Union of Jewish Students

Mason joins the Forum

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

The London Jewish Forum, liaising between the Jewish community and the capital's authorities, has appointed a former Union of Jewish Students campaigns officer as its new director.

Peter Mason will join the forum this month after running the office of shadow health minister Liz Kendall.

Mr Mason said the coming year would be important, "with the mayoral and London Assembly elections in May,


Jewish groups urge release of Baha'i academics in Iran

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2011

Iran's detention of 11 Baha'i academics has been condemned by the Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students.

British Jews have repeatedly raised concerns about the treatment of Iran's Baha'i community. More than 100 are being held in Iranian prisons, including seven of the community's most senior leaders, some having been sentenced to 20 years in prison.


UJS launch university advice hotline

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2011

School leavers waiting to find out their A Level results this week are being offered free advice from the Union of Jewish Students.

UJS has launched a "Uni hotline" service to help 18-year-old's resolve issues related to university life, from kosher food provision to insights into the Jewish community on specific campuses.


Matthew Gould cautions on UK campus extremism image

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The British Ambassador to Israel has questioned the image of university campuses in this country being "hotbeds of anti-Israel sentiment".

Matthew Gould cautioned that such an image was false and emphasised the importance of not overstating the problem and putting off Israeli students from studying in the UK.


Volunteers join forces to stand behind Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

Grassroots supporters of Israel are rallying to defend the country from the "assault on its legitimacy" in Britain, according to the man tasked with co-ordinating a new advocacy project.

Steven Jaffe said community groups were now increasingly running their own letter-writing campaigns, sharing successful ideas, and co-ordinating media appearances.

After May's We Believe in Israel conference


NUS want to send students on Gaza flotillas

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The National Union of Students has adopted a vehement anti-Israel policy in a move that has stunned Jews on campus.


Jewish student leader on Bin Laden death

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011
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Listen to UJS chair Alex Dwek (in New York) speaking about the news of Osama bin Laden's death and the reaction around Manhattan.


Students meet the Zionists at NUS conference event

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students hosted a fringe event at the National Union of Students conference on Tuesday, inviting students to "meet the Zionists".

Alex Dwek, UJS chair, said Zionism was "central to the majority of Jewish students", but added that the term "Zionist" had been hijacked in political and media circles.


Students elect two who back Caliphate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "unacceptable" that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by the University of Westminster Students' Union despite the NUS's no-platform policy for the radical group. UWSU does not implement the NUS ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir.


UJS awards recognise top student achievers

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Students from Nottingham and Birmingham JSocs were among the biggest winners at the third annual UJS awards.

Birmingham JSoc won the inaugural Large JSoc honour, voted for by students during the event in Camden on Sunday evening. President Elliott Park picked up the glass trophy alongside his committee.