UJS cooks up feast of Israeli culture

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013
The new UJS team, including president Joe Tarsh (centre)

The new UJS team, including president Joe Tarsh (centre)

The Union of Jewish Students has taken steps to strengthen its cultural ties with Israel.

New initiatives include a YouTube channel with an Israeli cooking programme filmed in the demonstration kitchen at the UJS new base at JW3 in London.

It is also planning a series of concerts on campus by famous Israeli band Hadag Nachash.

New president Joe Tarsh said: “Political action is an important part of our Israel engagement but we’re also saying we can connect in a cultural sense, a social sense, in an emotional way.”

Supporting this wave of activity will be an Israel engagement officer, as well as a part time sheliach (emissary) - both newly created posts. They will work in partnership with a new Jewish Agency shlicha for students.

“All three of those roles did not exist last year”, said Mr Tarsh.

The season of cultural events will kick off with a Party in the Park in London on September 11, with food and music, and an expected 250 guests.

Last updated: 2:52pm, August 15 2013