THE Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has been named the best Jewish student union in the world.
AUJS scooped the title of Union of the Year at the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Congress awards ceremony held at Kibbutz Tzuba near Jerusalem last week.
The prestigious accolade is presented to the union deemed the most active and innovative during the past 12 months.
WUJS projects director and incoming chairperson Yosef Tarshish told The AJN that AUJS was selected over all the other Jewish student unions, “because we have been so impressed by their work this past year.
“AUJS’ campaigns have been excellent, attendance at events and conferences has increased, participation on trips has improved. We felt that AUJS has been consistently the best performing union.”
Dean Sherr, who chaired AUJS during 2015, said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised for a year of significant growth and achievement for the Jewish student movement in Australia and New Zealand, especially to be recognised ahead of so many wonderful Jewish student unions around the world.
“2015 has been a highly successful year for AUJS with growth across our membership and engagement on and off campus; and increased attendances across all of our national conferences and many regional events.”
The award was accepted by incoming AUJS chair Michael Fisher, who served as the union’s national treasurer last year.
Fisher is currently part of a delegation of 14 AUJS leaders from Australia and New Zealand on the annual AUJS Leadership Development Program (LDP).
The LDP group participated in the WUJS Congress as part of the Israel component of its trip, having already visited Washington DC and New York. The group will soon conclude the trip by visiting Jewish communities in Mumbai and Cochin, India.
The delegation includes incoming AUJS presidents in NSW, Victoria, WA and New Zealand, who represented AUJS as well as their broader communities at the WUJS Congress.
WUJS comprises more than 40 Jewish student unions and organisations across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
Other active unions include the Union of Jewish Students of the UK and Ireland, the South African Union of Jewish Students, the National Union of Israeli Students, and several member unions of the European Union of Jewish Students.