New era for Jewish students
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2012-12-27
The Union of Jewish Students is to move its headquarters from Camden to the new Jewish Community Centre (JW3) in Finchley Road, north west London which opens in September 2013.
The national student organisation will take a floor in the new JW3 when it opens in the summer and will share its many facilities including cinema, resource centre and cafe.
"JW3 offers outstanding facilities for programmes and activities which will enhance the experience of students studying in London and will act as a venue of choice for UJS national events," said UJS president Alex Green.
According to outgoing UJS Hillel chief executive, Daniel Marcus, the move comes following a Jewish student survey into how best to serve the student community. "This move to JW3 is part of our strategy to maximise communal resources to benefit Jewish students," he said.
Nick Viner, chief executive of JW3 is looking forward to welcoming his student tenants. "This is great news for both organisations. We're delighted to be sharing our space with UJS, an organisation which shares our commitment to inclusivity and to building Jewish life. There's huge scope for synergy between us. JW3 is perfectly located for Jewish students attending London's main institutions of higher- education, we have a resource centre, a kosher restaurant, a bar, a café and a cinema. It will be a fabulous centre for Jewish students."
Until the JW3 building is ready, UJS will move to temporary facilities at Jewish Care in Golders Green and will also be the base for recruiting a new executive director of the organisation to replace outgoing chief executive Daniel Marcus.
"We thank Daniel for his outstanding contribution to Jewish student life and wish him every success in his future endeavours," Green added. "We look forward to welcoming a new executive director to start work with UJS when we reside in the JW3."