Union of Jewish Students pops into more than 60 university freshers’ fairs

UJS teams deliver stickers, magnets, and bottle openers to new students across the UK


The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) has visited over 60 university freshers’ fairs over the past month, meeting Jewish Societies as far north as Edinburgh and as far south as Exeter.

Before the tour, the UJS team delivered over 2,000 freshers’ packs to Jewish students on 75 different campuses.

A spokesperson for the union said that its goal for the upcoming year was simply to reach as many students as possible: “The more the merrier!”

The packs included a host of merchandise such as stickers, magnets, and bottle openers from UJS and other Jewish communal organisations.

Reflecting on the visits, UJS president Edward Isaacs said: “Jewish campus life is truly thriving. It has been a privilege to visit both some of our smallest JSocs as well as the largest Jewish student populations throughout the freshers’ period.

“From Bath to Birmingham, Glasgow to Gloucestershire, UJS is reaching every corner of the UK and Ireland and it is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team.”

Following the freshers fairs, many Jewish Societies have hosted their first events of the year, such as “Succah Socials” at Queen Mary University, London and Nottingham’s freshers’ barbecue, which was attended by 175 students.

Further events are already in the UJS diary for this term, including ‘Jewniversity Challenge’, which begins on October 23, Jewish Experience Week at the end of the month and Interfaith Week in November.

The UJS spokesperson said that plans were underway for the union’s annual convention in December.

“These events will, of course, accompany regularly occurring [Jewish Society] events, such as Friday night dinners and lunch ‘n’ learns,” the spokesperson said.

The Union of Jewish Students has been running for more than 100 years and is the oldest Jewish students’ union in the world.

Its goals are to support Jewish Societies, while also representing Jewish students on a national level.

Today, the UJS represents approximately 9,000 Jewish students and runs a variety of programmes, from engaging in interfaith work to providing access to kosher food and accommodation for Jewish students.

Students who would like a freshers’pack, can email:

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