Exec's Summary: February 2013

It has been a particularly active start to 2013 at the JLC. Preparation for our annual meeting with the Prime Minister is always a valuable process, as it focuses our team on direct engagement with the core priorities of our constituent members. A similar process takes place inside Government whereby departments whose work impacts our community are asked by the Prime Minister's office to prepare internal briefings on the key issues. As Vivian Wineman notes below, the preparatory work ensures that maximum value is gleaned from these meetings.

The January meeting of our Council of Members reflected the range of issues currently on our agenda. After a discussion with Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP we approved the establishment of a Commission on Youth Provision. This will be carried out in partnership with UJIA. We agreed to take a lead in delivering a central communal celebration of the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel. The meeting also reviewed and commented on plans for the new JLC Senior Leadership Programme to be delivered by the team in our Lead Division.

At the time of writing we have just heard that the overwhelming number of submissions to the Department for Education from Jewish schools in relation to teaching of modern languages appears to have had no impact on the decision to proceed with plans that may have major implications for the teaching of Hebrew (modern and biblical). The team in our PaJeS Division will continue to work in partnership with the Board of Deputies on this issue. You will be able to keep up to date with this and other school related developments on our new PaJeS website, www.pajes.org.uk.