The World Union of Jewish Students has held its annual General Assembly on January 1st 2014 in Jerusalem. Following the co option of Chaya Pomeranz in May, this GA was set as an election assembly with Unions from around the world sending delegations or proxy letters.
Two candidates were running for the position of Chairperson: Chaya Pomeranz (Israel) and Andi Gergely (Hungary). Andi Gergely won the election with a majority of votes and thus will serve as WUJS Chairperson until January 2016.
Previously, Andi Gergely served as President of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) between 2011-2013 and ran numerous international project and campaigns during her mandate. Andi is a member of the Executive Board of the World Jewish Congress, representing young adults.
Immediately following her election Andi thanked Chaya Pomeranz for her dedication and work for WUJS, covering the position of Chairperson in the interim period, and wished her success in all her future endeavours.
In her campaign Andi pledged to work towards improving the long-term financial situation of WUJS while increasing the relevant programming for Jewish students in the the Diaspora and Israel. During her mandate, Andi has pledged to work for bringing an increasingly powerful global Jewish student voice to international organisations such as the UNESCO, theWorld Zionist Organisation, World Jewish Congress and others. Priorities set for Andi’s mandate will have WUJS increasing its fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia and the academic boycott of Israel in universities worldwide. The Global Campus Initiative (GCI) will be at the forefront of Andi’s mandate to further empower Jewish students on campus.
The full agenda of the General Assembly 2014 will be available shortly.
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