Union of Jewish Students of the UK and Ireland
The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) grew out of the Inter University Jewish Federation (IUJF), founded in 1919. IUJF was represented on the Zionist Federation, an umbrella organisation for the Zionist movement in the UK, and a constituent member of the World Zionist Organisation based in Israel, one of the four core bodies of the Zionist movement making up the quasi-statal National Institutions. The Zionist movement seeks to consolidate the State of Israel and to encourage people to settle there.
In 1973, IUJF was renamed the Union of Jewish Students. During the latter part of the decade, UJS ‘emerged as a leading force in the fight against those who attempt to demonise and delegitimise the State of Israel’. UJS is a member of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS), which is in turn a member of the World Zionist Organisation. WUJS counts among its past presidents David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel.
Two objects in the UJS constitution make reference to Israel:
- 2.1.1. Creating meaningful Jewish campus experiences and inspiring Jewish students to make an enduring commitment to their Jewish identity, Israel, and the community.
- 2.1.5. Promoting tolerance and understanding between its Members, and encouraging an awareness of the problems of all racial and religious discord and tension, both at home and abroad, acting in accordance with the Union’s core values of cross-communalism, peer leadership, representation and engagement with Israel. 
UJS declares itself ‘proud to be an incubator for future leaders of the Jewish community and beyond, including Alan Senitt z'l, Israel Lobbyist for BICOM’. Other notable former UJS members include Luciana Berger, former MP for Liverpool Wavertree, who played an instrumental role in the Labour Party’s ‘anti-Semitism crisis’.
The parent organisation of UJS is the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, a company with charitable status. B’nai B’rith [Children of the Covenant] describes itself as an ‘international Jewish organization committed to the security and continuity of the Jewish people and the State of Israel’. B'nai B'rith International is also a formal member of the Zionist movement as an affiliate of the WZO. Hannah Rose, trustee of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, served on the executive of the WUJS (member of the World Zionist Organization) when she was president of UJS.
In 2017, a six-month undercover investigation for Al Jazeera revealed that UJS was in receipt of money from the Israeli Embassy in London and that the union served as a recruiting ground for pro-Israel activists.
UJS hosts the annual Israel Student Awards, which ‘celebrate the work of students on campus in engaging with Israel over the past year’. The most recent iteration of the awards to be convened in physical space was attended by the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.
The UJS is the parent body for the Jewish Societies established on many university campuses across the UK. Jewish Societies (JSocs) on campuses across the UK are reportedly ‘led by a democratically elected committee of dedicated Jewish students who receive guidance, support and resources from UJS’. The implication of this is that all Jewish societes affiliated to the UJS, and UJS itself, are a formal part of the Zionist Movement
|Title||Name||Years in office||University|
|President||Nina Freedman||2021-2022||Bristol University|
|President||James Harris||2020-2021||Birmingham University|
|President||Esther Offenberg||2019-2020||Birmingham University|
|President||Hannah Rose||2018-2019||Bristol University|
|President||Josh Holt||2017-2018||University of Nottingham|
|President||Josh Seitler||2016-2017||London School of Economics|
|President||Hannah Brady||2015-2016||Kings College, London (BA); University College, London (MA)|
|President||Ella Rose||2014-2015||University of Nottingham|
|President||Yos Tarshish (Joe Tarsh)||2013-2014||Manchester Metropolitan 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|
|Chairman||Mark Dines||1975-1976||University of Manchester|
|Interim Co-Chairman||Melvyn Kay||1974-1975||?|
|Interim Co-Chairman||Andrew Jacobs||1974-1975||?|
|Chairman||Phil Shilco||1974||King's College, London|
|Chairman||Alan Freeman||1973-1974||School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)|
|Chairman||David Bloch||1972-1973||University College London|
|Chairman||Rosalind Nysenbaum||1971-1972||Queen Mary, University of London|
|Chairman||Arnold Wagner OBE||1970-1971||Middlesex University|
|Chairman||David Rosenberg||1969-1970||University of Glasgow|
|Chairman||Alan Baker||1968||University College London|
|Chairman||Prof Edgar Neufeld||1955-1956||?|
|Chairman||*Chaim Herzog||1941-1942||University College, London|
- World Union of Jewish Students - member. The WUJS is an affiliated body of the World Zionist Organisation and thus both it and its members are a formal part of the Zionist Movement.
- UJS History and impact.
- WUJS Members
- WZO Affiliated Zionist Organisations.
- UJS Constitution, 2020
- Companies House B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation: Persons with significant control
- B'nai B'rith International About BBI.
- WUJS The Executive.
- Asa Winstanley Israeli government cash to UK’s Union of Jewish Students exposed Electronic Intifada. 12 January 2017.
- UJS Israel Student Awards 2019.
- UJS J socs
- New Chair of the Pension Protection Fund announced
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