Since June 2021 UJS have delivered over 140 sessions of antisemitism awareness training, to Student Union and University staff, in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills to call out antisemitism on campus and support their Jewish students. UJS is continuing to expanded its delivery of the training, opening it up further to University staff, including student services teams and senior management teams.
The training is delivered by our Head of Campaigns Guy Dabby-Joory and the UJS Sabbatical Team.
It is an interactive session looking at modern, historic, indirect and direct examples of antisemitism on campus, and examines the impact on the Jewish student experience. Every session is tailored to the attendees roles and specifically what key steps they can take in their institution to support Jewish students.
Here are some comments made by past attendees of our training:
‘The history that was provided with the session was extremely useful as it allowed me to understand where this issue stems from. It was also very powerful to have a Jewish lady conduct the training as personal/relevant examples were provided which helped me understand this issue better.’
‘It was a really humbling training session, took me down a peg or two. I'm grateful to have experienced this session, and it felt like a very safe space to ask questions.'
'Amanda was incredibly engaging and informative; creating a safe and supportive environment to explore and discuss the topics. Honestly one of the best training sessions I’ve had as a sabb!'
‘I loved the session, unfortunately it highlighted to me how little I knew prior to the session but I'm really grateful that I could attend.’
‘It was really good, I learned so much about Judaism (historical and contemporary) and the experience of Jewish students (particularly like how you involved our Jewish Society!). I also found the point-by-point explanation of the definition of anti-Semitism really helpful in clearing some misconceptions I had.’
If you are interested in having UJS deliver this training at your University please click here. Please note that we deliver this training both in person and virtually, free of charge, and we recommend a maximum of 25-30 people per session.
For additional learning on understanding antisemitism, please see our resources page.