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UJS statement in response to AEPi

**Content Warning: Sexual Assault and Rape**

The statement released today (31/07/20) by the AEPi Fraternity is a dangerous attempt to change the narrative surrounding the accusations of sexual assault and rape. UJS calls on AEPi to retract this statement and apologise. AEPi has shown by this statement their clear focus on protecting themselves rather than investigating and dealing with the accusations. They are not the victims in this situation. Until AEPi can get their own house in order, UJS will withdraw all ties with AEPi, including AEPi chapters no longer being able to use UJS spaces on and off campus, no longer supporting or encouraging joint events between UJS and AEPi, and UJS and associated staff no longer providing content or engagement for AEPi. We advise all Jewish societies to do the same with individual local chapters.

Equality and Advisory Support Service: Freephone 0808 800 0082
Victim Support line: 0845 30 30 900
RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre) National Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
Women Against Rape: womenagainstrape.net
The Survivors Trust Helpline: 0808 801 0818
Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support National Helpline: 0845 122 1201
Jewish Woman’s aid Sexual violence support like: 08088010656
As always UJS is here for you. You can reach out to our team by messaging myself or emailing info@ujs.org.uk and for safeguarding issues please email our CEO Arieh Miller, ariehm@ujs.org.uk

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Welcome to the UJS Team 2020-21

We are delighted to announce the team to work with your J-Socs over the next year, our UJS Sabbatical Team 2020-21!

Everyone is really looking forward to facilitate and support your activities on campus. James and all of the other officers can't wait to continue leading, defending and enriching Jewish life on Campus! Keep reading to find out more about the new team!#

 

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The New Normal

When it was announced that I would be the UJS President for 2020-21, I did not expect that my term would be so far out of the ordinary – but we are indeed in unprecedented times!

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You'll always have my heart or Esther's leaving blog

 

What a year this has been, truly unforgettable. I know this is every UJS president’s experience but I’d like to think the added factor of a pandemic can give me a few brownie points on that front.

But allow me to rewind a bit more for a second. To be cliché, I could have never imagined heading the Union of Jewish Students of the UK & Ireland, representing 8500+ students and all the other great talking points; let alone have an English accent. I arrived at university four years ago not knowing what a Jewish society is and now ended being the keeno of the year! A title I carry proudly.

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UJS reaffirms its unequivocal support for a two state solution

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Talking Uyghur Culture & Identity RESOURCES

 

On Sunday, 14th of June, UJS was proud to host a panel discussion with Uyghur Muslims. We heard about their activism stories and advice and about their experiences growing up in Urumqi or living as Uyghurs around the world. Click here to see the live event on our Facebook page. 

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How Jewish students can support the Black Lives Matter movement?

Blog by Nina Freedman, Bristol J-Soc

In recent days, the media has been flooded with news of George Floyd and the despicable police brutality which is coming to light. George Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for 8 minutes while he was pinned to the floor in Minneapolis. The conversations about race that this has sparked are unbelievably important and present an opportunity for us all to evaluate our privilege. It has allowed the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, founded in 2013, to once again come to the fore and reminds us why we need to be constantly working to fight racism in all its forms.  

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Shavuot Resources

UJS is delighted to present to you: A Student’s Guide to Shavuot!!!

This is a guide for all, inclusive of all Jewish students regardless of religious denomination or previous knowledge.

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Save A Life Party!

Join Jewish youth movements and students for the great Save A Life Party. Judge Rinder will host a carousel of celebrities and entertainers including Love Island’s Eyal Booker, and comedians Joe Bor, Rachel Creeger and Simon Brodkin. 

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UJS Student Awards 2020

Last night (19th May) we hosted our 12th Annual Student Awards, celebrating the exceptional work of Jewish students up and down the country over the past year. Refusing to allow the COVID-19 Pandemic to halt celebrations, we moved the awards online. Over 150 people viewed the event live, hosted on Facebook and Zoom, celebrating Jewish student life on campus, recognising the incredible hard work and difference made by students!

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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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