Oxford mayor: a first for the mazel tov cards

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

Oxford has elected what is thought to be its first Jewish Lord Mayor.

Councillor Elise Benjamin, 45, is not only believed to be the first member of the Jewish community in modern history to serve as the city's civic head, she is also the first Green Party representative and the youngest to hold the post yet.

Ms Benjamin, who was first elected as a councillor in 1999, said she was delighted t


Jonny, 20, is mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

An Oxford University student who was killed in a road accident last weekend was described as a "wonderful" person who made his family very proud.

Jonathan Roberts, 20, was out walking when he was struck by a car.


Question mark over quiz rabbis

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Rabbis lost a University Challenge-style battle to their Christian clergy counterparts - with both sides failing to score in the sections on their own religions.

The Jewish team at the CCJ event in Oxford comprised Wolfson College PhD student and former South London Liberal rabbi James Baaden, West London Reform's Rabbi Debbie Young Somers and Oxford University chaplain Rabbi Daniel Braune Frie


West London addition

June 16, 2011

Rabbi David Mitchell is to join the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue, replacing the America-bound Rabbi Danny Burkeman.

Currently associate minister at Radlett and Bushey Reform, he will take up the post in November.


Marking the ups and downs

By Eylon Aslan-Levy, May 19, 2011

As a Jewish student living away from home, it is during festivals that I miss home the most. But as an Israeli too, Yom Hazikaron is an especially disorientating experience.

Thankfully I didn't feel homesick while organising Oxford JSoc's Yom Hazikaron service, because I have a good Jewish mother and father who schlepped from London to Oxford.


Oxford's first Israel chair

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

Oxford University, I hear, is on the verge of appointing its first Professor of Israeli Studies - worthy of note because there is only one other chair in the subject in Britain and its incumbent is retiring in autumn.


Kafka's personal letters sold to Oxford library

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Oxford University's library has bought a collection of letters that shed light on Jewish writer Franz Kafka's personal life.

The collection, sold to the Bodleian for an undisclosed sum this week includes more than 100 letters and colour postcards sent by Kafka to his youngest sister Ottla in the early 20th century.


Oxford student youngest boat race cox in century

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

An English student from London will be the youngest cox in a century at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race this Saturday.

Sam Winter-Levy, a first-year student at New College, will cox for the Oxford Dark Blues team.

The 18-year-old became involved in rowing when he was a pupil at St Paul’s school.


Serving up a treat: Kosher meals are hot stuff in Oxford

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Finding a kosher meal while living away from home at university can often be a struggle - but not in Oxford.

Students in the city are able to tuck in to quality kosher meat meals thanks to a combined effort from UJS Hillel, the University Jewish Chaplaincy and the local community.


Nick Ferrari supports help for sick children

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Parents of terminally ill youngsters and the volunteers who work with them were among 900 guests at the fourth Camp Simcha gala dinner in London on Monday.

The dinner raised £1 million-plus to enable the charity to continue helping Jewish families across the community to cope with children with cancer, leukaemia and other life-threatening conditions.

Started 15 years ago to help 13 families, Camp Simcha now "reaches" 2,000 children, including siblings, offering practical and emotional support. It receives no state funding.