New sabbatical team announced by UJS for 100th anniversary year
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New sabbatical team announced by UJS for 100th anniversary year

As the Union of Jewish students mark its centenary, incoming president Esther Offenberg looks ahead to taking the reins and supporting community's youngest and brightest

UJS' new team for 2019. Top: Shiri Wolf, Daniel Kosky and Esther Offenberg. Bottom: Bradley Langer, Lauren Lethbridge and Georgia Boroda
UJS' new team for 2019. Top: Shiri Wolf, Daniel Kosky and Esther Offenberg. Bottom: Bradley Langer, Lauren Lethbridge and Georgia Boroda

The sabbatical team tasked with leading the Union of Jewish Students into its 100-year anniversary has been announced, with campaigns coordinator Daniel Kosky remaining in post for another year.

The new team will be led by Israeli-born Esther Offenberg, who grew up in Berlin before studying psychology at Birmingham. She has been on NUS’ Democratic Procedures Committee [DPC] for the past year..

Earlier this year she won a three-way battle against Lauren Keiles and Joanna Phillips to lead UJS and takes the reins this summer alongside Kosky, Georgia Boroda, Bradley Langer, Lauren Lethbridge and Shiri Wolff. “This is a team that will have students at the heart of everything we do,” she said.

“Each of us brings an area of experience, passion and drive for the work we will be doing and I can’t wait to get stuck in. The 2018-19 team did some incredible work, pioneering new projects and events on campuses. I can’t wait for our team to continue to move them forward.”

Esther Offenberg

Kosky received praise for “a hugely successful year” passing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism on many campuses and opposing anti-Israel motions at student unions in the UK.

They are joined by another Israeli – Haifa-born Shiri Wolff, who grew up in Prague before studying HR management at Lancaster, where she was treasurer of the university’s Jewish society.

Manchester-born Boroda and Essex pair Langer and Lethbridge complete the line-up, with Lethbridge focusing on Holocaust education, Langer assisting Kosky on campaigns and Boroda working on interfaith and social action.

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