Union of Jewish Students
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The Union of Jewish Students of the United Kingdom and Ireland (UJS) was established in 1919, when it was known as the Inter-University Jewish Federation (IUJF). The organisation was renamed UJS in 1973 and currently represents a constituency of approximately 8,500 Jewish students, with somewhere between four and five thousand being members of its affiliated Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on individual campuses. It is an executive member of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) and the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS). The current President is Joe Tarsh, a Youth & Community Work graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. The President-elect is Ella Rose, a History and Politics student at the University of Nottingham, she will take up her position in June 2014.
UJS is a confederation of Jewish Societies (J-Socs) but also provides further opportunities for student engagement through our national programming.
UJS full-time staff are recent graduates led by an elected President.
The core values of UJS are:
Cross-Communalism: They believe that UJS and J-Soc activities should be open to all Jewish students regardless of religious affiliation or denomination.
Peer-leadership: They believe in empowering students to run their own programming for their peers.
Representation: They believe that Jewish students should have their voices heard both locally and nationally. J-Soc committees and the UJS President are elected roles which consider the views of their members and in turn represent the views of Jewish students to the wider community.
Engagement with Israel: They believe that Jewish students should have the support and space to explore their connection and relationship with Israel.
UJS's work is divided into 5 areas:
J-Socs: They currently provide training and funding for over 60 J-Socs situated around the country. UJS offers J-Socs this support in order to enhance their activities and Jewish student life on campus.
Campaigns: UJS campaigns to defend its members' interests. They work with universities, NUS (National Union of Students) and the government to ensure that the needs of Jewish students are met and represented at every level.
Careers and Networking: Members of UJS are offered the opportunity to participate in career networking events, master classes and a summer placement scheme.
National Events: Each year UJS hosts and runs national events to bring together Jewish students from across the country. These include: JUEFA Cup football tournament, UJS training Summit, UJS Conference, UJS Student Awards, Shabbat UK and Jewniversity Challenge.
Services: They work with universities to secure Jewish student accommodation and spaces for J-Soc activities as well as sourcing kosher food for students on campuses around the country.
UJS is, for a student group, a well funded organization, employing a number of recent graduates alongside several support staff..
One of the oldest constituent organizations in the UJS is the Liverpool Jewish Students' Society. Started in 1921, it has grown to cover Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and other surrounding colleges.
UJS also takes a leading role in the politics of the National Union of Students with at least one member of the National Executive Committee being closely linked to UJS for many years. UJS has supported Wes Streeting and Aaron Porter, who became successive Presidents of the National Union of Students in 2008 and 2010. The UJS funds delegations of Students’ Union leaders to visit Israel. Through this it has had a close involvement with the NUS Anti-Racism and Anti-Fascism campaigns in recent years. UJS does not locate itself anywhere specific on the right-left political spectrum, claiming to be a pressure group supporting the interests of Jewish students, rather than a political faction. UJS works with those it believes to support the interests of Jewish students.
In addition to its political role, UJS is active in representing Jewish students' specific religious needs to academic institutions, providing informal Jewish education to members, promoting inter-faith dialogue, and social activity. For many of its members the political aspect of its activities are secondary.
|Title||Name||Years in office||University|
|President||Alex Green||2012-2013||University of Birmingham|
|President||Daniel Grabiner||2011-2012||University of Leeds|
|Chairperson||Alex Dwek||2010-2011||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Adam Pike||2008-2010||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Jessica Truman||2007-2008||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Chairperson||Jonathan Levy||2006-2007||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Wallace Rosenberg||2005-2006||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Dan Sacker||2004-2005||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Mark Ross||2003-2004||Queen Mary, University of London|
|Chairperson||Alan Senitt||2001-2003||University of Birmingham|
|Chairperson||Ashley Hirst||2000-2001||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Ruth Bookatz||1999-2000||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Adam Dawson||1998-1999||University of Leeds|
|Chairperson||Danny Newman||1997-1998||University of Oxford|
|Chairperson||Susie Simmons||1996-1997||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Chairperson||Nick Cosgrove||1995-1996||University of Hull|
|Chairperson||David Kaplan||1994-1995||University of Glasgow|
|Chairperson||Tony Danker||1993-1994||University of Manchester|
|Chairperson||Robert Sumroy||1992-1993||University of Cambridge|
|Chairperson||Ian Myers||1991-1992||Manchester Polytechnic|
|Chairperson||Howard Silverman||1990-1991||Keele University|
|Chairperson||Jonny Mendelsohn||1989-1990||University of Leeds|
|Chairperson||Stephen Kurer||1988-1989||University College London|
|Chairperson||Paul Frosh||1987-1988||University of Cambridge|
|Chairperson||Ashley Harshak||1986-1987||University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Chairperson||Adrian Cohen||1985-1986||London School of Economics|
|Chairperson||Simon Myerson||1984-1985||University of Cambridge|
|Chairperson||Matthew Kalman||1983-1984||University of Cambridge|
|Chairman||Sam Clarke||1982-1983||University of Sheffield|
|Chairman||Danny Joseph||1980-1981||University of Leeds|
|Chairman||Rowel Genn||1979-1980||Queens University, Belfast|
|Chairman||Simon Caplan||1976-1977||University of Oxford|