In the year 1999, a group
of students with common beliefs, concerns, and interests came together
to form the University of Windsor Jewish Students Association. They came
together with the belief that there was a need to organize the various
Jewish students into a more cohesive and coherent group in order to foster
opinions, discussions, and activities that would serve all like-minded
individuals. The organization is concerned with exploring the moral and
political issues of the day that are of importance to both Canadians and
Jews alike. Further, it is to promote activities and contactsboth
in Windsor and abroadto better understand Jewish concerns in the
local and national communities. This organization is to serve the needs
of Jewish students at the University of Windsor and is not concerned exclusively
with Jewish issues but with issues that relate to all Canadian university
students. Thus, with a view that the Jewish Students Association needed
to formalize the various administrative aspects of its organization, the
following constitution was set down in writing in the year 2000.
It is an exciting time for the Jewish Students
Association. This semester, we are hosting many social events, including
our annual wine and chees shmooze, Shabbat dinners, and monthly lunch-'n-learns.
Our lunch-'n-learns not only feature kosher food,
but enlightening and entertaining speakers as well. This year we will
be inviting faculty from the University and members of the local community
to discuss topics concerning contemporary Judaism. The food is always
free and everybody is encouraged and welcome to attend. Last year, our
lunch-'n-learns were very successful and we hope to make them more popular
This year we will also have trips to Ann Arbor
for Shabbatons and to the Holocaust Museum in West Bloomfield to commemorat
Yom HaShoah. Perhaps we can also participate in the local community's
Yom HaShoah events, as we strive to develop a deeper relationship with
Windsor's Jewish community.
Our Social Committee is also planning many off-campus
activities, including a trip to Yuk Yuk's, movie nights, pool tournaments,
our ever-popular Rambo Paint-Ball and many more social events that Jewish
mothers would love to have their university-bound children attend.
Watch for our new Web site, too. It will feature
a monthly calendar highlighting all of our upcoming events and Jewish
holidays, links to other Jewish-related web-sites, online registration,
and an "Ask Bubbi" advice column that will be updated every couple of
weeks. Our beautiful Bubbi promises to answer every letter and discuss
everythingand she means everything (oy!).
This year we will launch our new Advocacy Committee,
which will work with and on behalf of Jewish students at the University.
Administered by law students, the Committee will investigate complaints
and raise awareness within the University community. The Committee's mandate
is to promote an educational environment free from discrimination and
harassment, and to ensure that the University's Human Rights Policy is
upheld. Our members represent almost every faculty at the University.
Friendships forged through the JSA can last a
lifetime. We hope that this year's social activities, coupled with the
Association's commitment to the promotion of Jewish culture, will ensure
that Jewish students at the University have a memorable and dynamic experience.