish community and I want this to change.” That is the view of Melissa Leigh, co-chair of the new Union of Jewish Students Women’s Network.

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Leeds quartet reach for the skies

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Skydiving students from Leeds JSoc helped raise more than £2,000 for the Emunah children’s home in Afula, northern Israel.

James Neidle, Michael Kosky, Ronen Feiner and Gila Scherer jumped from 15,000 feet over an airfield in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

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Ben-Gurion University seeking international debating champions

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Ben-Gurion University is seeking participants from around the world for a prestigious debating tournament.

The Red Sea Open is Israel’s only international debating competition. It will be held at BGU’s Eilat campus for the fourth time later this year.

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Bristol resurgence brings Hillel back to city

By Anna Sheinman, May 9, 2013

A new Hillel House is to open in Bristol, providing kosher accommodation for students in the city for the first time in eight years.

The last Hillel closed in 2005 due to low demand, but a surge in Jewish students applying to universities in Bristol has driven the demand for kosher housing.

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Apprentices are the way forward, Lord Sugar tells UJS

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Training schemes and internships could be better co-ordinated to benefit both businesses and potential employees, Lord Sugar has told Jewish students.

He said interns were a distraction for workers and that independent training programmes funded by the government should be scrapped in favour of directly paying companies to train apprentices.

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New Cambridge Union president leans on Masorti experience

By Anna Sheinman, May 2, 2013

The new president of the prestigious Cambridge Union debating society is trying to decide what will be harder: a term as Union president, or being the head of a Noam camp for the first time this summer.

“Probably Union president,” decides Joel Fenster. “I’ve only been at Cambridge two years — at Noam I feel like everyone gets 10 years of training to be a rosh (leader).”

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