UJS – The Voice of Jewish Students
Leading, defending and enriching Jewish life on campus
We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 67 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.
Locally, nationally and internationally, we run diverse and dynamic programmes; provide access to kosher food and accommodation; and passionately engage with Israel, interfaith, and social action projects.
For over 100 years, we’ve been leading, defending and enriching Jewish student life across the UK and Ireland, and we’re proud to be the voice of Jewish students.
What is a Jewish Society (J-Soc)?
The Jewish Society (J-Soc) is the main focus of Jewish student life on each campus and is a recognised member of each university’s Student Union. J-Socs host a variety of cultural, educational, religious, social and political activities for their members, all of which are supported by UJS. These programmes range from weekly Lunch and Learns to annual J-Soc Balls.
J-Socs are led by a democratically elected committee of dedicated Jewish students who receive guidance, support and resources from UJS. Like UJS, J-Socs are open to all Jewish students, from all backgrounds and denominations. J-Socs vary in size from ten to 1,000+ members, depending on the size of the local Jewish student community. Find out more about our member J-Socs here.
Cross-Communalism: we believe that UJS and J-Soc activities should be open to all Jewish students regardless of political or religious affiliation or denomination.
Peer-leadership: we believe in empowering students to run their own programming for their peers.
Representation: we believe that Jewish students should have their voices heard both locally and nationally. J-Soc committees and the UJS President are elected roles which consider the views of their members and in turn represent the views of Jewish students to the wider community.
Engagement with Israel: we passionately and proudly connect our students with over 3000 years of Jewish and Hebrew culture, offering opportunities to strengthen, celebrate and explore a personal relationship with Israel as part of an evolving expression of Jewish identity
Our work is divided into 4 areas:
J-Socs: we currently provide training and funding for over 60 J-Socs around the UK and Ireland. UJS offers J-Socs this support in order to enhance their activities and Jewish student life on campus.
Campaigns: UJS creates and delivers powerful campaigns to defend its members' interests. We work with universities, NUS (National Union of Students) and HM Government to ensure that the needs of Jewish students are met and represented at every level.
National Events: UJS hosts several national events each year to bring Jewish students from J-Socs around the UK and Ireland together. These include weekends away, sport tournaments, charity events and more.
Services: We secure Jewish student accommodation and spaces for J-Soc activities, as well as sourcing kosher food for students on campuses around the country.
To find out more about the current UJS team, click here.