David Davidi-Brown - CEO

I studied BA Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University (after a quasi-second gap year when I should have been doing American Studies at the University of Nottingham.)

My previous experience includes being Campaigns Manager at JHub (an operating programme of Pears Foundation), Social Responsibility Manager and Leadership Training Coordinator at UJIA, and Youth Worker at Redbridge JCC. I’m a member of the ROI Community, an occasional volunteer with Keshet UK, and a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund.

I'm responsible for supporting each UJS President to deliver their manifesto alongside achieving longer term aims for Jewish students, underpinned by our constitution, core values and annually decided policy; providing leadership and education support to the UJS team; managing relationships with communal and sector stakeholders and partners; and trying to raise plenty of funds so UJS and Jewish students can keep up their impressive and inspiring work!

I live with my husband Adam, am a proud uncle to six nephews and one niece, and I’m enjoying the recent highs (after suffering a lifetime mainly of lows) of being a Spurs fan.

I love to travel when I can and have surprisingly become an enthusiastic runner, which helps as most of my socialising revolves around food – with a preference for meze, tapas, sushi or any cuisine that allows me to be indecisive and sample half the menu!
One of my favourite UJS memories was walking around tidying up late at UJS Summit, and seeing students from across the religious and political spectrum thoughtfully, passionately and respectfully chatting with and challenging each other. It’s a bit cheesy, but it really capture in a few moments what UJS is all about, diverse, dynamic and dignified Jewish life and student leaders.

My favourite Israeli song was originally sung by Rita and made popular again by Ivri Leder’s version in the film Yossi and Jager. Called Let’s (Bo) it features two lines that inspired one of the alternative sheva brachot at my recent Chuppah with my now husband Adam:

Saper li ktsat al rigeh hapachad
Kal harbe yoter lefakhed beyachad 

Saper li ksat al rigeh haosher 
Ad sheya'aleh aleynu haboker 

“Tell me a little about the moments of fear, because it's so much easier to be afraid together; tell me a little about the moments of happiness, until the morning sunrise is upon us.” (The rhyming words in Hebrew are more poetic!)

✉ davidb@ujs.org.uk

About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 

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