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In re­sponse to Gavin Gross’s chal­lenge, “where is the pos­i­tive, proac­tive strat­egy for telling Is­rael’s au­then­tic story on cam­pus?” ( Let­ters, Septem­ber 12), I am de­lighted to in­form him about the Union of Jewish Stu­dents’ plans for the ap­proach­ing aca­demic year.

First, in part­ner­ship with UJS, Jewish so­ci­eties will be run­ning Is­rael- and Ju­daism Aware­ness Weeks across the UK and Ire­land. The Aware­ness Weeks will, like last year’s “I-fest” in Ox­ford, en­able thou­sands of non-Jewish stu­dents to touch, taste, hear and see Is­rael through a range of in­ter­ac­tive me­dia in city cen­tres. Sec­ond, UJS will be pi­lot­ing an ad­vanced cam­pus lead­er­ship pro­gramme to train our com- mu­nity’s fu­ture leaders. And lastly, UJS will be co­or­di­nat­ing a Sderot aware­ness cam­paign on many cam­puses.

Th­ese are just a few ex­am­ples of UJS’s many ini­tia­tives which form part of our mis­sion state­ment “to in­spire ev­ery Jewish stu­dent to en­gage in mean­ing­ful Jewish cam­pus ex­pe­ri­ences and make an en­dur­ing com­mit­ment to their Jewish iden­tity, Is­rael and the com­mu­nity”.

Con­trary to Gavin Gross’s mis­con­cep­tion, par­ents should send their chil­dren to uni­ver­sity with their heads held high, con­fi­dent in the fact that out­stand­ing, pos­i­tive Jewish ex­pe­ri­ences await them. Adam Pike, Chair, UJS adam.p@ujs.org.uk

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