Guess who's back...

What a week we’ve had! We’ve travelled by plane, train, bus and car, and some of us have ventured further out of North West London than ever before. We’ve been up to Glasgow and Edinburgh, down to Exeter and Canterbury and at 35 J-Socs in between… And we’re not done yet! Look out for us next week at a whopping 32 more campuses, including Bournemouth, East Anglia, Nottingham and several in London. In the meantime, here are some highlights from the past week…

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UJS comment following yesterday's NUS NEC

It is clear that there are significant issues when it comes to accountability within NUS. For the second meeting running, a question to the National President regarding Jewish students and UJS has failed to be asked.

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Chazak v’Ematz – be strong and have courage, Gilad Erdan MK tells us at Time to Lead

Yesterday UJS (the Union of Jewish Students) hosted its annual training seminar for students heading to campus in the coming weeks. 40 students from 19 campuses across England and Wales gathered to attend Time to Lead in London, where they attended sessions to prepare them for the new academic year.

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Looking back on Chazon

Having just completed a month of training, the UJS team are back in the office and preparing to meet everyone on campus in September. Whilst we get ready for that, here’s a look back at what we did during our month of preparation…

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UJS Team meets with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Rabbi Danny Rich

This week, on the closing day of their Chazon training programme, the new UJS team members met with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism and Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism.

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UJS statement following full publication of Royall report

We welcome Baroness Royall's decision to release her report into antisemitism within the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC). Despite the clear acknowledgement of antisemitic incidents occurring within OULC, it remains a concern that they haven't been appropriately addressed as part of the Labour Party's disciplinary procedures. 

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UJS team meets with Rabbi Wittenberg and Chief Rabbi Mirvis

On Tuesday, as part of their Chazon training programme, the new UJS team members met with the Orthodox Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis, and with Rabbi Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism.

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Issues still exist following NUS' clarification of ARAF policy

Whilst we welcome the fact that only Jewish members of NUS NEC will elect the Jewish ARAF representative, there are still issues following the clarification of the ARAF policy. The 8,500 Jewish students in the UK will continue to have no say on their sole representative within NUS' structures, meaning that once again, Jewish students are not being listened to.

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Jewish Students at Oxford deserve answers and action from the Labour Party

Here is the UJS statement in light of Jewish students at Oxford writing an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn MP calling for the immediate and full publishing of Jan Royall’s inquiry into antisemitism in the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC):

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Alleged antisemitism in OULC still not addressed

Following the publishing of the Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party, it is evident that the Labour Party have swept the issue of alleged antisemitism within Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) under the carpet.

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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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