The WUJS Secretariat
WUJS Chairperson - Yosef Tarshish
Yosef is the current Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) since his election in December 2015. He grew up just outside London, UK where he was an active member of the Jewish community from a young age. In 2010, he was elected Chair of the Manchester Metropolitan University Jewish Society and went on to be elected and serve as President of the Union of Jewish Students of the UK & Ireland (UJS) for the 2013-14 academic year. Just three weeks after completing his term at UJS he made aliyah and promptly took up the role of Projects Director at WUJS.
Yosef holds a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an alumnus of the European Union of Jewish Students UNHRC Seminar in Geneva, a graduate of the prestigious UJIA Lead Now Program and a graduate of the Moishe House Retreatology Connection Point. Yosef has also participated in programmes run by Livnot U'Lehibanot, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Limmud.
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Read Yosef's Blog here: http://www.wujs.org.il/chairpersons-blog
Follow Yosef on Twitter: @jtaarsh
Communications Director - Hallel Abramowitz-Silverman
Hallel Abramowitz-Silverman is an activist, a Sergeant (res.) in the COGAT Spokesperson New Media Team of the Israeli Defence Forces and an in-coming college student at the IDC in Herzlia.
She has volunteered, interned and worked with Women of the Wall, Energiya Global, the American Jewish World Service and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Diamond Program. Hallel has been published and featured in a wide variety of media including The Jerusalem Post, BBC, IBA News, Voice of Israel and Yediot Yerushalayim.
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Follow Hallel on Twitter: @JustHallel
WUJS LAtin America Director - Wendy Chernicki
Wendy made Aliyah from Argentina inspired by her great passion for Israel, Zionism and Judaism. She loves community building and her personal and professional goal is to make a positive impact in the Jewish world. Working as a program coordinator for Destination Israel – MASA, every year she helps hundreds of young Jews from over 20 different countries to have a meaningful long term experience in Israel.
Wendy is an active member of the international community in the White City, volunteering with Tel Aviv Internationals and JNFuture. Before moving to Israel, Wendy studied for a BA in Political Science and was highly involved in the Jewish community working for the World Zionist Organization. In Israel, she has worked coordinating English programming at Tel Aviv University Hillel during her MASA journey and taught Zionism in the Machon L’Madrichei Chutz La'Aretz (The Institute of Youth Leaders from Abroad) for the Jewish Agency.
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RSJ Director - Michael Gonikman
Michael Gonikman has been the director of the WUJS Russian Speaking Jewry (RSJ) Department since it's founding in July 2016. Michael was born in Moscow, Russia and after making Aliyah, he become very active in many social activities for the Jewish community here in Israel. One of Michael's main projects will be leading our incredible WUJS Congress Russian expansion program for second year in a row. Michael graduated from a special course in Israeli Air Force Academy and joined the IDF during which he held a variety of positions.
Michael holds a BSc in Electronics Engineering and soon will begin his Masters degree. He is an alumnus of the European Union of Jewish Students UNHRC Seminar in Geneva and was part of the first cohort of the EUJS GENERATE program held in Brussels and Budapest. Michael is a long-time WUJS activist having now participated in four WUJS Congresses.
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