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Oxford Jewish students represent UK at International Chabad on Campus Shabbaton weekend in New York City

The Oxford Chabad Society has organised for eight Jewish students from Oxford and London to represent the UK at the International Chabad on Campus Shabbaton weekend in New York City this week. The students will be amongst close to a thousand Jewish students from over 100 colleges throughout the United States, North America and Europe.


The UK group consists of mostly Oxford students, as well as students from London School of Economics and University College London, including one who is on the UCL Student Union board.


The students will spend Friday night Shabbat dinner with the family of Rabbi Chaim and Chani Miller, author of the Gutnick Torah commentary, and will join a huge gathering of students for a late Friday ni… Read More »

George Steiner lectures at the Oxford University Chabad Society on the ‘Rationality of the Holocaust’

The Oxford University Chabad Society hosted last night the annual Perl Grunzweig memorial lecture by world renowned Professor George Steiner on the subject ‘North of the Future: Is it possible to speak intelligently of the Holocaust?’


IMG_5494.jpgThe lecture took place at the Slager Jewish student centre in central Oxford in front of a capacity audience of around 120 students and faculty. All were keen to take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear Professor Steiner, currently Extraordinary Fellow at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge, formerly Professor of Comparative Literature and Fellow at the University of Oxford, and widely recognised as one of the greatest literary minds living today.


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Chabad of Oxford hosted a Shabbat dinner in honur of First Jewish Lord Mayor of the City of Oxford in 900 years

Chabad of Oxford hosted a special Shabbat Dinner last Friday night in honour of the first recorded Jewish Lord Mayor of the City of Oxford in almost 900 years, Cllr Elise Benjamin, who is also the City’s first Green Lord Mayor.


The Shabbat dinner, which was attended also by former Jewish Councilor of the Green Party, her husband, Craig Simons and daughter, was hosted at the Slager Chabad Jewish student centre in central Oxford.


The event was also attended by city dignitaries Cllr Dick Wolf and Cllr Matt Morton, in addition to close to about 80 Jewish students, faculty and community members.


The student president of the Oxford University Chabad Society, Oleg Giberstein, St Antony’s College, … Read More »

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