Chabad on Campus UK will be hosting a university rabbinical conference in Central London this Sunday for the 13 heads of branches of Chabad on campus UK, the fastest growing Jewish organisation serving Jewish students in the UK.
With Chabad centres and rabbis on almost every major campus in the UK, says Rabbi Eli Brackman, chairman of Chabad on campus UK, we are well placed to tackle the important issues facing Jewish students and Jewish life as a whole on the campuses.
There are very real issues that need tackling like the recent issue that arose at the LSE, when Jewish students were called Nazis by an anti-Israel speaker. This has left Jewish students feeling intimidated on a London campus with national and long term ramifications.
Anti-Semitism is something that cannot be ignored and urgently needs discussing that an effective mechanism should be found and put in place so that it should not happen again. We will also need to find ways to make Jewish students feel proud of their Jewish identity, says Rabbi Brackman, through focused high profile initiatives.
The Chabad student center of Bloomsbury in Central London, directed by Rabbi Yisrael Lew and his wife Devora, will be hosting the conference.
Aside from practical workshops to ensure efficient operation, there will be discussion on Jewish educational initiatives; the launch of the first official UK trip for March of the Living to boost Jewish identity amongst UK Jewish students; the launch of a new Journal of Jewish studies representing 160 campus Chabad centres across the UK and North America, as well as a series of other new initiatives to enhance Jewish life on campus.
The keynote address will be delivered by the Vice Chairman of Merkos L’inyanei Chinuch, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, who represents the 3,000 Chabad-Lubavitch Centres in over 70 countries on five continents.
The conference will be formally opened by the Head of Chabad-Lubavitch UK, Rabbi Nachman Sudak.
The campuses represented will be: Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Bloomsbury, Imperial, South London campuses, Queen Mary’s and East End of London campuses, Brighton.