The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region (JRC) is the lay body representing the Jewish Communities from Blackpool to Stoke. It works daily to defend, protect and promote the best interests of our communities. The JRC promotes harmonious community relations with all sectors and communities, to help support Jewish Education, Heritage, Culture and communities to work for the benefit of society in general.
In short, the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region, unifies and protects the Jewish Community by:
- Community Cohesion
- Interfaith Collaboration
- Business Networking
- Annual Year Book
- Political Lobbying
- Diplomacy and Advocacy
- Holocaust Commemoration
The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region has a long and distinguished record of service working to secure the welfare of the community and its future development.
The membership of the Council comprises:
Representatives (all of whom are elected annually) of the religious, social, cultural, educational, welfare, charitable and faith organisations that collectively comprise our community, and
All members of The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish magistrates, councillors, Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament who live in or serve the Greater Manchester and Region are eligible to become members of the Council.
The Honorary Officers (President, two Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and two Honorary Secretaries) and the Executive Committee are elected annually. The Council lusually meets in open session on the first Sunday of each calendar month, except August, is the forum in which communal concerns of every kind can be publicly debated and, if thought fit, acted upon.
Members of the community may attend but may not take part in the proceedings unless specifically invited to do so. Only Council members are entitled to vote on the issues debated. The Council provides a mechanism to foster co-operation, co-ordination, collaboration and joint action between all the organisations in the community, and has also established a number of committees that undertake a variety of work. A key priority for the Council has been to encourage the development of a growing range of services, particularly to meet both the formal and informal educational needs of young people.
The JRC has always campaigned in support of other Jewish communities in need, distress or danger and maintains many strong links with Israel and, in recent years, we have been seriously concerned how events there have been reported in the British media.
At a national level, the Council has a well-established and close working relationship with both The Board of Deputies of British Jews and The Representative Councils Northern Forum. A comparatively recent innovation has been the participation of our President in the (national) Jewish Leadership Council (the JLC). An example of our recent collaboration would be the issue of Shechita lobbying.
We work closely with local authorities, local education authorities (members of the JRC serve on SACRE committees ensuring that Judaism receives a significant place in State School Syllabuses), the Greater Manchester Police (members serve on various IAGs (Independent Advisory Groups), hospital trusts and other bodies to secure the needs, interests and concerns of members of the community.
The Council has a longstanding and well-established tradition of facilitating and fostering the development of harmonious relations with other faith communities, working closely with the Manchester branches of the Council of Christians & Jews, the Hindu-Jewish Association, the Muslim-Jewish Forum and other groups, as well as through other less formal contacts.
The Council works to enhance and promote the development of health, welfare, cultural, educaitonal and social services for all parts of the community. It had a key role in establishing the Manchester Jewish Community Project. This had overall responsibility for a major research project to develop a strategic view of the community’s future development.
The Council is constantly alert to the challenges of antisemitism and racism and endeavours to present a fair and informed picture of local Jewry to the wider community of which we are part, and deals with day-to-day community concerns as they arise.
Successive Presidents, supported by their Honorary Officers, have been increasingly active, working both with mayors, other civic leaders, personalities, authorities and organisations in the wider community, both to develop contacts and to strengthen goodwill and understanding.
The activities in which the JRC is involved are not just ceremonial. They make a difference to the lives of the communities and individuals on a day-to-day basis.
The Honorary Officers and Executive Committee are strongly committed to encouraging and promoting the introduction of younger participation in communal involvement.
Updates about the Manchester JRC
1. What motivates you to be involved in communal life? I am motivated by two main aims, first of all to encourage younger people to take up responsible roles in our community leadership. Secondly, my work is driven by the fact that we must not allow creeping delegitimisation of Israel or of the Jewish people …
The newest JLC members are Frank Baigel who replaces Lucille Cohen as President of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region, and incoming UJS President Alex Green. Read more about them on the JLC website here. Frank Baigel commented: ‘I look forward to joining the JLC, representing the vital, vibrant and varied Manchester Jewish …