Universities

Investigation after exhibition commemorates terror attacks

By Naomi Firsht, October 29, 2015

Anti-Israel students have "crossed a line" with a university exhibition commemorating the deaths of Palestinians involved in terrorist attacks, Jewish students said this week.

The Israel Society at the London School of Economics has lodged a formal complaint with the university's student union following the display.

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Furious response to 'divisive' Israel boycott initiative

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2015

A full page advert in today’s Guardian calling for an academic boycott of Israel has drawn a furious response from Jewish organisations and diplomats.

The advert was backed by by 343 university teachers and lecturers, from 72 institutions including Oxford University and Cambridge University.

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Exeter University's Israeli settlements conference explained

By Naomi Firsht, October 8, 2015

A pro-Israel professor has said taking part in a university conference on "settler colonialism in Palestine" was the right thing to do.

Professor Gabriel Brahm spoke at the conference at Exeter University last weekend.

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Expectations high for Leeds JSoc

October 1, 2015

The new term got off to a flying start for Jewish students in Leeds, with more than 100 freshers joining the Jewish Society, a new kosher halls of residence, and the arrival of Aish "couple-on-campus" Rabbi Adam and Anna Ross.

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Anti-extremism legislation will help students

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed new legislation to tackle extremism on campus.

Universities must have risk assessment procedures for speakers and provide a counter narrative at events where those with extreme views are speaking, according to the legislation that came into effect this week.

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Chaplaincy offers advice on festival class clashes

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

A chaplain is usually a student's first port of call for a hot Shabbat meal or some religious advice. This year, the majority of universities begin term during the Yom Tov period, with some fresher's fairs falling on Yom Kippur and classes clashing with Sukkot.

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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."

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A taste of university life

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2015

With weeks to go until the new university term begins, more than 100 soon-to-be undergraduates interrupted their Ikea runs and reading lists on Thursday to attend UniFest 2015.

The day-long festivities, which were hosted by JW3 in north London in association with the Pears Foundation, UJS and UJIA, offered a crash course on all areas of student life - from networking and cooking on a budget, to

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A model solution

By Simon Johnson, September 16, 2015

So-called academic conferences on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have been a constant thorn in the side of our community.

They are not only an affront to us by questioning the legitimacy of Israel but they have also sought to undermine the position of our community by “weaponising” academic discourse to advance a political cause.

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This is a way forward others can follow

By Sir Steve Smith, September 16, 2015

It is a primary duty of universities to uphold the fundamental principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech within the law.

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