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It's back: Reclaim 2017

Last year I approached UJS with an idea, which was for them to run a mental health campaign.

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Happy Birthday to me!

October 2013, Birmingham. My lecturer tells me that one of my favourite male authors was in fact a woman, but she wrote under a pseudonym because she couldn't get published with a female name in the 17th century. I remember that the same thing happened to JK Rowling in the 1990s. 

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Bridges not Boycotts

Every year Jewish students lead conversations on campus about promoting balanced discussions and nuanced debate on the difficult topic of Israel and Palestine. These conversations often take place amidst a concerted campaign of division, hatred and delegitimisation that can occur within student discussions.

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My Parliamentors Project: Pension Pals

For many, Parliament is a distant concept. We decide who we want to sit there on our behalf and represent us, but for too many of us our involvement ends there and we are detached from the process.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: Why do we still remember?

Why do we still remember?

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March of the Living: You can't not go

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Natacha with the UJS delegation, as part of the UK delegation to March of the Living

When you go somewhere people always ask ‘how was it?’ And words can never express the intensity of what you’ve experienced. This is a trip too important to miss and my words can only carry so far. I went on March of the Living for the first time as a student; the following year I went as a member of UJS staff, and I would go again. I have to.

There are many trips that provide you with the opportunity to go to Poland and learn about the horrific atrocities of the Holocaust. It is also possible to go to Poland at any time in your life, so why go now? That’s what was stopping me going as a student - I had essays of however many words to write, I had exams to prepare for and could not afford to put myself through an emotional rollercoaster that I wasn’t sure I would adjust to, because it would be far too tough.

But, what is too tough? Learning the truth? Taking a moment not to ignore it? It is tough - but it is far tougher to ignore and to forget, to listen to people deny, revise or talk about the Holocaust in a blasé way.

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March of the Living: my experience

After being accepted to attend March of the Living with the UK delegation, I immediately told friends and family with elation that I was going to Poland.

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Manhigut: An eye-opening trip which provoked more questions than it answered

In December, a small group of students across all universities, years, disciplines and naturally, political opinions, were taken by the Union of Jewish Students on an intensive week-long trip, ‘Manhigut’, around Israel and the West Bank. 

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A day on the border with Gaza

Twice a year, the Union of Jewish Students takes university students on a trip called Manhigut – a week-long insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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No-go or must-go? The truth about university for Jewish students

Jewish students’ experiences on campus seem to always be top of the agenda, whether that is because of an incident at an Israel Society event or because of allegations of anti-Semitism This paints a very disturbing image for those outside of that exclusive bubble.

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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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