Union of Jewish Students

UJS sends out roast chicken 'Shabbat packs'

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2010

The Union of Jewish Students will be sending out Shabbat “packs” to campuses across the country next month for a one-off cheap food day.

The Shabbat UK initiative is run jointly with JNF.

Each pack for the March 5 event includes a roast chicken, challah, candles, grape juice, potatoes, vegetables and a prayer booklet.

The essentials must be ordered through JSoc or your national development officer before February 12 and cost just £1 per person.

Apply for a pack at www.ujs.org.uk.


Who will win top UJS job? Time to decide

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2009

The hotly-contested race to become the new Union of Jewish Students’ chair will be decided in Leeds on Thursday night.

Efforts to succeed Adam Pike in the top job in Jewish student politics have seen the three candidates tour campuses across Britain in the search for votes. After one of the most challenging years for UJS, with rising antisemitism and widespread anti-Israel action on campuses, the winner is guaranteed a full in-tray when they take up the role in July 2010.


Election plans get under way

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

Dozens of Jewish candidates are standing for election to regional and national student organisations this month.
They hope to win faith, welfare and education positions on their own student unions, as well as achieving general National Union of Students delegate posts.

More than 1,500 students will attend the NUS annual conference in Gateshead in April next year.

Jewish students have traditionally worked hard to ensure substantial representation at the conference in an attempt to secure favourable motions and an equal footing with other minority groups.


Analysis: Fear for Jewish students on campus

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

Jewish students are renowned for their positive activism, standing up not only for their own rights and to support Israel, but for other minority groups as well.

They should be applauded for their conscientious efforts.

But reporting their election hopes this week has, unintentionally, revealed a problem.

Senior figures at UJS, and individual students from campuses, contacted me with fraught pleas that the JC should not run the story. Many candidates initially asked to be included in the coverage before dropping out.


UJS chair promises new mission, better service

September 4, 2008

The new Union of Jewish Students chair has pledged that the organisation has "a new purpose and mission".

Adam Pike, who took up his role on July 1, said this week he had already implemented wide-scale changes in an attempt to rejuvenate the union.

Last year, the JC revealed how an internal review attacked UJS for lacking "a clear and focused sense of mission, role and purpose" and for having "serious logistical, administrative and management deficiencies".


New J-Soc discount card

By Dana Gloger, September 4, 2008

STUDENTS who join university Jewish societies (J-Socs) will receive a variety of discounts for the first time this year.

UJS has secured a deal with companies that have agreed to give membership-card holders money off their services and products.

These include restaurants, off-licences, clothes shops, taxis and much more.

It will be the first year UJS members will receive such cards and have their membership numbers entered on to a database of J-Socs around the country. Students need to register for the card on the UJS website, ujs-online.co.uk.


NUS ejects hate group

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

The Union of Jewish Students has praised NUS for ejecting purveyors of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel material from its Blackpool conference last week.

Leaflets featuring offensive cartoons and slogans were distributed by Palestinian student group GUPS. After a complaint by a delegate to the conference steering committee, the GUPS members responsible were asked to leave the premises. They verbally abused students on the UJS stall before being escorted out by police.


Students urged to use votes to keep out BNP

By Rachel Fletcher, April 4, 2008

A Union of Jewish Students campaign urging students to register to vote in the May 1 elections was launched at the National Union of Students’ conference in Blackpool this week.

The Your Voice Not Theirs campaign aims to prevent the British National Party from gaining a foothold in the local and London Assembly elections by ensuring that students are aware of their voting rights while away from home.


Future leaders relish university challenge

April 4, 2008

A learning-and-leadership initiative designed to meet the challenges of life on campus and beyond is being rolled out by the Jewish Learning Exchange.

In partnership with the Union of Jewish Students, Tribe and University Jewish Chaplaincy, the JLE’s Genesis programme has been extended to Nottingham after a successful pilot scheme in London.

One-hundred hand-picked students are expected to complete the course this year.

Genesis director Rabbi Avi Hill said that leading communal personalities ran sessions.