What is a Jewish student union then? With well over 1000 institutions of higher education worldwide which are known to have Jewish students, this is a difficult question to answer... but we're going to try!!
Manhigut (leadership) is a difficult business to be in! There can be no easy way out, no cutting corners, and there is no room for lack of enthusiasm. You must be able to motivate yourself and then motivate others. At WUJS, we make no pretensions to being psychologists; we only write from certain leadership experiences we and others have had.
Planning your term but not sure which Jewish festivals are coming up? Want your union to get involved with an international project or campaign but not sure what's going on? We've compiled a list with the dates of each festival/fast day for the next 3 years for your use. If you think there's something we've missed send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maybe you are hoping to start a new Jewish student organisation on your campus, maybe one exists but you sense that it could do with some fine tuning and maybe you are an involved Jewish student activist working outside the structure of a union. In all cases, this guide has resources for you.
If you would like the entire guide in one handy PDF contact our chairperson Yos and he will send it to you!
The Jewish Student Leadership Manual is a collection of articles about leadership. They were nearly all written by Joby Blume, experienced leader, trainer, and student of organizational leadership. All of these articles can be reproduced for training purposes by Jewish organizations, provided that WUJS is attributed as the source. If you would like any of them in PDF form contact our chairperson Yos and he will send them to you!
Jewish student leaders have different areas of responsibility, and need to develop different skills and competencies, and use different resources in order to do their jobs well. The list below details positions and areas of responsibility that are often used in Jewish student groups. Each entry links to a large collection of links to relevant resources. For those with numerous responsibilities, there is something to be gained from reading multiple lists. Some resources are accessible from more than one place.
All of these articles can be reproduced for training purposes by Jewish organizations, provided that WUJS is attributed as the source. If you would like any of them in PDF form contact our chairperson Yos and he will send them to you!
We at WUJS feel strongly that great Jewish student leaders are those who can articulate their passion for Jewish student life in Jewish terms. Being intentionally Jewish comes with learning but we know that the vast wealth of Jewish knowledge can be daunting to those who haven't encountered Jewish text before. That's why we've put together this guide to Jewish learning! More will be added as time goes on but for now, we hope you find it useful!