Looking back on December and January
I apologize for being out of touch. January and now, sadly, also February have been painful and challenging months for the Jewish community. We continue to hold Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Dan Uzan in our prayers and hearts - And it is in their memory and for the sake of our futures in Europe that Jewish students across Europe have been at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism. Please visit our website and like our Facebook page to stay up to date with these actions and unfolding developments.
In this newsletter, we hope to bring you up to speed on what happened at EUJS in December and January. A newsletter on February, and then also March, will follow soon.
70 Years Liberation of Auschwitz: EUJS and EJC organize "United Minute of Silence"
Across Europe, January 27th, 2015 On January 27th, EUJS hosted the "United Minute of Silence", in partnership with the European Jewish Congress.
EUJS gathered young people in different crucial sites in order to have a unified moment of reflection in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the International Holocaust Rememberance Day. Students were in Prague, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, and the Council of Europe, where we organized tours of the concentration camps, speeches, and commemoration ceremonies. Jonathan, our Executive Director, and Jane, our President, were at the "Let My People Live" Forum in Prague, Czech Republic; A conference with three panels, comprised of representatives from government, media and world civil society, which discussed how to oppose the rise of anti-Semitism, racism and extremism from a political, legal and public perspective. You can view pictures from the European Parliament ceremony on our Facebook album here.
EUJS Speaks at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
Strasbourg, France, January 26th, 2015
January 26th’s Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe saw Jane Braden-Golay, current EUJS president, addressing parliamentarians from 47 countries on the importance of Holocaust commemoration.
You can watch her speech here.
EUJS President addresses American audiences about growing anti-Semitism in Europe
New York, New York, January 20th - 24th, 2015
EUJS President Jane Braden-Golay was invited by US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to attend the first UN General Assembly Meeting on Anti-Semitism, and to address ambassadors and members of congress at Amb. Power's private residence about her experience as a young Jew amidst growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Generously supported by the American Jewish Committee, Jane was able to accept the invitation and also spoke at events organized by AJC Westchester and AJC Long Island. You can read the article about her speech here and watch her presentation, together with AJC Director David Harris, here.
Here are some of the tweets Jane posted as the General Assembly was going on:
EUJS joins UEJF for the Paris March in the Wake of Terror at Charlie Hebdo and HyperCacher
Paris, January 11th, 2015
In solidarity with the French people and the French Jewish community, EUJS joined its member organization UEJF in Paris for the march that drew unprecedented amounts of people to the streets.
Listen here to French EUJS vice president Nethanel Cohen-Solal's interview about the situation in France.
World Union of Jewish Students Congress
Ein Tzurim, Israel, December 28th – 31st
The World Union of Jewish Students celebrated its 90 year anniversary this past December!
Over 100 Jewish students leaders from over 25 countries attended the congress, which focused on: Union Development, Jewish and Israel Campaigns, Israel-Diaspora Relations and Jewish Students in a Changing World. Furthermore, EUJS President, Jane Braden-Golay was awarded the first WUJS Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Student Life.
You can read the post-congress report here.
Yad Vashem Seminar: Holocaust Education for WUJS and EUJS Activists
Jerusalem, Israel, December 21st - December 26th
Twenty students traveled to Jerusalem for a five day conference on the Holocaust and Holocaust education this December at the International School of Holocaust Studies, in Yad Vashem. They were introduced to a a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on the human being, and not only the historical process of the Holocaust. Some of the lectures that were held:
- "The Challenges of Holocaust Memory Transmission in Multicultural Societies"
- "The Nazi Ideology: A continuing antisemitic tradition or a new phenomenon?"
- "Learning about the pre-war Jewish life in Europe, Visit to the ‘Valley of the Communities"
- "Jewish Leadership in the Holocaust Era – complexity and dilemmas"
The students also later focused on the current rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and evaluated what the next steps were regarding peer education of the Holocaust.
The seminar was generously supported by the Adelson Family Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Summer U: We're Looking For Staff!
You’ve packed your swimsuit, updated your Facebook and you’ve booked your flight….and someone’s paid for you!
Like What We're About?
Do you love the spirit of the young Jewish community in Europe and want to help shape it?
Are you social, ready for a week of fun and helping friends make friends?
Well, you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join our team and make one of the largest summer youth Jewish events in the world happen. Your travel and stay will be covered by us!
What Are We Looking For?
Motivated, dedicated, reliable and fun Jewish students or young professionals who work well in a team and are able to commit to attending Summer U and the days before. Willing to dedicate several hours per week from June to August to ensure a fantastic Summer U.
Logistics: You’ve got the clipboard. You’re responsible for making sure the whole event runs smoothly, things are delivered, things arrive, nothing is ever out of place!
Communications / Public Relations: Are you a photographer? Do you know all about Instagram and Facebook? Keep our posts hot and live, take great pictures, and make the memories last! Knowledge of: Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Adobe Lightroom, Impeccable Organizational Skills, Dropbox (cloud sharing).
Participant Relations / Social Events: Have you got “it”? Know how to have a good time? Get people pumped up. Organize games and workshops with participants, have all the fun activities around you and always have the crowd around you for a l’chaim.
Program Coordination: You’ll be in charge of finding amazing speakers on incredible topics that make Summer U so unique and the best holiday we are so proud to offer. Background in religious studies, psychology, or political science appreciated.
Sponsorships: Getting us that extra bottle of Arak! Help us find sponsors, build relationships with current sponsors, get EUJS’s name out there! Background in marketing and business appreciated, interest in the field also appreciated.