About Us

Learn more about SAUJS!

The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) is a non-profit organisation that caters to the needs of Jewish students in South Africa across the different University campuses.

​Our projects are aimed at keeping Jewish students active and involved in both South African and Jewish affairs. Our mission is to develop and strengthen Jewish identity on University campuses across South Africa. We achieve this by providing meaningful Jewish experiences thereby strengthening and enhancing Jewish student life.
 
SAUJS provides a wide variety of social, community, religious, political, cultural and educational events and activities based on three defining pillars:

Judaism: ​As the only official representation of Jewish students in South Africa, SAUJS seeks to provide opportunities for Jewish students to express their Jewish identity and heritage. Our events encourage the connection of individual Jewish students to others and allow for Jewish youth to freely engage with Jewish culture and religion.

Zionism: SAUJS subscribes to the Zionist ideals as per the Jerusalem Program. SAUJS seeks to promote a positive image of Israel on campus, to encourage truth in student political dialogue and to educate the wider student population about Judaism and Israel.

South Africa: As South African students, we are passionate about our identity and responsibilities. We aim to work towards a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist South Africa and we encourage & foster dialogue between all people in South Africa.

OUR CAMPUSES

University of Witswatersand

Wits is one of the traditional homes of South African Jewish students. There is a strong tradition of Jewish activism on the campus and Wits is considered the country’s premier political campus. Therefore it is not surprising at all that there have been Jewish and Zionist societies on campus as long ago as 1926, a mere four years after the university was founded.

University of Johannesburg

We like to say that we put the UJ in SAUJS. Indeed this is the case with the dedicated team that runs the campus. UJ specialises in a number of events that contributes to the well being of Jewish students. These include regular braai’s and shiurim as well as hosting speakers on topical Jewish and South African issues. We make sure that there is kosher food on campus and help to move exams where needed.

University of Cape Town

With the mountain behind us and the ocean as our view you could say that SAUJS WC is a truly inspiring branch that continually keeps you motivated. We host a variety of rivoting speakers, have regular social events and shabbat dinners for Jewish students to have the opportunity to mingle and be involved in activism on campus. We also work with other societies on campus whether this is on a social level,outreach projects or on social action and an event to look forward to is our massive Yom Hatzma’ut party.

University of Pretoria

SAUJS at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) was re-founded in 2015 after a long hiatus. A number of Jewish students were motivated to rebuild SAUJS due to the lack of Jewish unity on campus, problems with tests on Shabbat and no structural support for Jewish students on campus.

University of Stellenbosch

Nestled between the Boland mountians in the winelands, this historical oak-lined university town is found. On this unique campus, SAUJS tries to create a place for Jewish students. Addressing student’s needs on campus, especially regarding academics; building relationships to foster understanding and having fun.

UNISA

With the mountain behind us and the ocean as our view you could say that SAUJS WC is a truly inspiring branch that continually keeps you motivated. We host a variety of rivoting speakers, have regular social events and shabbat dinners for Jewish students to have the opportunity to mingle and be involved in activism on campus. We also work with other societies on campus whether this is on a social level,outreach projects or on social action and an event to look forward to is our massive Yom Hatzma’ut party.

IIE

SAUJS IIE is the Independent Institute of Education representing both Vega and Varsity College. For the first time in years, due the growth of the Jewish Student body at all IIE campuses, SAUJS IIE was created in 2021. Our aim is to motivate and unite all our Jewish creative business minds, educators and more. Not only will SAUJS make sure you feel welcome and comfortable in your new home, but also host fantastic events, talks with Jewish entrepreneurs and so much more!