1) Speak for and represent the Jewish community of Leeds and its surrounding districts.
2) Foster and enhance unity and mutual cooperation of Jews living in Leeds and surrounding districts.
3) Safeguard and further the well-being and repute of Jews both in Leeds and its surrounding districts and throughout the world, irrespective of their political or religious affiliations.
Every member of the team plays a pivotal role in the success of the LJRC Council. They have 7 key players. Included in the team are 5 democratically elected Honorary Officers. Since March 2013:
Simon Jackson – President
Alan Dunwell – Senior Vice President
Abigail Levin – Vice President
Keith Ackerman – Treasurer
Jonathan Rose – Secretary
Michele Jackson – Part time Executive Officer
Susie Gordon – Full time Community Development Executive
16 Executive Members
45 Affiliated Members
137 Delegates (are representative of all affiliated organisations together with Presidents and Rabbonim of affiliated synagogues, Jewish MPs, councillors, judges, magistrates)
5 Main Aims
The umbrella is LJRCs core symbol with the 5 main aims which are represented by easily recognisable symbols to make a clear statement about LJRCs role and what they are here to do:
DEFENDING the community on a cultural and religious level is our 1st aim.
LJRCs role is seen by the media as being the first point of contact on cultural or religious issues and to give a response on behalf of the community and we work very closely with CST who do an incredible job protecting our community.
LJRC react to current issues affecting the community and lobby appropriately and respond to journalists in regards to immediate political events.
Created the new political lobbying proposal. It was agreed that the community at large should work together to provide a concerted approach to political activity on behalf of the community.
This would cover issues including but not limited to significant:
1) Reporting and defending Israel (particularly against the de-legitimisation);
2) Lobbying of MPs on issues such as Brit Milah and Shechita;
3) Dealing with local issues and in particular local MPs, MEPs and Councillors.
REPRESENTING Jewish Leeds (religiously, politically and educationally) is LJRCs 2nd aim and one of the main roles of the President of the LJRC who represents the community with one voice to the wider community.
The President attends many activities and prestigious events throughout the year as a figure head to represent our community.
The 3rd aim is to REACH OUT to non-Jewish Leeds which is an integral part of LJRCs role through interfaith projects and activities because having good relationships with other local communities breaks down barriers and serves mutual understanding and peaceful relations among members of diverse faiths.
1) Are the first point of contact especially for those outside community.
2) Work with other faiths to build bridges / inform / educate. This is seen as crucial towards the first step to combat anti-semitism
3) Provide speakers at interfaith events and assemblies
There are many interfaith activities taking place from within the community so LJRC have initiated the creation of a Leeds Jewish Interfaith Network
1) Provide a centre point for all interfaith activities
2) Maximise resources
3) Utilise/share skills and experiences
This subcommittee will support community members involved in mutual dialogue to build relationships between communities and educational interfaith activity.
The 4th aim is to DEVELOP the Leeds Jewish community through a variety of activities, initiatives, Leeds Jewish Future programme. This is an organic process because the initiatives are very much dependent on available resources (people and funding).
This is not something LJRC do on their own, several organisations are working homogenously as a community towards ensuring we continue to flourish which includes the building & opening of LJRCs first Jewish Free school (LJFS), the development of the youth campus with state of the art facilities, the maximising the use of the MAZ community Centre and the bakery at BHH synagogue to name just a few.
Susie Gordon was appointed in October 2010 to fill in the gaps of community provisions to widen the number of Jews in Yorkshire that want to be part of our community through the creation and implementation of the Leeds Jewish Future programme.
Starter Homes Project
A collaborative initiative with the Leeds Jewish Housing Association to create provisions for young adults struggling to get onto the property ladder and live in the heart of the Jewish community. On 4 July 2011 the starter homes project was realised.
Jobs Market Leeds
Attract young people to stay or move to Leeds through the promotion of job opportunities. A processes of useful networks has been set up to help:
1) A pool of professional recruitment advisors to help with the job application process (CV and interview technique)
2) A network with local businesses and offer to promote their vacancies for free
3) Promote through email, web, FB and Twitter
An exciting initiative with a careers advisor from Leeds University is in the pipeline. Discussions are taking place with Leeds and Partners, Leeds City Council, JSOC and local businesses to create a network in Leeds to encourage undergraduates and graduates to choose to stay in Leeds through internships / jobs/ placements available in Yorkshire
Jewish Women Mean Business (Female Business Network)
This group is the first Jewish female business network in the UK, based in Leeds, aiming to support women to…
• Network …introduce you to other like-minded women with all range of experiences
• Inspire …encourage the sharing of valuable experiences to help others reach their potential
• Empower …support the gaining of confidence and determination to succeed in your chosen career/business ventur
Community engagement is encouraged through volunteering and social action. Due to a volunteering fair, 56 volunteering roles were collated within our community organisations which are now promoted consistently on the Jewish Community website.
The 5th and final aim is to PROMOTE & SUPPORT delegates and the Leeds Jewish community regionally, nationally, internationally through a variety of activities.
These activities are mainly included within the Leeds Jewish Future programme.
To Contact LJRC:
Website - www.leedsjewishcommunity.com,
Facebook – www.facebook.com/leedsjewishcommunity
Twitter - @JewishLeeds
For any further informtion please contact the LJRC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 269 7520