Campus news

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."


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.


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


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.


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.


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’.”


No Britons stand for European Jewish student elections

By Naomi Firsht, August 24, 2015

The group that represents thousands of Jewish students across Europe is holding elections this week, but there won’t be any Britons standing.


Chaplaincy to launch group for graduates

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2015

Charity University Jewish Chaplaincy is set to launch a new initiative for university graduates this Shabbat.

Young Chaplaincy seeks to “fill the gap” after university, keeping graduates involved with the charity.


Team takes over with a pledge to be inclusive

June 18, 2015

New union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady wants to see the union become more inclusive under her leadership, with more students taking advantage of its services.

The UJS team began its handover period this week as newly appointed officers started work at the union's headquarters at JW3 in north-west London.


Boycott motion fails because of low turnout

By Naomi Firsht, June 18, 2015

A motion to boycott Israel failed after an apathetic response from students at Reading University.

Only 180 students bothered to vote on whether to boycott Israeli businesses and organisations operating in the Occupied Territories - 20 below the amount needed to make it valid under student union rules.