It's take two for the JSoc Oscars

UJS prepares to hand out big prizes at its second awards ceremony

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010
Brighton JSoc celebrate winning a gong at last year’s event

Brighton JSoc celebrate winning a gong at last year’s event

The achievements of the country's most dedicated and enterprising Jewish students will be recognised at a special awards ceremony this week.

Around 150 students from across the country are expected to attend the UJS Student Awards in Camden, north London, on Sunday night.

It will be the second time the awards have taken place. More than 50 students have been nominated for their efforts.

Emma Rickman, UJS events officer, said it was an opportunity to recognise the impact students have on their campuses.

The union is also keen to make the community aware of universities with small but active Jewish societies.

Emma said: "The Developing JSoc Award specifically highlights the growth and achievements of different small and medium-sized JSocs and the ceremony is an opportunity to reward them for their efforts."

There are six awards, each highlighting a different aspect of students' extra-curricular work:

● The UJIA Education Award will be presented to the most innovative Jewish educational programme, with the winner travelling with a UJIA executive team to projects in northern Israel.

● World Jewish Relief's Social Action Award recognises the best community or campus-based volunteering work. WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni will accompany the winner to a project in the former Soviet Union.

● The most effective campus activist will collect the Campaigns Award and with it a trip to an international conference in Washington DC.

● Israel Connect sponsors the Events Award, handed out to the JSoc which organised the year's most innovative event. A weekend on a leaders' course in Europe awaits the winner.

● An entire JSoc committee will be recognised for its work in the past year in the Developing JSoc Award. The category is open to small and medium-sized societies.

● The UJS-backed Alan Senitt Outstanding Contribution Award is reserved for an individual who has had a significant impact on Jewish student life on campus.

The ceremony forms part of the UJS "Big Weekend", which includes a Friday night dinner and career networking event.

Award nominees

Education Award
Genna Barnett, Leeds
Richard Specterman, Reading

Social Action Award
Gideon Golstein, Nottingham
Daniel Heller, Nottingham
Hollie Conway, Manchester
Jody Goldman, Nottingham
Nat Abramov, Leeds

Campaigns Award
Samantha Lishak, Leeds
Ben Curtis/Alex Green, Birmingham
Daniel Grabiner,
Jake Witzenfeld, Cambridge
Alex Goodman/Lara Kaplan/Ruthie Arkush, Manchester
Marcelle Jennings, Sussex
Rachel Wenstone, Leeds
Rosanna Rafel, UCL
Saskia Kurer, Manchester
Dalia Nelson, King’s

Events Award
Dalya Wynick, Manchester
Daniel Grabiner/Esther Marshall, Leeds
Laura Arenson/Sarah Bekhor, Bristol
Lauren Davidson, Cambridge
Menachem Grunwald, London

Developing J-Soc of the Year
St Andrews

Alan Senitt Outstanding Contribution
Amy Taylor, Cambridge
Anna Harwood, Oxford
Arieh Miller, Leeds
Elliot Jebreel, Leeds
Georgina Bye, Leeds
Gideon Julius, Bristol
Ilana Fenster, Nottingham
Jak Codd, Leeds
Jonathan Ison, Manchester
Miranda Segal, Bristol
Oli Worth, Manchester
Rachel Wenstone, Leeds
Rob Mindell, Cambridge
Sam Gerson, Manchester
Steven Altmann-Richer, Oxford

Last updated: 2:22pm, March 18 2010