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President's Blog - No “I” in Team

This month has seen the introduction of our amazing new Sabbatical Team, who can’t wait to get stuck in with supporting Jewish students. It has certainly been a long time coming and we are all looking forward to the year ahead!

For the last two weeks, we’ve been taking part in UJS’s annual Chazon team training programme, meeting with communal partners and educators, and learning Chazon means ‘vision’, and it is so great to see how the vision for the year ahead has been built on by every member of the team. Everyone will be having their input in how the year ahead looks, and similarly, we can’t wait to talk to you about the issues that matter to you, and how to shape Jewish life on campus according to your ‘chazon’.

Not only have we been training to become the best team for Jewish students, but we have also been putting on some exciting events!

A highlight for me this month was partnering with the Jewish Labour Movement on what to expect from the upcoming EHRC investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party.
It was incredibly powerful to hear first hand testimonies from brave young activists who have all too often experienced such pernicious abuse because of their Judaism. This encompasses what UJS really exists for – we exist to lead, defend, and enrich the lives of Jewish students so that if this does happen on campus, you are supported.

We’re in the process of creating vibrant campaigns and projects, digitally engaging events, and planning a host of great activities throughout the year in which Jewish students will be able to engage in more creative ways than ever before.

We're ready to see you all on campus, whether digitally or in person, as we head into the Freshers' period. We can’t wait to see you there!


James Harris | UJS President, 2020-21





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