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Celebrating cultures similar, yet different to our own

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A recent speed faithing event, Leeds J-Soc

I am Rubin Verebes, a media student in my first year at the University of Nottingham. After recently emigrating back to the UK for further education, I have re-engaged myself in the Jewish cultural and religious bubble that I was deprived of back in Hong Kong - my recent home for the past nine years. In the first weeks of university, I decided to ingratiate myself in Jewish life on campus. I went to Chabad during freshers week for Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Friday night dinner; the chaplain for a chat and coffee; and Jewish Society to meet all the new Jewish students on campus.

I wanted to do more though. I applied and successfully joined the committee of Nottingham J-Soc, fulfilling my role as Interfaith Officer. My role as Interfaith Officer challenges the students and committees of other faith societies within the Nottingham Students Union; to organise and set up multi-faith events, to create an inclusive environment on campus for Jews and other religious believers. This is vital for a community like the one of Nottingham campuses.

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Unwavering support for Israel activism: We hear you and we're here for all of you

As President of UJS I was saddened and somewhat surprised to read the open letter recently published by nine of the talented and dedicated student leaders that I and my team have the honour to represent and work with, many of whom have submitted motions to UJS Conference, participated in UJS Israel trips, attended UJS Israel events, and are or have been involved in UJS’ representative structures.

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Visiting Auschwitz taught me that vague promises aren't enough - Abdi Duale

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Abdi visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with UJS and HET last week

My trip to Auschwitz taught me that the ones who remain silent in the presence of oppression are only assisting the oppressors.

Growing up on a council estate in Ealing, historic events like the Holocaust weren’t things discussed at school or around the dinner table. In fact, the first time I heard about the Holocaust was when I was 16 years old and even then it wasn’t something I understood or engaged with.

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Combatting BDS for the third time in 15 months - Michali Belovski

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A photo taken by the author in Jerusalem

This evening I feel frustrated and weary of this. Last year, while I was president of the J-Soc, BDS disappeared twice. Now, we are doing this again.

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A day at Auschwitz-Birkenau: Jasmin's trip with UJS and HET

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Walking through the gates of the first Auschwitz camp was a genuinely harrowing experience. I quickly realised it is true what they tell you, no birds fly into Auschwitz and on the day we went it snowed heavily, creating an eerie silence across the camp.

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Reclaim 2018: mental health during my year abroad

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Louise is currently on a year abroad in France. Here she shares her top tips for taking care of your mental health whilst living away from home

Deciding to do a Year Abroad is really exciting. The thoughts of your potential Instagram shots, with everyone poring over them with jealousy whilst they are sat in the library writing essays and doing deadlines, whilst you’re watching the gorgeous hues of a sunset on a white, gold sandy beach in Australia. And I’ll confirm, Years Abroad are great experiences in every way, shape or form.

But firstly, just tell you a little bit about me. My name is Louise and I have been suffering with anxiety and depression for a few years now.

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President’s Update, 6 of 12: feat. winter trips and programmes

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Some of the students who attended the relaunch of our Women's Network - read more about it below

And so a new year begins…

You have elected your next president, we have trained the next bunch of J-Soc committees, but the current team still has 5 more months to go to deliver for Jewish students on campus.

So here’s what has happened over the past month at UJS…

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'Never Again' must begin with 'We Remember' - a guest blog from Bini Guttmann, Co-President of the Austrian Union of Jewish Students (JöH)

Today we are alive!

73 years ago, our survival began. On January 27, 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. 1.1 million people were murdered there. Today we remember.

The 27th of January was the beginning of the end of the Shoah, but not the definite end. The killing continued throughout Europe until National Socialism (months later) was defeated militarily. But hatred of Jews continues to exist.

Today we remember.

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The power of words: Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

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Holocaust survivor Henry Schachter gives testimony at Queen Mary University 

There are many words that repeatedly come up when we’re talking about the Holocaust. Remember. Commemorate. Educate. Persecution. Oppression. Discrimination. Never forget. Never again.

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Why getting involved in 'Our Living Memory' campaign is so important

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Group portrait of students at a Jewish school. Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1938 — US Holocaust Memorial Museum

This blog was originally published on the NUS website.

At the University of Munich in 1942, a group of students known as the White Rose group began to distribute anonymous pamphlets criticising the Nazi regime. They sent them to other German cities, managing to produce 6 different leaflets before being arrested by the Gestapo (the Nazi secret police), put on trial, and killed.

Why is this story relevant to British students in 2017?

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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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