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UJS Student Awards 2021 - Nominees

After receiving all the nominations, we are delighted to announce this year’s nominees for the 2021 UJS Student Awards!

Sign up to join us for this wonderful evening here!

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Student Awards 2021

The annual UJS Student Awards is the opportunity to recognise everyone who has contributed and dedicated themselves to Jewish life on campus. It’s a time for students from all over the country to come together and celebrate their work and their achievements. 

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Graduate Careers Month - April 2021

Work Avenue in conjunction with UJS are hosting a fabulous opportunity for students and grads to network with professionals in different industries, ask questions and gain valuable insights. 

 

The Schedule:

8th April Law/Accountancy/Management Consultancy

13th April Marketing/Advertising/Agency

15th April PR & Comms/Journalism/TV & Film Production

20th April Civil Service/Public Sector/Politics/Not for Profit

22 April IT/Cyber Security/Software Engineering/Data Analysis

27th April Property/Finance/Wealth Management/Banking

29th April HR/Fashion/Buying/Events Management

 

For more information click here

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Showing Strength

Every month I have tried to speak to students about some thoughts and what UJS have been getting up to. This month I thought I would do something different and talk about the weekly Torah portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei, the last portion in the book of Shemot, the book of Exodus.

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Looking back at International Women's Day

A blog by Amanda Sefton, UJS Sabbatical Officer

This year for International Women’s Day, UJS brought together Jewish female leaders to share some of their top tips, and inspire young Jewish women to be brave and #ChoosetoChallenge 

 

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Refugee Shabbat 2021

This year, UJS is partnering with HIAS to mark Refugee Shabbat, which is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the world to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers. This is part of our wider commitment to campaigning for refugee rights following overwhelming student support for such initiatives in the 2020 Conference.

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Bristol - Hate Off Campus

On Wednesday 17th Marchthe University made a statement confirming that they had "initiated an investigation" into Professor David Miller. To see the University's full statement click here. UJS and Bristol J-Soc welcome this announcement, though it has come far too late and we hope the University will take appropriate and speedy action.

Click to view UJS and Bristol J-Soc's full statement on Facebook and Twitter

 

On Tuesday 2nd March, an open letter condemning Prof. Miller and signed by over 700 academics was publicised. The academics said they "believe that Prof. Miller’s depiction of Jewish students as Israeli-directed agents of a campaign of censorship is false, outrageous, and breaks all academic norms regarding the acceptable treatment of students." 

They continued: "we believe his classification of Bristol Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students as part of a movement he has described as an “enemy” to be “targeted”, and his singling out of individual student leaders within those organisations, emphasises the threatening nature of his remarks. His claim that Jewish students are engaged in activities on behalf of Israel that endanger Arab and Muslim students increases the reckless and inflammatory nature of Prof. Miller’s comments."

 

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Planning for the future

As 2021 rings in a new national lockdown, your UJS team have been preparing fresh new ways full you to engage with Jewish life on hey digital campus.

Whilst most students this term, and this year, have so far not experienced in person teaching, we will be continuing to enrich your Jewish campus experiences through diverse and engaging content, featuring some big-name speakers, whist campaigning on the issues that matter to you.

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Tu B'shvat - A Collection of Student Blogs

Tu B’shvat is an annual Jewish festival that is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Shvat. This year, this falls on the 28th January. A different name for the festival is Rosh haShana la’Ilanot, or the new year of the trees. For us at UJS, this name captures the beauty of Tu B’shvat, as we welcome spring, and the Earth begins to regenerate. As such, this festival has become seeped in messages of tikkun olam, it is a time to consider at greater length how we care for our environment, ensure the cleanliness and liveability of our shared, communal spaces, and protect our world for the generations to come. Traditions surrounding the festival are diverse, and Jews around the world celebrate it in different ways. To find out just some of the ways which Jewish students in the UK celebrate Tu B’shvat, take a read of the testimonials below! 

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Holocaust Memorial Day Blog - Amanda Sefton

Today is 76 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz, and the day that the global Jewish community comes together to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered. This day is not just about commemoration, but also about looking back and learning the lessons from this time to make sure it never happens again.

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