In the aftermath of the 7 week long operation in Gaza and the incessant rocket fire that has plagued Southern Israel during the summer of 2014; the leadership of WUJS unanimously agreed to move the annual WUJS Congress away from it’s regular home in central Israel to travel to the South. We are very excited by this prospect and are looking forward to a truly unique conference in one of the most beautiful yet often forgotten parts of the Jewish state. For more infor and registration click here.
The Shabbos Project is a unique, international grassroots Jewish identity movement that unites all Jews to celebrate one full Shabbat together.The idea originated last year in South Africa, where the majority of the country’s diverse Jewish community joined together to enjoy a single Shabbat. The International Shabbos Project will take place on the Shabbat of 24/25 October 2014 in more than 212 cities and 33 countries around the globe. Here at WUJS we acknowledge that Shabbat means different things for different people and this can be seen through differences in the ways people practice and observe Shabbat.
From the 29-30th of September AUJS held their annual general meeting in Melbourne. The incoming AUJS National Executive for 2015 have now been elected!
WUJS is pleased to announce our new partnership with Mitzvah Day International. Mitzvah Day, taking place this year on November 16th, was started in the UK in 2008. Since then, it has grown into a global movement of change – encouraging people all over the world to take part in hands on social action together. Now in 20 countries, Mitzvah Day brings 35,000 people together at the same time, to make a difference.
At the beginning of August a group of Jewish students had the opportunity to join Roma youth from around the world to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Roma genocide in the Holocaust. While there, they participated in a seminar led by experts tackling issues to do with genocide education and prevention, grass-roots organisation and the task of combating racism and xenophobia in modern Europe.
On August 4th the National Executive Council (NEC) of the National Union of Students (UK) voted to adopt a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy against Israel. The motion calls for sanctions on Israel and encourages the 600+ student unions’ across the UK who are members of NUS to bring boycott campaigns to their campuses. WUJS joins our member union, the Union of Jewish Students of the UK & Ireland (UJS) in condemning this vote.