THE Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) won three awards – including Union Leader of the Year for 2020 president Joshua Kirsh – at the recent World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Congress.
AUJS Queensland won Developing Jewish Student Association of the Year, while Monash Jewish Students Society (MonJSS) was named Local Jewish Student Association (JSA) of the Year.
Kirsh, who won Political Activist of the Year in 2019, told The AJN he was humbled to have been chosen. “There are some really talented people who have been presidents of unions all around the world this year and it was definitely a privilege to be nominated alongside those people,” he said.
Commenting on the awards trifecta, he paid tribute to the “incredible staff here at AUJS” for putting their time and energy towards “creating incredible opportunities for Jewish students”.
“And I was very fortunate to have an executive team at the union level as well as volunteers across Australasia who were committed and dedicated, who put an enormous amount of time and energy into making AUJS what it was in 2020,” he said.
AUJS Queensland 2020 president Carly Rosenberg said the year had seen a lot of growth. “It’s a privilege to have that recognised by WUJS and we look forward to delivering even more for Jewish students in 2021.”
MonJSS 2020 president Isabel Gelb said, “Our executive were all thrilled to receive the local JSA award.
“It reminded us how important MonJSS’ continued presence is for Jewish students.”
AUJS 2021 president Gabrielle Agosin said winning the three awards “shows that we’re relevant both in Australia and internationally”.
With a new university year beginning next month, she added, “We’re very excited to have as many people [as possible] join AUJS and start the new 2021.”