The Executive is the highest authority of WUJS except for the annual Congress. It serves as a substitute, miniature General Assembly during the course of the year, in order to compensate for the impracticability of having an active General Assembly on an ongoing basis due to the international nature of WUJS. The Executive consists of the Chairperson, the Treasurer (if one serves), the Board members and representatives of certain, specific WUJS member unions.
There are two ways WUJS member unions can gain a seat on the Executive.
Regular Executive Representation
A Member Union is eligible for regular Executive representation if it meets the following requirements:
- The Member Union represents a country or region with a population of more than 200,000 Jews.
- If there are 250,000 Jews or less on the continent where the applicant Member Union resides, a population of more than 50,000 Jews will suffice.
- For this purpose, Latin America will be considered a continent – North America will consist only of the USA and Canada. Likewise, The Arabic-speaking countries in Africa will be considered a separate continent from the rest of Africa.
- The Member Union has demonstrated exceptional involvement in WUJS and the realization of its aims consistently for at least five years.
- The Member Union has been a Member for at least ten years.
Rotating Executive Representation
Every 2 years at our General Assembly we vote to grant 2 WUJS Member Union the right to have a rotating Executive Representative for a 2 year term. A Member Union is entitled to apply for a Rotating Executive Representative even though it does not meet requirements for regular representation listed above.
The Member Unions entitled to regular Executive Representatives at this time are:
The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has represented Jewish students on campus across Australia and New Zealand since 1948. They have student clubs registered at over 25 university campuses and represent over 5,000 Jewish students.
Current Executive Representative: Saul Burston, AUJS Chairperson
The European Union of Jewish Students is an umbrella organisation supporting national Jewish student unions in Europe and over 150,000 young people (aged 18-35) on the continent.
Current Executive Representative: Alina Bricman, EUJS President
The Union des étudiants juifs de France (UEJF) otherwise known as the Union of Jewish Students of France are active in more than 30 universities and represent more than 15,000 Jewish students.
Current Executive Representative: Sacha Ghozlan, UEJF President
The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS ) represents 2,500 Jewish students across South Africa at every major Jewish organisation with a Jewish population.
Current Executive Representative: Deena Katzen, SAUJS National Chair
The National Union of Israeli Students is an umbrella organization that unites local student unions from different universities and colleges in Israel. They represent 300,000 students across Israel.
Current Executive Representative: Bar Zonshine, Head of Government Relations and International Affairs
The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) is the organisation that represents over 8500 Jewish students across the UK and Ireland. Their mission is to provide for every Jewish student to make sure that they love their time on campus.
Current Executive Representative: Hannah Rose, UJS President
The unions granted Rotating Executive Representation by the 2017 WUJS General Assembly are:
The Federación Mexicana de Jóvenes Judìos (FeMeJJ) was founded in 2016 as the central body that represents and coordinates, at a national and international level, the committees and youth groups of the Jewish Community of Mexico.
Current Executive Representative: Gabriel Nissan, FeMeJJ President
The Jüdische Österreichische HochschülerInnen (JöH) represents approximately 500 Jewish students on campuses throughout Austria.
Current Executive Representative: Bini Guttman, JöH Co-President