Campus news

Expectations high for Leeds JSoc

October 1, 2015

The new term got off to a flying start for Jewish students in Leeds, with more than 100 freshers joining the Jewish Society, a new kosher halls of residence, and the arrival of Aish "couple-on-campus" Rabbi Adam and Anna Ross.

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Pro-Israel speakers to talk at Exeter University Israeli settlements conference

By Naomi Firsht, September 25, 2015

Pro-Israel speakers will provide a counter narrative at a conference on “Settler Colonialism in Palestine” at the University of Exeter as part of a deal with the university’s vice-chancellor.

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Anti-extremism legislation will help students

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed new legislation to tackle extremism on campus.

Universities must have risk assessment procedures for speakers and provide a counter narrative at events where those with extreme views are speaking, according to the legislation that came into effect this week.

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Chaplaincy offers advice on festival class clashes

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

A chaplain is usually a student's first port of call for a hot Shabbat meal or some religious advice. This year, the majority of universities begin term during the Yom Tov period, with some fresher's fairs falling on Yom Kippur and classes clashing with Sukkot.

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Liberal students' needs are not met, says rabbi

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

Progressive students are missing out on Jewish opportunities on campus, according to Liberal Judaism chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan.

"A campus could have an amazing chaplain who is cross-communal, but it is nearly always a man and Orthodox," she said.

"A lot of students grow up in other movements and would like a more Progressive chaplain on campus."

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Union plan for a year of success

By Naomi Firsht, September 17, 2015

Union of Jewish Students campaigns director Russell Langer has predicted a positive year ahead for students, despite the increased number of anti-Israel motions at student unions over the course of the last year.

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Students set to battle for Israel on campus

By Naomi Firsht, September 3, 2015

Term has not yet begun for university students but Joseph Stoll, campus director of Israel advocacy grassroots group StandWithUs, is already organising a training conference and gearing up to counter an anti-Israel event at the London School of Economics.

For the 21-year-old master's student, who took on the role last November, combating anti-Zionist activity has become a full-time job

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Migrants to receive Succot shelters

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2015

A group of Masorti students is to go to Calais over Succot next month to erect shelters for refugees camped there.

They will be taking food and supplies to some of the thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa living rough in the French port in the hope of finding a home in Britain.

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University Jewish Chaplaincy announces restructure

By Naomi Firsht, August 26, 2015

University Jewish Chaplaincy has announced a restructure ahead of the new academic year.

Suzy Richman, formerly the chief operating officer, will become director of operations and Rabbi Harvey Belovski will become chief executive officer at the end of August.

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Oxford student union officer criticised for antisemitic tweet

By Naomi Firsht, August 26, 2015

The racial awareness and equality campaign co-chair at Oxford University student union has come under fire for an allegedly antisemitic tweet.

Kiran Benipal was criticised by Oxford Jewish society earlier this week when she posted a tweet which read: “Loool what kind of Jews do you f**k with coz they don’t let a single joke slide b4 saying ‘antisemitism’.”

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