Students honoured at UJS awards


Students received standing ovations for their contributions to Jewish life on campus in the glitziest evening in the Union of Jewish Students calendar.

Union president Ella Rose started off the annual UJS students awards on Sunday night with a video presenting clips of some of the best student activity this year, declaring "what an amazing year this has been".

Over 150 students attended the reception and dinner at JW3.

Bristol picked up the coveted JSoc of the year award, confirming its place among the UK’s most thriving JSocs with regular member numbers jumping from 25 to 150 in just over a year.

Former JSoc co-president Sarah Manuel said: “It’s been a lot of hard work and it felt as if it’s all been worthwhile. It’s amazing to see how far we have come from a year ago.”

The Alan Senitt outstanding contribution to campus life award went to Leeds student Lucy Cohen for founding an egalitarian minyan at her Hillel House and her campaigns work defeating a boycott motion, and for strengthening ties with charity Tzedek.

Final year student Ms Cohen said: “I’m just very lucky and blessed to have had many amazing opportunities and it is important to be able to give back as much as possible.”

Incoming UJS president Hannah Brady picked up the Dedication to Liberation Networks award for her innovative work in making JSocs more accessible to students with disabilities.

She said: “One of the really exciting things about UJS work over the past few years is that we have become far more inclusive. The future looks bright.”

In all, 67 students were short-listed for the 11 awards.

It was a proud night for UJS president Ella Rose.

“This has been fantastic. All of the nominees are completely deserving this year. Just to be nominated is an amazing achievement,” she said.

List of the winners

JSoc of the year - Bristol JSoc

Alan Senitt outstanding contribution to campus life - Lucy Cohen, Leeds JSoc

Best education project in honour of Fred Worms OBE - Ela Naegele, Oxford JSoc

Interfaith project of the year - Esther Malkinson, Loughborough JSoc

Social action project of the year - Linnet Kaymer, Oxford JSoc

Communication of the year - Hannah Sharron, Birmingham JSoc

Oliver Sweeney event of the year - Olivia Davidson and Sophie Calmanson, Birmingham JSoc

Alan Webber award for Israel engagement - Joel Salmon, St. Andrews JSoc

CST campaign of the year - Miriam Steiner, Daniel Ben-Chorin and Joshua Brill, Brighton and Sussex JSoc

Dedication to liberation networks - Hannah Brady, UCL JSoc

Chaplaincy developing JSoc of the year - Durham JSoc and Newcastle JSoc

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