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UJS held its annual Convention that saw over 400 Jewish students from across the UK and Ireland sign up to come together for an exceptional and fun-filled weekend of learning, discussion, debate, and celebration of all forms of Jewish life. Over 30 sessions took place over the weekend.
We welcomed representatives from UJIA, Keshet, Sue Harris Trust, Masa, University Jewish Chaplaincy, Jewish Women’s Aid, CST, and EUJS, as well as hearing from Eliot Young, brother of Nathanel Young z”l, who was murdered by Hamas terrorists on 7th October 2023 while serving in the IDF. Eliot joined UJS Convention especially from Jerusalem to share Nathanel’s and the Young family’s story with hundreds of Jewish students, many of whom also knew Nathanel personally.
Following Shabbat, we held a havdallah and a lighting of the Chanukiah. Of course, the famous silent disco made a comeback too!
Rounding off an incredible Shabbaton was the announcement of the UJS Presidential election results. Sami Berkoff was announced as UJS President for 2024-25.
Sarah Wilks, Head of Programming and Vice-President of UJS said: “This weekend has been an amazing opportunity for Jewish students across the UK and Ireland to meet and learn from each other. It was especially warming to celebrate the festival of Chanukah with over 400 incredible students. Seeing so many young Jewish people come together like this makes me so proud to be a part of UJS and the work we are doing to support both the present and future of our community.”