Too often potential activists in Student Groups, (Jewish Students’ societies being no exception), slip by the notice of the executive and their potential is wasted.
This is a monumental loss when their ideas, innovation, and leadership could completely change the future of your organisation. More often than not it’s that one first interaction they have with the organisation that will have implications on the extent of their future involvement. This is why personal engagement is an approach that leaders in any organisation should take if potential talent is on the line. This is, with regards to Jewish student societies, especially true of the inevitable Jewish students whose upbringing may have lacked Jewish education and therefore are, up until now, disconnected from the Jewish community and for whom the Jewish society could be pivotal with their reconnection to Judaism and the community.
The real question is how to utilise personal engagement in the context of a Jewish Student Union.
On the 8th of February 70 members of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) from across Australia and New Zealand congregated at the Beth Weisman Community Centre to commence the annual AUJS summer training programme for active members.
This year’s conference took the form of a four day camp and had attendees covering a large variety of roles in AUJS including campus executives, regional executives, and the national executive, as well as non-executive members aspiring to further their involvement in the Union. The attendees predominantly came from campuses in Melbourne and Sydney (AUJS’ two main membership cities) as well as from Perth, Auckland, and Wellington.
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