The events in Israel since Hamas’ violent and unprecedented incursion on Saturday morning are harrowing to see. UJS sends our thoughts, love, and prayers to the friends and families of the victims of this onslaught. You can find UJS' full statement here.
We know that Jewish students on campus are worried for their own friends and families in Israel, and may have concerns about life on campus at this time. UJS are in constant contact with all of our JSocs on campus, and will continue to be in touch with them.
Please use this page as a resource for support during this difficult time. You can always contact your Sabbatical Officer with any concerns or questions. Find their contact details here.
If you need support please call the UJS Welfare Hotline on 020 7424 3288.
If you witness or experience antisemitism report it to CST on 0800 032 3263. In an emergency always call 999.
For updates on the events in Israel visit the Digital Israel Portal.
For resources to support any issues around mental health that you may be experiencing at this time please click here.
If you need support writing a letter or form regarding mitigating circumstances at university, contact your sabbatical officer.
UJS has launched a second campaign 'This Seat Is Reserved' for any and every JSoc seat to reserve a seat for one of the 200+ hostages taken by Hamas. View more here.
If you wish to support fundraising efforts for victims of the war in Israel, donate to UJIA's campaign here.
What We've Done So Far (as of Friday 10th November)
-Hosted a briefing with Maj (Res.) Keren Hajioff for over 300 people.
-Opened a welfare hotline for students in need. It is still operational and you can call anytime on 020 7424 3288.
-Written to every SU across the UK and Ireland outlining what has happened, how it is impacting Jewish students and how SU’s can support their Jewish students.
-Over 130 student leaders have received a briefing from UJS and CST.
-Provided quotes for several national newspapers including The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Daily Mail as well as participating in national radio interviews including on Times Radio and across Global and the BBC.
-Been in touch with every JSoc across the UK and Ireland.
-Reviewed and shared our mental health resources with students.
-Planned advertised, and delivered a briefing for all Jewish secondary school students on Thursday evening.
-We are supporting the emergency UJIA appeal alongside our JSocs.
-Written and shared a briefing with JSoc Presidents to guide them through meetings with their university.
-Constantly sharing our welfare hotline/urging students to report any antisemitic incidents to CST.
-Launched an online campaign to urge SUs to sign a letter publicly stating that they #StandAgainstTerror and #StandAgainstHamas.
-Written to every Vice-Chancellor in the country alongside University Jewish Chaplaincy with practical steps to support Jewish students at this very difficult time.
-Met with the ministerial team at the Department for Education as well as the Shadow Education team, outlining the dire concerns of students on campus in addition to discussing practical measures government can take.
-The Digital Israel Portal is being constantly updated.
-Wrote to several mainstream schools outlining how they can support their Jewish students at this very difficult time. We will continue to support Jewish students in both Jewish and non-Jewish schools.
-The Sabbatical team has been in touch with hundreds of Jewish students directly offering welfare support.
-We have worked with students in Oxford and Cambridge to combat motions calling for a 'mass uprising'. Thanks to our intervention and work, the Oxford UCU motion has now been pulled.
-We have increased the delivery of our Antisemitism Awareness Training to Students' Unions and leadership across the UK and Ireland.
-Our Digital Israel Portal continues to be updated, informing Jewish students about the ongoing situation.
-We have continued to support Jewish secondary school students through our UJSix programme, visiting several schools throughout the week.
-We've met with several vice-chancellors, Universities UK, and continued our engagement with the Department for Education and Shadow Education team to ensure that Jewish students are safe and secure on campus.
-The Chief Rabbi resumed his campus tour and visited Leeds JSoc.
-We launched our 'This Seat Is Reserved' campaign ensuring a seat is reserved at every JSoc event for the 200+ hostages currently held in Gaza by Hamas
-#MyJewishExperience was launched online, highlighting the experiences of Jewish students in the last three weeks - view the thread here
-UJS held a further two briefings for 400+ university, and school students
-We met with the Provost of UCL, the Attorney General, National Police Chiefs Council, 120 Vice-Chancellors, Cambridge Students' Union and US Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, to discuss the unprecedented rise in antisemitism on campuses across the country including calls for 'mass uprisings' and 'Intifada Until Victory'.
-UJS held meetings with the Department for Education, government ministers, MPs, and deputy mayors of London to discuss the experiences of Jewish students on campus.
-The Chief Rabbi visited St Andrews and Edinburgh JSocs
-We ran a whole day of antisemitism awareness training for Students' Union CEOs.
-This academic year UJS has already delivered antisemitism awareness training to over 1,700 individuals.