Union of Jewish Students

Lord Sacks to tour UK universities

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

The Chief Rabbi is to embark on a nationwide tour to meet Jewish students.

Lord Sacks will be speaking at Jewish Society events at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester.

The talks are to be centered on the role of faith in modern Britain, the importance of having a vibrant Jewish student community and how students can deal with the challenges of campus life.

Lord Sacks will also look at how young people can draw on Jewish values to make a positive impact on the world, and how they can best counter antisemitism and anti-Zionism while at university.

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Manchester students block anti-Israel amendment

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

Jewish students at Manchester University have successfully prevented the inclusion of an anti-Israel statement in a motion intended to promote “peace through education.”

An amendment put forward by Manchester Jewish Society ensured the removal of an accusation about Israeli apartheid, proposed by Action Palestine Society.

The original text read: “Pro Israeli apartheid organisations and individuals …have made up slanderous accusations and claims that supporting Palestinian educational institutions is support for terrorism.”

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Nottingham

October 14, 2010

● Which universities do you cover?

Our students come from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

● How many members do you have?

There are now around 800 Jewish students in Nottingham, with about 450 active JSoc members.

● What weekly events do you run?

We have weekly Friday night meals and Shabbat lunches and run a range of popular nights from pub quizes to Israeli bands.

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New year brings new opportunities for UJS

By Alex Dwek, September 21, 2010

The New Year provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months while ensuring we look forward to challenges which lie ahead.

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) is no different.

As the competition for university places becomes increasingly tough, Jewish students are missing out on their first choice universities – often those with large Jewish student populations.

As a result, we expect to see an increasing number of students choosing universities with a small or medium-sized Jewish Society or perhaps one with just a handful of Jewish students.

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Ex-Islamist Ed Husain attacks hate speaker

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2010

University vice-chancellors must do more to protect Jewish students from hatred on campuses, according to the director of a counter-extremism think tank.

Ed Husain, co-founder of the Quilliam organisation, was speaking at the Union of Jewish Students' annual campaigns summit.

He attacked appearances on campuses of speakers such as Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi.

Dr Tamimi is a regular speaker at universities and has told students that he "longs to be a martyr" and believes Israel "must come to an end".

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Ed Miliband keeps controversial anti-Israel campaign worker

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2010

Labour leadership candidate Ed Miliband has been criticised for hiring an anti-Israel researcher to work on his campaign, despite the volunteer having previously been sacked by another MP.

Joseph Brown, a former anti-racism officer at London School of Economics’ student union, is working on Mr Miliband’s website during the leadership contest.

While at LSE, Mr Brown allegedly made comments about having “shot down a Zionist” during an anti-Israel lecture theatre occupation in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

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All's fair for sixth-formers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2010

UJS' sixth form student fair takes place on June 20.

A-level pupils will have the opportunity to meet JSoc members from around the country, learn about life for Jewish students on campus, and get specialist advice on welfare and accommodation.

The JC-sponsored event will be in Borehamwood.

For more details email leanne@ujs.org.uk or call 020 7424 3299.

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UJS top team is ready for action

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2010

Alex Dwek, chairman-elect of the Union of Jewish Students, has put the final touches to his new team.

Since winning last year's election, Alex has been working to form a new administration to work alongside him when he takes over the top job in Jewish student politics in mid-July.

Together with outgoing chair Adam Pike, the 22-year-old has been interviewing candidates for a number of roles.

Marking its position as one of the most progressive community organisations, all of the society's senior management positions, other than chair, will be held by women.

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UJS runs fair for student advice

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is running a fair for sixth form students who are preparing to go to university.

The JC-sponsored event will give A-level pupils the opportunity to meet members of JSocs from around the country.

Those attending the event will be able to learn about what life is like for Jewish students on campus.

There will be specialist stalls giving advice on safety and security, welfare and financial support, pastoral care, accommodation and gap year programmes.

The fair takes place in Borehamwood on June 20.

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UJS send exam survival packages to students

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students is helping its members through the stressful exam period by distributing special survival packs containing chicken soup and cupcakes.

Students can choose to buy rations for themselves or parents can order one for their child complete with a personalised, handwritten card.

The £3.50 packs contain chicken soup, kosher Haribo sweets and a UJS pen.

As part of the "supper in a cuppa" project, UJS staff will also visit JSocs and Hillel houses around Britain to deliver cups of chicken soup and cakes for those in need of revision respite.

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