Campus news

Shake up for London Jewish student life

By Jennifer Lipman, November 25, 2011

The London JSoc committee has been scrapped.

Under a new system work instead will focus on the efforts of individual university JSocs on their own campuses, including at UCL, Kings and LSE.

Larger capital-wide activities will be organised by a new London Jewish Societies network, run by Brunel student Ilana Sichel.


Campus notebook: Bnei Akiva roadshow

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

● Bnei Akiva movement workers took part in the organisation's annual nationwide roadshow, running barbecues for students and discussing BA's work.

They spoke to 26 students in Birmingham before travelling to campuses in Manchester and Leeds this week.BA national director Alex Cohen said: "Our bogrim (students) are the lynchpin of our movement.


From touchline to Torah for Liberal chaplain

November 24, 2011

Picture a typical Jewish chaplain. A bearded man in a black suit, white shirt and a black kippah may spring to mind.


Mature celebrations

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

A Shabbaton was held in Leeds to celebrate the first birthday of the Northern Jewish Postgraduate and Mature Student Society.

Around 20 people attended the residential weekend, with students from Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and Glasgow joining the event. On the Friday evening, they were given a choice of either an Orthodox or egalitarian service at Hillel House, where meals were also provided.


Schneider's Mersey beat

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

Comedian and actor David Schneider entertained more than 30 Jewish students at a comedy evening in Liverpool.

The event, hosted by Chabad, saw Mr Schneider perform a routine of Jewish jokes.


Chabad hosts Mayor

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Oxford Chabad hosted a Shabbat dinner in honour of the city's first Jewish Lord Mayor for almost 900 years.

Councillor Elise Benjamin was joined by other civic dignitaries and around 80 students and university staff members at the Slager Chabad Jewish Centre.

Cllr Benjamin spoke of her pride at the Jewish community's connections to the city, which stretch back to medieval times.


Campus notebook: new Middlesex JSoc

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

● Jewish students at Middlesex University have set up a new JSoc.

The newly-created committee signed up 30 members at last month's Freshers Fair, and has recorded more than 100 people showing interest in educational and social events.

One of the first events was a Halloween bar crawl, attended by around 15 students. A sushi night will be held on Monday, November 14, in support of Tzedek.


Call for UJS campaigns director to go

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

An online petition has been launched calling on the Union of Jewish Students to sack its campaigns director.

It follows a clash between Dan Sheldon and Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a debate hosted by Leeds JSoc on Monday.


Campus notebook: Succot special

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

● Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm, has held educational events in Birmingham and Cambridge.

At Cambridge University, around 25 students listened to a talk on the meaning of Succot by Rabbi Michael Laitner of the US Living and Learning division.


It's all Greek at the New Year party

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Hundreds of Jewish students from across Europe are expected to travel to Athens to celebrate a Chanucah and New Year's Eve party with a difference.

The European Centre for Jewish Students will mark the Maccabees' victory over the Greek emperor, Antiochus, with a range of festivities.

Students and young professionals aged between 18 and 35 will stay in a five-star hotel in the centre of the c