Although there are plenty of Jewish student organisations who don't run elections, for those that do it can be important to run them well, in order to create the right impression and to get the best people in charge. Those organisations that don't yet use elections could benefit from examining why this is, and whether they might benefit from introducing them.
When running elections, there are four 'groups' within your university or college that you are influencing:
A well-run election will affect all of these groups positively. The incumbents - who will have responsibility for ensuring that the election is run well - will feel that the level of seriousness shows that what they have just done was worth doing, and not merely something that anybody could do if they wanted. The candidates will feel, perhaps more than anyone, that involvement in the Jewish student society is serious, and therefore if they are chosen will take it seriously. Of course it is important not to scare people off by making the elections seem too intimidating. The members and general student body will get the impression that the organisation is serious, and that the leaders - as they have been elected - can be respected, and will be able to do the job. If voting is democratic then there will also be an opportunity for involvement that members will appreciate. Finally, authorities and funders may well have various minimum standards of democracy and accountability that they demand, and even if they don't it is always better to seem like a serious and 'professional' organisation.
The electoral process employed is crucially important. The way in which an election is run can emphasise different things - from ability to popularity. For example if all members get a vote but no information or canvassing from candidates, then obviously the most 'popular' candidates will win. In general voters are serious, and vote on the information available. The best elections explain clearly and impartially to voters what they should be looking for, and then give them a reasonable chance to examine the candidates to see if they fit the bill.