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9th December 2018, Winter Newsletter
Welcome to your Progressive Jewish Students Newsletter!
As we say goodbye to Chanukah, with tonight being the 8th and last night, we are also saying goodbye to the first term of university. Read on for a look back at what we've been up to this term, some inspirational words on Chanukah from your progressive chaplain, Rabbi Daniel Lichman, and to see what we have coming up in the future!
P.S Our Facebook Page 'Progressive Jewish Students' will be launching very soon! Follow Maya Jeneration for news when its live and give it a like to keep up to date with our work, as well as events and opportunities headed your way.
What we've been up to
(Top left: Lunch n Learn @ Lancaster, top right: Meeting students at UJS Summit, bottom left: FND @ Sheffield, bottom right: Lunch n Learn @ Brighton and Sussex)
It has been a busy term! Casting my mind back to September and it feels like a lifetime ago. This term we have visited over 10 campuses, running Lunch n Learns such as 'Why don't Jews talk about hell?' and 'Why are so many Jews, feminists?, Dinner and Discussions such as 'Walking the narrow bridge between joy and sadness' and helping to run FND's. We have met so many of you, and it has been wonderful! If you are on campus and would like more support please get in touch asap!

Another important part of this term was visiting UJS Summit, and seeing the campaigns of all three of the presidential candidates. We even asked all three candidates how they would support progressive Jewish students on campus, and here you can see each of their replies.

And to celebrate Chanukah, we sent 150 of you a Chanukah pack with candles, a Chanukiah, and our own postcard with descriptions of themes for each day. We hope you enjoyed these! Now as the term soon comes to a close, we wish you a good luck and a restful break. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2019! 
Student Spotlight
London FND with progressive students - Thanks Jake for hosting!
Learning with Rabbi Daniel Lichman
A final reflection on Chanukah

"We're coming towards the end of the first semester and approaching the break - what a relief it is to have an expanse of time off on the horizon! Time out - a chance to play, reflect and think - is so precious and can often feel lacking as it gets lost amidst the busyness of daily life. 

Chanukah recalls the rededication of the temple by the macabees. Nowadays there is not, of course, a temple at the heart of Jewish practice. I am reminded of the insight articulated by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in his lovely little book The Sabbath; that our Judaism focuses on time rather than space. That the focus on the temple of old has transformed into our focus on temples in time. He discusses how Shabbat can be understood and observed as exactly that - a temple, or a palace, in time. 

Tradition recommends that while the Chanukah candles are lit we sit with them and do not do any other work during the duration of their flame. These twenty minutes are precious. Just as the macabees rededicated the temple, we are invited to rededicate time. 

May you find following this festive period and in the moments in between study and upcoming deadlines- a space to reflect, to breath, and to rededicate your time to that which helps you grow, learn and heal. 

A final Chanukah Sameach, and good luck to whatever deadlines you may have!"

Upcoming visits
We are travelling to the following campus from next term (Jan - April).  Follow our social media to keep up to date with events at these campuses and more! Want us to come visit your campus? email:
  • St Andrews
  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • Exeter
  • Nottingham
  • Bristol
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
Save the Date!
Join Progressive Jewish Students for drinks and a meet up on the eve of the 25th September - let us know if you'll be there!
Our infamous Jewish spirituality retreat, 'Reconnect' is happening again!
Keep the date in your diary - March 22nd - 24th. Sign up form coming soon
In February earlier this year, 10 students from 9 universities came together for our inaugural weekend retreat, 'Reconnect'. The weekend was filled with Jewish learning, hikes, late night discussions and plenty of singing. It was magical. We are so excited to announce the dates for the second Reconnect for 2019, March 22nd - 24th. You do not want to miss this, keep an eye out for our sign up form going out soon!
Chizuk - Student Leadership Programme. Launch weekend 2nd Feb!
Are you a progressive student looking for community on campus? An ex RSY/LJY leader who's hadracha is feeling a little put out of work since arriving at university? Or are you simply a Jewish student looking to expand your skills and experiences? Whoever you are, we invite you to join Chizuk, our student leadership programme for progressively minded Jewish students. In this 12 month programme, learn how to build a community, run events on campus, receive a personal grant to develop your unique leadership capabilities, and travel to Europe learning about Jewish history with your fellow chizuk cohort. Click here if youre interested and want to sign up, and for any other questions, email Maya:
What is Progressive Jewish Students?
Progressive Jewish Students is a collaborative project between Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism. The goal is to create a space for all Progressive students, and those looking to learn more about what Progressive Judaism is. We invite all students to get involved, and we work closely with students of LJY- Netzer and RSY - Netzer.
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