Campus news

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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Jewish society flourishes in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2013

Glasgow JSoc has enjoyed a year of revival, culminating with being named runner-up in the Developing JSoc of the Year category at the Union of Jewish Students’ annual awards.

New committee members said they had worked hard to run a series of innovative events, including a Shabbat dinner hosted by Glasgow University’s Catholic chaplaincy.

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Families plan for future after hearing realities of campus life

By Josh Lewis, April 25, 2013

Dozens of sixth form pupils and their parents heard about kashrut, security issues and social activities on campuses at the Union of Jewish Students’s first university information evening.

The event informed teenagers who are applying to universities, and offered practical and financial advice to their families.

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Imperial measures up on union’s glamour night

By Zoe Winograd, April 11, 2013

Imperial college JSoc was the surprise big winner at the Union of Jewish Students’ fifth annual awards night.

The London society won the JSoc of the Year award for the first time, breaking the stronghold of Britain’s largest Jewish societies — from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham — to take the top title.

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New hope in Newcastle

By Zoe Winograd, March 14, 2013

Josh Arad’s mission, as Newcastle University JSoc president, is to “create a home away from home” for all Jewish students.

The third-year medical student was so touched by the welcome afforded to him by young Jewish families in the city that he is now working hard to replicate that atmosphere for others.

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Student group's ‘unforgettable experience’ at Ukraine orphanage

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Dozens of students travelled to Ukraine to volunteer on a mission to help Jewish orphans and abandoned children.

The Genesis Challenge weekend, run by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange, saw 56 Jewish students from across Britain visit Odessa to work with the Tikva charity. It provides care and homes for deprived youngsters.

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Clog classes a hit as revellers go Dutch

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Students from 30 countries around Europe took part in a weekend of Purim activities in Amsterdam.

The annual European Centre for Jewish Students (ECJS) Purim on the Rocks event featured a visit to the city’s famous Dam Square and a boat ride along the canals.

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