President’s Update, 2 of 12: August, feat. representation, trips, a new look and more!

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Work hard, play hard: J-Soc Officer Dan Rafaeli, second right, participates in a colour run at EUJS Summer U, where UJS President Josh Holt was elected to serve on the EUJS Executive Board

The past two months have been jam-packed full of planning to deliver new projects on campuses across the UK and Ireland, and we are all so excited term is finally beginning!

In the first blog, you heard about our staff training, meetings with organisations and programme planning, and this month we have ensured our representative voice is louder and prouder than ever.

So here’s a rundown of a few highlights that have gone on at UJS this month…

 We rebranded

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We are the voice of Jewish students and we are loud and proud about it. Our new logo and rebrand mean we will reach even more students, putting a newer, fresher face on almost 100 years of heritage.

We also launched a new website (you're on it right now!) This makes it easier to sign up for Friday night dinner, buy event tickets, find out what’s on near you and keep up to date with everything going on, so make sure you're registered.

 

We represented Jewish students at the highest level of government

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Through meeting the Prime Minister and conveying the interests of Jewish students, we were able to fulfill our role as the representative union of Jewish students in the UK and Ireland, ensuring Jewish student voices are heard at all levels of government.

 

We represented Jewish students at EUJS

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Being involved in the global Jewish community is one of our priorities this year. By getting elected onto the European Union of Jewish Students Executive Board, we're ready to bring new and exciting opportunities to Jewish students in the UK, connecting our union and local J-Socs with unions across the continent.

 

We took over 120 student leaders to Israel and Palestine

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By taking student leaders of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs to Israel, we can work to improve dialogue around the conflict, ensuring positive engagement by the broader campus community about this complex issue. Read more about these trips here.

 

We launched the Women’s Network

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Liberation is fundamental to what we do, and through our Women’s Network we hope to create a platform for self-defining Jewish student women to drive change, by coming together and discussing the issues that matter to them most. Join the Facebook group here.

Now we're ready to see you all on campus as we head out to support J-Socs at Freshers' Fairs across the country. See you there!

Josh Holt, UJS President 2017-18

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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