Changes at AUJS

September 14, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has elected Andrew Goldberg its new national President and Executive.

Changeover time  Daniel Nash and Andrew Goldberg

Goldberg, current AUJS NSW President, will take the reins from January 1 and succeeds President Daniel Nash from Melbourne. “I am very excited to be taking on this position. I am proud to be a part of an organisation that has done a lot of good work, both on and off campus, over the past few years.” said Goldberg following rthe AGM in Melbourne. “I look forward to AUJS further connecting Jewish students to each other and to student life, and boosting our advocacy efforts on behalf of Israel,” he said.

Goldberg is looking to emphasise Israel advocacy, engage AUJS’s three hundred annual Israel programs participants with AUJS activities and find new ways to make AUJS appeal to disengaged Jewish students. “Andrew has been extremely dedicated this year, and his hard work will hold him in very good stead for his year as President,” said Nash. “He has an impressive vision for AUJS and for fulfilling our platform to better engage Jewish students with Israel and the Jewish community. He will do an outstanding job, and I wish him well,” said the outgoing President. Goldberg is the first national President based in Sydney since Jessica Roth in 2008.

Yossi Reicher, current AUJS Victoria President, has been elected as national Vice President. “It is a promising sign that the state AUJS Presidents of Australia’s two largest Jewish communities will lead AUJS into 2013,” said Nash. “We anticipate that their election will bring great results for encouraging strong AUJS leadership in Sydney, Melbourne and across Australasia,” he said.

Each office bearer was called on to provide a report at the AGM. AUJS on campus has had a very successful year, with seven campaigns, five conferences, and dozens of on campus events every month. The AGM was launched with a cocktail function attended by Dr Danny Lamm, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry; Philip Chester, President of the Zionist Federation of Australia; Nina Bassat AM, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria; Sam Tatarka, President of the Zionist Council of Victoria; and Kelly O’Dwyer MP, federal Member for Higgins. Lamm, Chester and O’Dwyer addressed the AGM. “AGM was an exciting opportunity for AUJS’s student leadership to reflect on where the organisation is headed and the role we play in Australian Jewish life,” said Nash. “It was a privilege to have our community leaders take an interest in AUJS’s activities and attend our AGM. Our Executive members were thrilled with the opportunity to meet four longstanding, inspiring community leaders and a respected parliamentarian.”

The Meeting included an inaugural vote on Honorary Life Membership, with the award bestowed upon founding AUJS President and former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Dr Joachim Schneeweiss AM.


One Response to “Changes at AUJS”
  1. Michael says:

    Thats great can I suggest AUJS start a Israel advocacy group based at our Universities. The Palestinian/ Arab/Muslim activists have the Universities to them selves with no competition.

    We have been lead to believe the academics at our largest Jewish Study Department in Australia at Monash believe it is not their job to advocate for Israel.

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