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.

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Honours for students, and soup

By Naomi Firsht, April 2, 2015

Selfie sticks on stage, a majority vote for chicken soup and enough schnitzel to feed an army - welcome to the Union of Jewish Students annual awards.

Over 150 undergraduates and graduates gathered at JW3 in London on Sunday to see a group of their peers honoured for their hard work fostering Jewish life on campus.

Jeans and T-shirts were discarded for posh frocks, suits and in some cases ev

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Students honoured at UJS awards

By Naomi Firsht, March 30, 2015

Students received standing ovations for their contributions to Jewish life on campus in the glitziest evening in the Union of Jewish Students calendar.

Union president Ella Rose started off the annual UJS students awards on Sunday night with a video presenting clips of some of the best student activity this year, declaring "what an amazing year this has been".

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Jewish student was ejected from We Believe in Israel conference - and then allowed back in

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

A Jewish student was removed from a pro-Israel conference in London on Sunday after distributing anti-Israel material to attendees – and then invited back in to sit on a panel for the Union of Jewish Students.

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Leaders discuss future

February 26, 2015

The concerns of Jewish students were raised by community leaders in a meeting with university chiefs.

Representatives of the Union of Jewish Students, Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies, and Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, met four vice-chancellors from Universities UK .

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Campus Notebook: February 13, 2015

By Naomi Firsht, February 12, 2015

Habonim weekender

Habonim Dror student madrichim enjoyed a weekend shabbaton in the Yorkshire countryside as part of a bonding seminar.

Fourteen students from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and London, travelled to the village of Delph to take part in Shabbat services, educational programmes as well as a trip to nearby Hollingworth Lake.

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Campus Notebook: December 12, 2014

By Naomi Firsht, January 8, 2015

Training on track

For the first time, the UJS Summit training weekend for newly elected JSoc committees included members from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Over 100 students from 23 JSocs took part in activities at Grittleton House in Wiltshire.

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'Outsider' UJS president: 'At last, I finally fit into the community'

By Naomi Firsht, December 18, 2014

Newly elected Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady regards herself as very different from her predecessors in the job.

"I have had quite an unusual route to this position," she said. "I've I come as northerner, as a complete outsider. JSoc life for me hasn't always been inclusive, I haven't always been welcomed with open arms."

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Javid denounces 'smokescreen' arts censorship

December 18, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid spoke out against Israel boycotts in a speech that took a strong stance on artistic censorship at the UJS conference.

"I will always be proud to stand up and resist calls for boycotts of Israel, he said. "I know that such calls are nothing more than a smokescreen for the oldest hatred."

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Culture Secretary Sajid Javid speaks at UJS Conference

By JC Reporter, December 17, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid, addressed students at the Union of Jewish Students Annual Conference on December 14.

Thank you for coming, and thank you for inviting me along today.

It’s always great to see young people getting engaged with the political process.

I vividly remember my own experience of student politics.

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