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Cross-Communal Pessach Resources

Welcome to UJS’ Pesach themed, cross-communal educational resource!
Five leading educators from within our community, from different denominations and backgrounds, have produced in partnership with UJS, four awesome pieces to inspire you this Pesach! (plus an extra activity launched by Lead for your dinner table..) Click here to read more!

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UJS Student Awards 2019!

Last night, the 16th of April, we hosted our annual UJS Student awards where over 120 students, partners and community came together to celebrate everything that was achieved on campus over the last year. We received almost 100 nominations, and we were proud to see our campus leaders come together for this special evening to acknowledge the amazing work they have done.

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Be bold, be strong, be idealistic and challenge us all to be better- Arieh Miller

Since my time as a student (Leeds University ‘07-’10) I have been overwhelmingly impressed by the work of UJS. From the thousands of Friday night dinners served, to the game-changing national campaigns, to representing and standing up for students on campus; UJS is a dynamic, boundary-pushing and difference-making movement, and I am excited to be a part of it once more.

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Building a mentally healthy Jewish student community - Philippa Carr

It’s Sunday 31st March 7.40am (after the clocks have gone forward) and I’m at Paddington Station bound for Bristol Temple Meads. I’m talking to my inner self and asking, “Remind me why I do this job?” Not only is it very early on a Sunday, but it’s Mothers’ Day and my two teenage daughters are miffed that they’re not going to be able to post mother and daughter selfies on their social media feeds. I’m also feeling a bit guilty that I probably won’t have a chance to speak to my own mother today as I’ll be home too late. I try to remain resolute, thinking of my quest for purpose today rather than pure pleasure.

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Israeli Elections 2019 - Aaron Benderski

So the Israeli elections are almost upon us, and I was tasked with simplifying the process to understand what is going on.

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Be proud, be passionate, and maybe a little more patient and pragmatic

Two weeks ago, I was with students at UJS Liberation Conference. A few days later I was sharing my experience of being an LGBT+ Jew on an interfaith panel at Cardiff university. As my penultimate week as UJS CEO, this seemed a fitting farewell to supporting UJS Presidents and their teams fighting for Jewish students and all marginalised groups to live fully and freely without fear of harassment or hatred.

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UJS Student Awards 2019 - And the nominees are...

After receiving nearly 100 nominations and deliberating for a long time, we are delighted to announce this year’s nominees for the 2019 UJS Student Awards!

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Debate not Divestment: Creating Meaningful Dialogue on our Campuses During Israel Apartheid Week

As Israel Apartheid Week approaches, as Jewish students around the country, we have to consider the role that we play in promoting the Jewish state. It is clear, through Israel Apartheid Weeks gone by, that we have seen hostility on campus, with some students calling for a hard-line policy of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel. One thing is evident though – rather than polarising the debate so that both sides feel as though they must get one up on the other, we should instead be creating an environment that fosters good relations and respect – an environment that would in the future be conducive to peace.

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Homelessness - Rebecca Lewis, UJS Sabbatical Officer

Perhaps awful to admit, but if you had sent me an article about homelessness two weeks ago, chances are I wouldn’t have even opened it- it was, quite simply, something that had little relevance to me; I just didn’t care.

In fact, it went further than just being apathetic. I was a cynic.

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LGBT+ History Month 2019

Our job as student leaders is to fight for those in our society who need us most, leading a student culture which celebrates diversity and standing up for each other when we need it most. That’s why we are proud to mark LGBT+ History Month, both as a celebration of our LGBT+ Jewish community, and as a focus on how much further we can go to expel homophobia, transphobia and biphobia from our Jewish student society and beyond.

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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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