A group of Aberystwyth residents are up in arms over the exclusion of Orthodox Jews from their holiday homes.
Aberystwyth University has historically rented 150 student houses to members of Manchester’s Charedi community every August, for the past 20 years. This saw an influx of around a thousand Orthodox Jews to the area.
Religious organisations that hold free events on campus are preventing students from developing a genuine commitment to Judaism and Israel, the executive director of the Union of Jewish Students has warned.
David Brown, who joined UJS in June, said groups offering these events were detracting from the work of campus Jewish societies.
It's been a busy beginning to October. Aish on Campus held their annual welcome Firestarter BBQs across university campuses in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester for over 400 students. Manchester JSoc held its Crawl of Duty for over 90 students and Nottingham Chabad held a sushi welcome lunch for 200 students.
Fresh from playing at the brand new JW3 in London, top Israeli hip-hop band Hadag Nahash performed for over 200 students at events organised by UJS in Birmingham and Leeds, and then made the trip to Manchester to perform an intimate acoustic set and be interviewed on National Student Radio.
The new JSoc at Greenwich University is up and running after a successful Freshers’ week. President Nathan Abraham (left) said: “There are eight or nine Jewish people who could become members and quite a few non-Jewish people want to join.”