The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) today welcomes two new organisations to its Council of Membership. Langdon and Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA) were both unanimously admitted as members at the meeting of the JLC Council on 13th July 2015. The new additions further strengthen the JLC’s membership in the social care sector.
JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson has, with the support of the Trustees and Council, been seeking to expand the JLC’s membership in the social care sector, to strengthen the JLC’s representative role in line with its stated objective to put social and health care at the heart of the JLC’s strategic objectives.
Jewish Women’s Aid
JWA will be represented on the Council of Membership by its Joint Chair, Hilda Worth.
Jewish Women’s Aid is the only cross-communal women’s organisation working specifically with Jewish women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. One in four women are victims of domestic abuse at some time in their lives, according to national statistics, and in 2011 Jewish Women’s Aid commissioned a research project that confirmed that the Jewish Community is no different.
JWA’s clients reflect a complete cross section of the community, and those benefiting from its services proportionally represent the make-up of the community.
JWA offers fully kosher refuge provision and its client support service provides emotional and practical support. They have a telephone help line and both face to face and telephone counselling services, a dedicated children’s worker, and its education programme last year reached 3000 Jewish children. JWA recognises that domestic abuse is also an issue for men and now points them to organisations, which can provide help.
Langdon will be represented on the Council of Membership by its Chairman, Jonathan Joseph.
Langdon is a leading Jewish charity that empowers over 90 Jewish young adults to live independently in their communities, within a Jewish ethos. It operates in Manchester and in North London, helping its members to take greater responsibility for their lives through the provision of housing, education, employment and social support. For Langdon members, the ordinary is extraordinary.
Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the JLC commented:
I am delighted that the Council unanimously agreed to welcome Langdon and Jewish Women’s Aid to the membership of the JLC. We have added four new members in 2014 and now two in 2015. This brings the total number of members of the JLC to 31. We are delivering on our commitment to be more representative of the community’s institutions.
Jonathan Joseph, Chair of Langdon, commented:
The Jewish Leadership Council has a vital role to encourage greater cooperation and support across the Jewish community, and ensuring a collective response to the many challenges we face today. I’m delighted that Langdon is now a member of the JLC, and we are looking forward to playing our full part in the important work of the Council.
Hilda Worth, Joint Chair of JWA, commented:
Jewish Women’s Aid are delighted to join the JLC. We are looking forward to working with the other member organisations. Our association with the JLC gives serious recognition to the issue of domestic abuse within the Jewish Community. We hope to become part of a successful collaboration working on the social health and welfare needs of the community.
For further information, please contact Simon Johnson, Chief Executive, on 0207 042 8681.
Notes to Editors:
Council Representative: Hilda Worth, Joint Chair
I have been involved in Jewish Communal affairs for most of my life. Growing up in Nottingham in a socially involved family, I became active in the local chapter of BBYO. At 16, I attended the B’nai B’rith Leadership training course in America and following this, I became National Vice President.
I married my husband Marc and we had four children together while living in Nottingham. I taught Speech and Drama at a local school and continued my communal involvement when I established a ‘young’ Wizo group.
We moved to London 16 years ago where I continued to teach and started to volunteer for Norwood, working in Binoh, with children with special needs. As my own family grew up I looked for new challenges and was introduced to Jewish Women’s Aid. Domestic abuse was a matter that resonated with me. I felt that there was a need to raise awareness that this was an issue, which was not addressed in the community. I started volunteering for JWA’s education programme; from there I became more involved, becoming Campaign Chair and trustee and last September, Co-Chair of the board.
I have always been quite politically active and a committed Zionist, the combination of which resulted in joining the board of CFI and after several years’ involvement and many trips to Israel was appointed Deputy Chair in 2012.
I have also recently completed a Masters at Southampton University, in Modern Jewish History, and have just been accepted to do a PhD. My thesis topic will discuss how inter-personal relations affect the Anglo-Israeli dialogue in the political arena.
I am also a magistrate and sit on both the Adult and Family bench.
Council Representative: Jonathan Joseph, Chairman
He has been the driving force behind the creation of a number of landmark urban development and regeneration projects, including major schemes in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, which he has successfully led.
His involvement in communal leadership is extensive. He served as a Council Member of World Jewish Relief for 11 years and its Chairman for four years. Jonathan was President of the European Council of Jewish Communities for six years, and has been a trustee of JW3.
He has also served as a governor of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools in Elstree for five years. Jonathan is married to Carole, a real estate solicitor, and they have three children.