Union of Jewish Students

Avoiding the issues, not fighting for Israel

By Lior Sayada, October 17, 2011

As an active Jewish student on campus, I feel that I have to defend Rabbi Yitzchak Shochet against the accusation that he is "misinformed and naïve", while defending myself and many of my Jewish friends at Birmingham University from the charge that we have "gone soft".


Jewish students say their voice is ignored

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The most comprehensive survey of Jewish students' views ever conducted has revealed that young Jews staunchly support Israel, fear not finding a job after graduation, and are concerned that younger voices are not heard by the wider Jewish community.


We should be proud of UJS

By Alistair de Kare-Silver, October 5, 2011

Much has already been said about the new "Liberation" campaign, but I found Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet's stinging attack particularly disturbing. He claimed that we need "to stop playing the role of victim" and not seen "bending over backwards to appease the oppressor".


Freshers' Week 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Scenes from freshers' weeks on British campuses. With gap year uptake down, JSocs said sign-ups had been at record levels this year, including 150 signed up so far at Kings' College London, 150 at Leeds, 105 at Manchester and 220 at Nottingham. Photos: UJS

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NUS scraps former anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

The National Union of Students has scrapped its anti-Israel policy and replaced it with a motion backing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

NUS will now encourage student unions to host round-table debates on the situation in the Middle East and promote interfaith initiatives on campus.


A way to convince the 'uninformed majority' on campus

By Rob Pinfold, September 26, 2011

The "Liberation" campaign seeks to promote "two states for two peoples". However, that's where collective unity stops and the bickering that is so prolific in the Jewish community begins.


New UJS campaign is an 'insult' to Jewish students

September 23, 2011

As a Jewish university student, I was disappointed and frustrated when I first heard about the UJS's new "Liberation" campaign.

Having spoken to many other Jewish students, including those involved with running the various JSocs on campuses across London, I have found that I am not alone in feeling incredibly let down and alienated by this latest UJS decision.


Liberation should be part of the Jewish narrative

September 22, 2011

A Jewish student recently asked me a seemingly innocuous question:

"But what am I meant to say?"

The question shocked me. The student – a committed political activist – was asking me what she should say when confronted by anti-Israel activists on her campus.


UJS 'lacks backbone': Schochet

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

A leading Orthodox rabbi believes Jewish students do not have the "backbone" to tackle anti-Israel activity on campuses.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet said the Union of Jewish Students "must stop playing the victim" and unite against "radicalism and fundamentalism" at British universities.


Liberation: the right direction for Israel advocates

By Ilana Kosky, September 20, 2011

Last week's front-page story on the new UJS "Liberation" campaign has sparked a large amount of controversy via Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth.