Oxford Centre welcomes new fellow in Israel studies

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2012

Supporters of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies welcomed its new fellow in Israel studies at a London reception on Tuesday

Dr Hizky Shoham, 37, who has been teaching at Tel Aviv University, will take up the post in January combined with a research lectureship at Oxford University.


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.


Medieval burial site discovered under garden

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

A memorial stone was dedicated this week to mark the place of one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Britain.

The nearly 800-year-old burial site has lain beneath the Rose Garden in Oxford, just outside the city's Botanic Gardens, unknown to most people. Although a plaque was erected in 1931, it was on a wall that became covered in ivy, obscuring it from view.


Daniel Taub salutes Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at gala dinner

By Simon Rocker, May 18, 2012

Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub saluted the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at a gala dinner to celebrate its 40th anniversary. And Mr Taub can claim first-hand knowledge of its benefits — he once was a student there.

While an undergraduate at Oxford, he took a course in Yiddish at the centre with legendary teacher, Dovid Katz.


Oxford's new Boat Race cox, Zoe

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

She may be small in stature, but Zoe de Toledo is about to record a giant achievement.


Oxford sets up degree course for leadership

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies is planning to set up the first degree-level course in Britain for Jewish leadership.

Its proposed two-year programme would involve a one-year master's in Jewish studies at Oxford University, followed by leadership studies at the university's Said business school.

Centre president David Ariel said the Global Jewish Leadership Scholars Programme


Work of Louis Jacobs is to be Oxford subject

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

Scholars from around the world are to be invited to Oxford next year to study the work of Britain's most renowned rabbinical scholar, Rabbi Louis Jacobs.

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies will devote one of its two special research projects to the legacy of the New London Synagogue founder.

The centre has already raised one-third of the £150,000 cost of hosting nine-to-10 scho


Shul Crawl: The Oxford Jewish Congregation

By Danny Kessler and Joshua Felberg, December 19, 2011

The Oxford Jewish Congregation is a unique synagogue, and one which other English synagogues can learn from. For a start, it hosts a mix of religious denominations – we were there for an Orthodox Shabbat service, but Masorti and Liberal groups also meet under the same roof.


Israel envoy Taub goes back to university

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2011

Daniel Taub, Israeli Ambassador to Britain, has made his first campus visit since being appointed.


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.