On July 17th, 1919, the Jewish Societies of Cambridge, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield founded the Jewish Inter-University Association of Great Britain and Ireland. Then they became the Inter University Jewish Federation (IUJF).
Student-led, cross-communal, creative and passionate ever since, this federation of Jewish Societies became the Union of Jewish Students [UJS] in the 1970s. In response to the rise of the National Front and attempts to demonise and delegitimise Zionism and the State of Israel, we became a campaigning representative union.
Whatever our name, wherever we’ve been based, and however we’ve been organised, for 100 years we’ve been the confident and courageous voice of Jewish students, leading, defending and enriching Jewish life, fuelling an engine of talented and dedicated leadership for our community and our country.
Throughout the coming year we are offering alumni, supporters and students exciting opportunities to discover more about our inspiring past, connect with current students and fellow alumni, and be part of shaping the next chapter in the UJS story.
Celebrate with friends, your old J-Soc committee, and as many generations of UJS keenos as you can find in your family at the “ultimate student party” on Sunday 30th June. Held at an iconic central London student venue, the theme is a nostalgic twist on a student union gig, and it’s not just for students!
There’s also an event in Israel for those living or visiting there on 30th June.
Explore one hundred years of loud and proud student campaigns, ground-breaking education, funny freshers’ gimmicks and much more memorabilia at our free exhibition taking place at JW3 from Monday 16th September until Sunday 6th October. Details for the launch event on Wednesday 18th September with special guests to be announced.
Join possibly the fastest growing Facebook group of 2019, where over 700 UJS alumni are already reconnecting and reminiscing. Find us here.
Look out for UJS 100 news, views and more in the Jewish press throughout the year.
If you have stories, photos, publications or UJS merch and memorabilia that could add to our timeline or exhibition, please get in touch.
If you want to get involved with organising any of the UJS 100 activity, we’d also love to hear from you.
Your activism and time as a student are precious parts of our proud history. We hope this year we can involve you once again as a vital contribution to the future vitality and vibrancy of Jewish life in the UK and Ireland.