University of Nottingham student Ella Rose has been elected as the next President of the Union of Jewish Students, succeeding Joe Tarsh in June of next year and becoming the first female president in 7 years.
History and Politics student Ella won the right to leadership of UJS in a closely-run race against the University of Manchester’s Raphi Diamond in which 523 students voted – an increase of over 100 more voters than last year – with the results announced at the UJS National Conference yesterday.
Running on a campaign of inclusivity and transparency with the slogan of ‘Watch UJS bloom’, Ella’s proposals included developing a network of Jewish students studying abroad and opening UJS up to increased feedback from the students it represents.
Ella released this statement: [divider]
For forty years UJS has supported, represented and connected Jewish students from across the UK and Ireland. No matter what a person’s beliefs or backgrounds are, they are welcome to become members.
UJS ensures that our needs are met, that our beliefs and cultural requirements are understood by student unions and by universities. Those of us who require kosher food are put in touch with the right people to make sure that we can get it, in some cases we have even managed to get kosher food outlets on our campuses! We come together to learn, to eat, to lobby and to have a lot of fun too. We play football against each other, we do quiz nights, we host Friday Night Dinners and we initiate and facilitate interfaith activity. It is an honour to have been elected by the Jewish students of the UK and Ireland so that I can ensure that UJS continues this necessary work.
I believe that it is vital that UJS’ members stay constantly involved in how their union is run. As President I wish to introduce new mechanisms so that feedback can easily be sent to me throughout the year. I also want to honour the achievements of past UJS members by inviting them to share their experiences and expertise with current students via an Alumni network.
I would like to mention and thank to Raphi Diamond, who ran against me. Raphi’s campaign was incredibly strong and I have taken inspiration from many of his visions.
Thank you to all who voted for me. I am excited to embrace the opportunities, challenges and adventures that lie ahead for me all of UJS.
Watch this space… and watch UJS BLOOM!” [divider]
In addition, members of the new UJS National Council, the elected body of 5 students that hold the UJS President to account, have also been elected and the results announced yesterday.
Eylon Aslan-Levy, University of Cambridge, Post-grad
Jonathan Hunter, University of Oxford, 2nd Year
Hannah Brady, Kings College, London, 3rd Year
Jamie Nagioff, University of Liverpool, 1st Year
Liron Velleman, University of Leeds, 1st Year
Board of Deputies
Eylon Aslan-Levy, University of Cambridge
Sami Steinbock, Kings College, London
Chloe Goldich, University of Nottingham
Sophie Ross, University of Oxford
Josh Isaac, Brunel University
Elliot Miller, UCL
Keeping their positions:
Dan Mackenzie, University of Leeds
Gabriel Webber, University of Sussex
Joe Tarsh, UJS Staff
Maggie Suissa, UJS Staff
Beca Bookman, UJS Staff
UJS released a statement thanking student voters and congratulating the new President and National Council members, “We would like to wish Mazal Tov to all of those elected and we look forward to working with them.” You can read Ella Rose’s manifesto on the UJS website or watch her campaign video below.
Watch Ella’s campaign video
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