In the past year the JLC has gone through a period of transformation, two new roles in the JLC headquarters have been created and another three members of staff have joined. The JLC has recently elected a new Board of Trustees and are delighted that Camp Simcha and University Jewish Chaplaincy have recently joined the JLC Council of Members.
I joined the JLC eight months ago during this transformation period in which Simon Johnson was appointed interim Chief Executive and we are thrilled that he has now taken this role on full time. Since taking up the role, Simon has produced a set of strategic objectives, pinpointing the eight main focuses of the JLC. We are now undergoing a programme of streamlining the JLC’s work through focusing on these objectives under Simon’s leadership.
Three months ago, Helen Myer, Head of Operations was given the fantastic opportunity to be seconded to the Holocaust Commission for a year, leaving another empty space in the JLC office. By pulling our resources together we have managed to cover this position and gain a better understanding of the role each person has in the workplace whilst awaiting Helen’s return.
Last week we saw Gabi Kobrin our Public Affairs Manager leave to start a new life in Israel but we welcome Jay Stoll with open arms and look forward to his input into the team. We also welcome back Claudia Mendoza, Head of Policy and Research, and thank Yoni Zlotogorski who will be returning to Israel.
The JLC team is strong and filled with enthusiasm; it is a pleasure working in an innovative and dynamic environment. With change comes new opportunities and we all know the JLC will continue to achieve the same level of success as the previous JLC team did whilst grasping these new opportunities. I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of the rest of the JLC to wish Gabi Kobrin and Yoni Zlotogorski much luck and success in the future.