Social action is a way in which to change what we feel in wrong in our society by introducing new ideas and processes for doing better in the future. This year in UJS we aim to do just that through positive social change that then will influence the greater society. We work with Mitzvah Day to encourage the donation of time not money, and we also have a lot of great projects coming up this year surrounding Chagim (festivals) and other general charitable campaigns! We also encourage you running your own projects on campus and are more than happy to support you however we can.
The great thing about social action is that it can be incorporated into all events. To discuss a social action idea, please be in touch!
NEW! Social Action Innovation Fund
We're proud to launch a brand new micro-grant scheme for social action projects. We want to empower you, either as an individual or as a J-Soc, to be involved in positive social change.
As a Social Action Innovation Fund Recipient, you will be allocated funds to be able to run a social action project on your campus. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis and will be assessed by the J- Soc Officer focusing on social action and the President.
Applicants can apply for up to £300 for a project. Please note that the amount of a successful grant awarded is not guaranteed to match what is requested.
Other organisations we work with
Mitzvah Day: Guided by Jewish values, Mitzvah Day’s vision is of Jews and non-Jews to come together to build more cohesive neighbourhoods and to strengthen civil society, through social action activities. Mitzvah Day can support and introduce your J-Soc to many social action involvements together with other organisations present in your campus or community. The UJS Guide to Mitzvah Day on Campus can be found here.
World Jewish Relief: WJR is the British Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency. Inspired by Jewish values, they empower people in poverty to live with dignity, self-reliance and hope. They support the world’s poorest Jewish communities, predominantly in Eastern Europe, because kol arayvim zeh la’zeh – all Jews are responsible for one another. Get in contact to know how your local J-Soc can be involved and what sessions WJR can bring on your campus!
Jewish Volunteering Network: JVN works across the community and throughout the UK with individuals and organisations promoting volunteering and volunteer opportunities. If you are looking for volunteering opportunities in your area or ways to engage your J-Soc as a whole, JVN can provide a wide range of opportunities.
Tzedek: Tzedek (justice, charity) Zbelieves that extreme poverty is man-made and can be solved through action, not as charity (tzedekah), but rather seeking to increase justice (tzedek). Our responsibility as people is to bring greater justice to the world. Tzedek works both across the UK and internationally and is moved by Jewish Values. If you’d like to get involved or if you want your J-Soc to be engaged, there are a lot of opportunities to do so and Tzedek can provide them!
Rene Cassin: René Cassin is a charity working to promote and protect universal human rights, drawing on Jewish experience and values. The organisation achieves this by campaigning for change in defined human rights areas – through a combination of advocacy, policy analysis, public campaigning and education and building the capacity of activists to promote and protect human rights. Their sessions on campus cover a wide range of fields, from the Refugee Crisis to building relationships with the Gypsy Community and much more.
Anthony Nolan: Every day, Anthony Nolan match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants. At UJS we hold a strong connection with Anthony Nolan where we encourage you to run events with the on campus Marrow Society, or we can help you organise one yourselves. It is important for ethnic minorities to be on the registry as It increases the chances of a match for those in need.
Goods for Good: is a small charity, based in Borehamwood. That take overstock from British industry and second hand goods from the local community, and send them to refugees and vulnerable communities overseas. Countries they send to include Northern Iraq, Syria, Moldova, Ukraine and Israel. In just 3 years, they have sent nearly £10 million of humanitarian aid. They hold weekly packing sessions, where volunteers help to sort and pack the goods in which they take in to our warehouse in Borehamwood. If you would like to be involved in their work be in touch.
Here are some resources to help plan events on campus: