Union of Jewish Students

Look past the boycott motions – the situation on campus is hopeful

By Maggie Suissa, April 24, 2015

When you consider that in the past year a radical minority within the UK student movement have tried to demonise Israel and trivialise Jewish students’ concerns about antisemitism, it is inspiring to see so many Jewish students taking an active role in their student movement, going beyond their own universities to fight racism and seek a positive and pragmatic approach to Israel and Palestine.


Football triumph for Birmingham and Manchester in student Juefa Cup

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2015

Brum Girls football team swept to victory for the second year running at the Juefa Cup five-a-side student football tournament.

It was an all-Birmingham women’s final as the Brum Girls beat rivals Mitzvah Balls, while in the men’s final, Manchester Oak Hill beat the Jewish Campus USA team.

Over 150 students gathered in Manchester to watch 20 teams compete.


Israeli journalist gives students an insight into the Middle-East conflict

By Naomi Firsht, October 19, 2015

Israeli journalist and writer Ari Shavit spent a week visiting campuses across the country to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the current situation for Israelis.

Over 550 students attended the talks in Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Leeds and Oxford, organised by the Union of Jewish Students.


London students entertained by reality TV star at Friday night dinner

By Naomi Firsht, October 12, 2015

More than 130 students attended the first central London Friday night dinner of the new university year.

Reality television star Judge Robert Rinder entertained students at Western Marble Arch Synagogue last weekend.

The dinners, co-organised by University Jewish Chaplaincy and the Union of Jewish Students, will continue on a weekly basis throughout the academic year.


NUS refusal to work with Cage welcomed by Jewish students

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed the National Union of Students’s decision to rule out future work with a campaign group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

NUS president Megan Dunn said on Friday that her union would not co-operate with Cage.

David Cameron had previously criticised the student body for its links to the controversial group.


Students work to aid refugees

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2015

International student groups have launched a campaign in response to the refugee crisis.

The European and world unions of Jewish students have encouraged campus leaders to sign their "call to action", and published a list of 20 ways for groups to help refugees.


Anti-extremism legislation will help students

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has welcomed new legislation to tackle extremism on campus.

Universities must have risk assessment procedures for speakers and provide a counter narrative at events where those with extreme views are speaking, according to the legislation that came into effect this week.


Union plan for a year of success

By Naomi Firsht, September 17, 2015

Union of Jewish Students campaigns director Russell Langer has predicted a positive year ahead for students, despite the increased number of anti-Israel motions at student unions over the course of the last year.


No Britons stand for European Jewish student elections

By Naomi Firsht, August 24, 2015

The group that represents thousands of Jewish students across Europe is holding elections this week, but there won’t be any Britons standing.


Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.