AUJS Queensland on the way back

March 21, 2012 by Esther Oliver
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The Australasian Union of Jewish Students is being revitalised in Queensland.

Ursula Czuballa, Esther Oliver, David McNamee and Jamie Rother

The Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies has financially co-sponsored AUJS QLD for inclusion in Orientation Week at the University of Queensland bringing a gamut of clubs, activities, groups and interests for student consideration.

Leading the re-invigoration of AUJS Qld are David McNamee, Jamie Rother, and Ursula Czubala, who organised AUJS inclusion in this ‘Market Day’ event, handing  the Israel Pocket Facts Booklet, Bamba and Bissli, and other items, alongside every other group at UQ.

AUJS re-energized is good PR for Queensland Jewry, just over a year after the floods of Brisbane battered the inner city, suburbia and countryside.

Jamie Rother, acting treasurer, said: “Any positive PR we can generate, especially before the ugly and annual Anti-Israel Apartheid (sic) Week raises its ugly head again at Universities, is well worth the time and effort involved.”

The new AUJS Qld Committee is keen to expand with McNamee detailing the plan to advertise membership of AUJS to new Jewish and overseas/International Jewish students as well as at Qld Uni’s and TAFE colleges, with the aim to raise awareness of Jewish life on campus for all students. He said: ” If they reach their critical number mass target, they will be entitled to assistance in accordance with other Uni special interest groups.  We hope this will happen soon.”

AUJS Qld is now planning an AUJS Launch Party at the end of March, and a series of social Shabbat dinners with a difference, where local families with or without Uni/TAFE students, can open their homes to the newly-formed AUJS.

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