The World Union of Jewish Students is the central, global, democratically elected Jewish Student leadership network, led by students forstudents. WUJS serves as an umbrella organization, uniting and representing independent Jewish student associations working in over 50 countries around the world.
WUJS was founded by Hersch Lauterpacht in 1924 with the aim of “Fostering the unity of Jewish students worldwide. Striving to ensure their participation in the fulfillment of the aspirations of the Jewish people, its continuity, and the development of its religious, spiritual, cultural and social heritage.”
Its first President was Albert Einstein, whose Vice-Presidents included Chaim Weizman, Chaim Nachman Bialik and Sigmund Freud. Einstein was succeeded by Ernst Bergmann who was himself succeeded by David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel. You can learn more by reading “The Kids Are Alright” by journalist Matthew Kalman, which details the remarkable, rich, and sometimes unbelievable history of WUJS through the years.
Our flagship program is the annual World Congress of Jewish Student Leaders, which brings elected Jewish student leaders from all around the world to Israel for five days of leadership and professional development. This past year we brought together 160 student leaders from 40 countries.
By exploring the “About” section you can learn about who we are, what we stand for, how we work and where we came from. You can also learn about our members and partners and connect to our alumni community.