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Commemoration Shabbat dinner in memory of the Toulouse Jewish victims OBM

Commemoration Shabbat dinner in memory of the Toulouse Jewish victims OBM


By French Jewish student, Joachim Behar, Balliol College, Oxford


As a French Jewish student living in Oxford, I have been asked to say a few words about the recent tragic events that occurred in France as a way of commemorating the Jewish victims of last week’s terrorist attack in Toulouse. Last Monday, a professor of Jewish studies - a rabbi - and three children were killed in the morning in front of a Jewish high school in Toulouse. A young man aged 17 was also seriously injured and his condition is critical. This attack followed a similar attack directed towards three soldiers … Read More »

Daniel Cohn Bendit speaks at Oxford Chabad Society

Cohn Bendet.jpgOxford Chabad Society had the honour of hosting during February Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Franco-German Jewish politician, famous for being a student leader during the unrest of May 1968 in France. During that time he was known as Dany le Rouge (French for "Danny the Red", because of both his politics and the color of his hair). He is currently co-president of the group European Greens–European Free Alliance in the European Parliament, becoming "Dany le Vert" (French for "Danny the Green", because of his new fight for ecology), and co-chair of the Spinelli Group, a European parliament intergroup aiming at relaunching the federalist project in Europe. In 2010, he was involved in founding JCall, a European advo… Read More »

Chabad on Campus UK Hosts Exhilarating Shabbaton in Welsh Countryside

Chabad on Campus UK hosted an exhilarating Shabbaton with students from over 10 university campuses across the UK in a suitably idyllic location in South Wales, in West Glamorgan, Goytre Valley.

Surrounded by water falls and hills, students indulged in the beauty of the Welsh countryside while enjoying the richness of Jewish life and study.

They had the opportunity to attend sessions on a variety of topics of contemporary Jewish interest, as genetic engineering, the environment, Judaism and psychology, in addition to spirited and lively Shabbos dinners, with discussions that went on until the early hours of the morning.

Scholar in residence for the weekend and guest speaker was Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, director of the Institute for Tal… Read More »

Head of German Jews, Dr. Knobloch, is hopeful for future of Jews in Germany & praises Chabad

IMG_5749.JPGDr. Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of World and European Jewish Congress and former President of Central Council of Jews of Germany, gave last week the Edward Ross memorial lecture at the Oxford University Chabad Society, on ‘Challenges facing Jewish life in Germany after the Holocaust’.


She explained her significant life decision to continue to live in Germany after the War due to her ultimate belief in the good of the German people and that it is possible to rebuild the Jewish community of Germany even after such destruction.


This was despite what she witnessed first hand in November 1938 with Kristallnacht when she was hit by a Nazi officer after refusing to give away the hiding place of her fathe… Read More »

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