400 Jewish student members

6 affiliate campus clubs

130 events run in 2019

30 attendees at the Political Training Seminar

32 Winter and 42 Summer Conference attendees

60 attendees at the Millie Phillips Leadership Training Seminar

2019-20 ALLOCATION $194,000

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) provides an important bridge from Jewish life in high school to adulthood. By empowering and developing the next generation of Jewish leaders, and giving students meaningful and fun opportunities to connect, AUJS enriches the Jewish life of young people in the community. With a range of events on campus and off campus, AUJS engages with the Jewish student community across Australia and New Zealand.

AUJS is the representative body for Jewish university students and provides a sense of belonging on campus. It facilitates programs to engage, enrich and develop their Jewish identity.

Time spent at university is incredibly formative. For young adults and future leaders of the community, AUJS offers social, political and leadership initiatives to develop their personal and professional networks and skills.

Your support for AUJS has a direct impact, helping the organization provide institutional support for students to lead Jewish life on their campuses. Whether they hold events, source inspirational guest speakers, or coordinate educational and cultural programming, AUJS gives student leaders the tools to make Jewish identity a vibrant and meaningful part of student life. It also ensures that subsidies are available to participants who may otherwise not be able to attend.

AUJS’ programming ranges from political, social, and educational. Its Leadership and Development Program sends emerging leaders to Israel, the US, and further in the diaspora, to learn about our community in the world. The Political Training Seminar provides unparalleled access to our nation’s leaders in Parliament House. The Millie Phillips Leadership Training Summit gives new volunteers training on advocacy, event planning, and community leadership.  AUJS’ annual Ball and Purim party are highlights on the social calendar among other on and off campus events.

Throughout the year, AUJS leaders also provide services and support to Jewish students throughout Australasia. AUJS leads the response to growing antisemitism on campus, providing support for students and pushing back forcefully against prejudice and discrimination. AUJS’ sophisticated political advocacy on campus, through lobbying campus leaders, countering antisemitic narratives, and making a full-throated case for Israel and the Jewish community, helps create an environment where antisemitism is not tolerated on campus. AUJS helps Jewish students feel safe, supported, and strong at university.

Hundreds of Jewish university students and alumni across NSW and the ACT.

Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS)

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has represented Jewish students on campus across Australia and New Zealand since 1948. Student clubs are registered at over 20 university campuses. Each year we organise engaging social and political events both on and off campus, run a number of international programs to Israel and around the world, and provide Jewish students with useful educational resources.

Founding Year


Joined JCA

AUJS is not a member organisation of JCA. It receives funding support for cultural and educational activities developed in collaboration with Shalom, a member of JCA since 1967.


Board Chairperson

Gary Samowitz


Joshua Kirsh


Nurit Feldman


Shalom’s mission is to increase the vibrancy and engagement of the Sydney Jewish community by fostering Jewish life and learning in an inclusive way.

Shalom enables people to enrich their life, culture, education and professional endeavours through Jewish activity. They engage people of different ages and backgrounds through a variety of targeted programs and special events. Focussing on people living in Sydney, they build connection and community. Shalom is about possibilities and opportunities, challenging and inspiring individuals.

Founding Year

1954 (Hillel Foundation of NSW)

Joined JCA



Hannah Challis


Tamara Samuel