Union of Jewish Students

Liberation: campaign is close to collapsing

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has been forced to cancel plans for a week of Israel advocacy events on campuses.

"Liberation Week" was due to begin on Monday.


Call for UJS campaigns director to go

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

An online petition has been launched calling on the Union of Jewish Students to sack its campaigns director.

It follows a clash between Dan Sheldon and Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a debate hosted by Leeds JSoc on Monday.


Refreshed Booze for Jews strikes right note

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Nottingham JSoc has held the country’s first Booze for Jews event of the new academic year.

With the flagship party suffering a slight drop in attendances nationally in the past 12 months, the Nottingham committee took a new approach, giving the celebration a theme and embarking on a fresh marketing initiative.


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.