Students honoured at UJS awards ceremony
The president of the LSE Jewish Society was honoured for his efforts challenging antisemitism on campus at the Union of Jewish Students awards.
Jay Stoll led the response when a Jewish LSE student was physically assaulted by his peers on an athletics union university ski trip. He had confronted them for playing a Nazi-themed card game. Mr Stoll was given the CST campaigns award at Sunday's ceremony.
Mr Stoll ensured that the university took the incident seriously, with the four perpetrators banned from the student union.
He also oversaw efforts earlier this year to stop hate speaker Haitham Al Haddad from addressing LSE students.
Nearly 200 students enjoyed the now-annual event, which was held in Camden, as the hard work and contributions of exemplary students from around the UK were marked.
Exeter JSoc was given the Chaplaincy Developing JSoc award, while Nottingham JSoc won the large committee award. Nottingham students Dan Clyne, Sarah-Jayne Grahame and Rebecca Shapira also took home the WJR social action award. The trio were behind the 100 for 100 challenge earlier this year, in which more than £13,000 was raised for charities including Tzedek, Save a Child's Heart, One Family, Tikvah, Age UK and Aegis. Under the project, 100 students t ook part in different challenges to raise £100 each, with events culminating in a game of Twister, involving all the participants.
Three Leeds students took home awards, with UJIA education award winners Charles Braunstein and Michael Kosky praised for building Lishma, a programme which encourages students to lead their peers in discussions. Rob Prager won the TrainE-TraidE communications award.
London students Fleur Freedman, Shushu Aberbach, Simon Fidler and Natasha Nassimi, the committee in charge of Friday night dinner provision for students living in halls in central London also won the ZF Israel Connect events award. Birmingham student Joseph Moses won the award for outstanding achievement for his leadership, given by Hillel in the name of Alan Senitt, a former UJS chairman who was murdered in Washington DC in 2006.
"Jewish students are tremendously hard working and achieve amazing things on campuses across the country," said Daniel Grabiner, UJS president. "It has been an absolute pleasure to work with so many JSocs this year and see the passion, commitment and energy that Jewish students display each and every day."