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The 2012-13 JC On Campus guide to Jewish Societies

September 6, 2012

Here is our 2012-13 guide to Jewish Societies, big and small, around Britain:

Aberdeen JSoc is a small group with around 15 members taking part in activities including synagogue services and interfaith work.

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West Bank's Ariel college gains university status

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2012

A West Bank group has ignored reservations by Israel's Council on Higher Education to give a college in the area university status.

Earlier this month the government-funded committee voted against plans to upgrade the status of Ariel College, arguing that Israel should not have another university given the shortages in funding for staff and infrastructure facing other institutions.

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Self-interest that hurts the state

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 16, 2012

Everything that infuriates me about Israeli politics and society was encapsulated in two decisions taken in Jerusalem last week. The first concerns the status of Ariel University Centre in the West Bank. The second relates to the arrangements by which Israel's so-called "ultra Orthodox" citizens are able to avoid military service.

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Scientist says Higgs boson discovery 'just the beginning'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

An Israeli scientist whose efforts led to the discovery of the “God particle” has stressed that the project is far from over.

Technion professor Shlomit Tarem is one of 2,500 physicists from 37 countries who helped build Atlas, the largest of the six particle detector experiments constructed at the Large Hadron Collider at the Cern facility.

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Google investor donates £75 million to Oxford scholarship fund

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

A Jewish philanthropist has pledged a landmark £75 million for a scholarship programme to help underprivileged students to go to Oxford, in what is being described as the biggest such gift in European history.

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West Bank college to remain without university status

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2012

A college in the West Bank will not be given university status after an Israeli government-funded committee voted against the move.

Campaigners had pushed for Ariel College to be upgraded, but members of Israel's Council of Higher Education blocked this.

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Students host radical Islamist

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

A controversial Islamic speaker was due to appear before 300 people at York University’s Islamic Society on Wednesday evening.

Yusuf Chambers is a founding member of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), which organises lectures and speaking tours.

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Amid the failures, bright hopes for future on campus

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

It would be easy to highlight the antisemitic attack which left a young Jew with a broken nose on a student union ski trip as evidence of another depressing and desperate year for Jewish students.

But the past nine months have been a period of relative calm on campuses, albeit one peppered with occasional serious incidents acting as reminders of the constant threat of racism and extremism.

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Campus notebook: Chaplains tackle exam stress

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

● University Jewish Chaplaincy is working hard to ensure students’ exams do not clash with Yomtov and Shabbat.

Chaplains have liaised with university examination offices to provide dates and times in order to maintain the integrity of exams.

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Tell me, what do university fees have to do with Israel?

By Ben Carroll, April 30, 2012

At the NUS Conference I was once again astounded by the attention given to the Israeli-Palestinian debate. For three days numerous students wore stickers calling for a boycott of Israeli goods, while candidates for the NUS executive committee mentioned the "siege on Gaza" and the "apartheid state that is Israel" in their speeches.

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