Universities

New York education in Finchley synagogue

October 27, 2011

Four students from New York’s Yeshiva University presented 10 learning events for women at Finchley Synagogue over the Simchat Torah weekend.

Chavi Becker, Kira Joel, Shlomit Cohen and Derora Tropp also led the women’s dancing in synagogue during the festival.

The well-attended activities ranged from interactive Torah study to learning-based afternoon teas in members’ homes.

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'Hate speaker' at UCL, but campus extremism is a myth

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An Islamic preacher who views Hamas terrorists as "freedom fighters" has been invited to address University College London students, less than a fortnight after its provost Professor Malcolm Grant claimed there was no problem with extremism on campus.

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UCL's Malcolm Grant is the one who is 'out of touch'

By Rosanna Rafel, October 18, 2011

The issue of whether university campuses, particularly those in London, were "hot beds" for extremist behaviour was present long before Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab - former president of University College London's Islamic Society - boarded a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

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The community's role in the higher education jump

By Daniel Grabiner, October 7, 2011

The JC recently conducted a poll asking whether Jewish students were sufficiently prepared for life on campus. Out of the votes cast, 32 per cent said "yes", and 68 per cent said "no".

With an analytical eye, one could question the type of person who responded to the survey. Was it students who said that they were not prepared? Was it parents or just the general public?

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From antisemite to Zionist

By Kasim Hafeez, October 7, 2011

In 2003, Pakistan's then President Pervez Musharaff sought to re-examine his country's relationship, or lack thereof, with Israel. He asked: "Do we have to be more Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves?"

With their new "Liberation" campaign, it seems that the Union Of Jewish Students has decided to answer that question with a resounding "yes".

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Jewish students say their voice is ignored

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The most comprehensive survey of Jewish students' views ever conducted has revealed that young Jews staunchly support Israel, fear not finding a job after graduation, and are concerned that younger voices are not heard by the wider Jewish community.

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Freshers' Week 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Scenes from freshers' weeks on British campuses. With gap year uptake down, JSocs said sign-ups had been at record levels this year, including 150 signed up so far at Kings' College London, 150 at Leeds, 105 at Manchester and 220 at Nottingham. Photos: UJS

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Brichto Israel post launched

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

A new fellowship in Israel studies has been set up at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in memory of one of Israel's most passionate supporters, Rabbi Sidney Brichto.

A former executive head of the Liberal movement, Rabbi Brichto, who died in 2009, was a governor of the centre and associated with it since its creation in the early 1970s.

Friends and family have raised nearly £

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That was then, this is now: campus change

By Arieh Kovler, September 27, 2011

It's hard for today's students to judge whether campus life is better or worse than in the past. Most Jewish students are at university for three years, and those few who become sabbatical officers in student unions or UJS will only extend that time by a year or two.

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Envoy: put campus problems in context

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has warned of a "reverse delegitimisation" that is taking place whereby Israelis choose not to study in Britain because its campuses are perceived as "hotbeds of antisemitism".

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