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UJS Conference 2023/24

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Over 400 Jewish students had their voices heard at UJS’ annual Conference on Sunday 10th December.

UJS Conference is the annual event where students propose and debate motions that, when passed, become policy for 3 years.

Conference opened with three special addresses: a read out of a letter from Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and video addresses from both Home Secretary, James Cleverly, and Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper.


This year Jewish students proposed a total of 112 motions – a new record - to UJS Conference covering a range of issues reflecting a diversity of passion and thought from across the community. Conference passed many motions including voting to recognise the IRGC as a terrorist organisation, as well as for UJS to provide further opportunities for Jewish students through networking events, volunteering with Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivor Centre, or supporting more collaborative events between Jewish societies.

The results of the UJS Presidential election were announced at the end of UJS Conference. Sami Berkoff, current president of Durham Jewish society, was declared the winner of the election which had the highest turnout UJS has seen, and will take up the role in summer 2024 for the 2024/25 academic year.

Conference marked the end of UJS Convention 2023/24, an incredible weekend Shabbaton with over 30 sessions, Friday Night Dinner, and a silent disco!

Guy Dabby-Joory, UJS Head of Campaigns and Conference co-chair said:

“This has been a term like no other for Jewish students, who for two months have faced an alienating climate of hostility on campus. At UJS Conference, they came together and proudly voted for what they believe in. It was truly inspiring to see Jewish students uniting around the issues that matter most to them, while also engaging in lively and passionate debate about UJS' programming, campaigns, and structure. Campus life might be tough, but Jewish students are tougher.”

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