The Jewish Leadership Council is working to establish a Community Chest fund.
A new concept for the UK Jewish community, this fund will support core central services that benefit to the whole community but currently have no secure funding base of their own. It will focus upon those central capabilities that are essential to ensure the long term sustainability of UK Jewry.
Examples of such provision include central education strategy; leadership development; research provision; central institutions and smaller regional communities. A recent Board of Deputies report pointed out that it is difficult to raise funds for work like this, which underpins UK Jewish life in ways that are not immediately obvious or apparent, but which would be sorely missed if it were not there.
Another innovative feature of this initiative is the way in which we intend to operate the Chest in full partnership with key donors and foundations. The Chest will be overseen by an allocations board in which the donor community will be invited to play a full and active role.
We are currently fundraising for the Community Chest. Over time, it will enable donors and communal leaders to work together to shape future strategic priorities.
Updates about the Community Chest fund:
We continue to coordinate communal efforts to press the Liberal Democrats on the antisemitic remarks of David Ward MP. Lord Ahmed’s comments blaming his own criminal activities on a Jewish conspiracy are of similar concern. We applaud the Labour Party for taking swift action but it is difficult to reconcile his continuing membership of the …
One of the core JLC priorities for 2012 is our plans to establish a “Community Chest Fund“. A new concept for the UK Jewish community, this fund will support core central services that benefit to the whole community but currently have no secure funding base of their own. We will focus upon those central capabilities …