|The European Union of Jewish Students newsletter|
EUJS this November
This fall, our energies are focused on winning partners in the fight against anti-Semitism in Europe – And also being partners to others in their struggles against discrimination and prejudice.
The foundation was laid over a month ago at the first “Jewish Youth European Summit” in Naples, organized together with the Italian Union of Jewish Students (UGEI). During the summit, participants exchanged their experiences with anti-Semitism over the summer, and began to work out a set of recommendations to policy makers. These will be voiced by a delegation of Jewish student leaders at the upcoming OSCE Conference on Antisemitism in Berlin from November 12th-13th. It is an honor that EUJS was invited to join the steering committee for this important event, and that so many young people will be able to voice their views and ideas directly to the highest levels of policy making.
Next, Jewish, Armenian and Roma participants of our “Negotiating Identities” seminar, which just took place in Georgia in partnership with the Armenian General Benevolent Union and European Roma Grassroots Organisation, decided to launch a network for joint advocacy and commemoration. Recognizing a shared desire to prevent future genocide, tackle discrimination and benefit from each other’s experiences, EUJS will be coordinating the efforts of this network over the next coming months. We look forward to this meaningful work.
Furthermore, EUJS is actively engaged in addressing hate on the internet. I was proud to present Jewish student campaigns tackling hate online at the annual International Network against Cyber Hate conference, and to contribute to the planning of the upcoming European Action Day against Fascism and Antisemitism of the No Hate Speech Movement, which will take place on November 9th.
Finally, the new EUJS Executive Director Jonathan Keyson has begun his work at EUJS, and I am very enthusiastic about what he will bring to the organization. Having revived the Dutch Union of Jewish Students (IJAR), Jonathan has experience, drive and commitment to all aspects of Jewish student life, and I am sure you will see the impact of his work very soon!
I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of your newsletter, which contains several exciting seminar and internship opportunities.