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The local elections , what are Jewish students saying? Luisa Attfield - Labour

Young people are less likely to vote in elections than the older generations. According to YouGov only 57% of first time voters (18 and 19 year olds) voted in the 2017 general election compared to 84% of voters of the age of 70. This youth apathy has been used by politicians to attack the youth, for example by trebling tuition fees, without fear of reprimand. A high youth turn out will force politicians to put young people’s interests first. 

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Open Letter to Clive Lewis

Politicians must chose priorities. This is the nature of decision-making with limited resources, and no one disputes this. Each cause has its champions, be it wildlife conservation, accessible education, or productivity and prosperity. These champions are people who the public rely on; that the public depend on.  

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My Israel

This year, Israel celebrates its 70th year of independence, where everyone who is somewhat touched by Israel’s culture, history, or religiosity can come together and share their own personal reflections and experiences with Israel.

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Making sure Jewish voices were heard at NUS Conference 2018 - my experience

Delegates voting at NUS National Conference 2018

Looking back to when I arrived in Glasgow, Conference was a little different to what I expected. From to delegates in chicken hats to an occupation of Conference floor, it was quite an experience- but definitely three days well spent.

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Celebrating cultures similar, yet different to our own


A recent speed faithing event, Leeds J-Soc

I am Rubin Verebes, a media student in my first year at the University of Nottingham. After recently emigrating back to the UK for further education, I have re-engaged myself in the Jewish cultural and religious bubble that I was deprived of back in Hong Kong - my recent home for the past nine years. In the first weeks of university, I decided to ingratiate myself in Jewish life on campus. I went to Chabad during freshers week for Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Friday night dinner; the chaplain for a chat and coffee; and Jewish Society to meet all the new Jewish students on campus.

I wanted to do more though. I applied and successfully joined the committee of Nottingham J-Soc, fulfilling my role as Interfaith Officer. My role as Interfaith Officer challenges the students and committees of other faith societies within the Nottingham Students Union; to organise and set up multi-faith events, to create an inclusive environment on campus for Jews and other religious believers. This is vital for a community like the one of Nottingham campuses.

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Unwavering support for Israel activism: We hear you and we're here for all of you

As President of UJS I was saddened and somewhat surprised to read the open letter recently published by nine of the talented and dedicated student leaders that I and my team have the honour to represent and work with, many of whom have submitted motions to UJS Conference, participated in UJS Israel trips, attended UJS Israel events, and are or have been involved in UJS’ representative structures.

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Visiting Auschwitz taught me that vague promises aren't enough - Abdi Duale


Abdi visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with UJS and HET last week

My trip to Auschwitz taught me that the ones who remain silent in the presence of oppression are only assisting the oppressors.

Growing up on a council estate in Ealing, historic events like the Holocaust weren’t things discussed at school or around the dinner table. In fact, the first time I heard about the Holocaust was when I was 16 years old and even then it wasn’t something I understood or engaged with.

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Combatting BDS for the third time in 15 months - Michali Belovski


A photo taken by the author in Jerusalem

This evening I feel frustrated and weary of this. Last year, while I was president of the J-Soc, BDS disappeared twice. Now, we are doing this again.

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A day at Auschwitz-Birkenau: Jasmin's trip with UJS and HET


Walking through the gates of the first Auschwitz camp was a genuinely harrowing experience. I quickly realised it is true what they tell you, no birds fly into Auschwitz and on the day we went it snowed heavily, creating an eerie silence across the camp.

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Reclaim 2018: mental health during my year abroad


Louise is currently on a year abroad in France. Here she shares her top tips for taking care of your mental health whilst living away from home

Deciding to do a Year Abroad is really exciting. The thoughts of your potential Instagram shots, with everyone poring over them with jealousy whilst they are sat in the library writing essays and doing deadlines, whilst you’re watching the gorgeous hues of a sunset on a white, gold sandy beach in Australia. And I’ll confirm, Years Abroad are great experiences in every way, shape or form.

But firstly, just tell you a little bit about me. My name is Louise and I have been suffering with anxiety and depression for a few years now.

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