Campus news

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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New chapters join frat pack furniture

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

The rise of Jewish fraternities on British campuses is set to continue following two substantial successes in Leeds and Manchester in the past month.

Chapters of the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity have been set up across the country in the past two years, offering Jewish students a mix of social, educational and charitable sessions and activities.

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Challenge is on to be best 'Jewniversity'

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

The first ever inter-university Jewish quiz will come to a climax next week with the final of Jewniversity Challenge.

The Union of Jewish Students’ competition has travelled the country in an attempt to find the brainiest group of young Jews.

Four regional heats have featured 27 teams competing for a place in the final, to be played in Nottingham on Wednesday, March 6.

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Campus Notebook: Manchester Booze for Jews

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

● Manchester JSoc’s annual Booze for Jews party attracted more than 150 students from across the country.

The event was one of a series of sessions which took place under the “Manchester’s Big Weekend” banner and included a Friday night dinner and Shabbat activities.

The weekend had a “space” theme and was attended by students from JSocs in Leeds, Nottingham and other cities.

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Making more of Holocaust Memorial Day

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

A student who revolutionised her university’s Holocaust Memorial Day activities says she “felt obliged” to help.

Hava Kranat was surprised when she first attended Warwick University’s HMD service two years ago and found it was a simple candle-lit vigil attended by around 20 people.

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Student teacher speaks out for Israel at ‘extreme’ debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

An anti-Israel event held in the heart of London’s Jewish community spurred a group of students to organise a counter-protest and redress the balance.

Ben Rosenberg and members of Middlesex University’s Jewish Society handed out leaflets supporting Israel outside the university in Hendon.

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Hundreds take part in Jewish students' Shropshire weekend

By Sandy Rashty, February 8, 2013

More than 350 university students attended a Genesis Challenge educational programme last weekend.

The event, held at the Condover Hall in Shropshire, was run as a joint learning venture by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

Events included a performance by comedy hypnotist Ken Webster and talks by JLE’s Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz and Aish director of schools Rabbi Shlomo Farhi.

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Struggling to find a student minyan? Start your own

By Anna Sheinman, February 7, 2013

Studying in the capital can pose a challenge for Jewish students — particularly those who are observant, live in north west London and cannot attend Jewish Society synagogue services in the city centre.

UCL business management student Benjy Trent found himself in such a situation. He spent his gap year in Israel and grew accustomed to praying every day with people his own age at yeshivah.

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