Today, (Wednesday 13th January) the Jewish Leadership Council was at Number 10 Downing Street for the Jewish community’s annual meeting with the Prime Minister. The meeting was an opportunity to raise concerns and issues facing the Jewish community. It highlighted the continuing support from the Prime Minister and how Jewish initiatives will support key government policies.
The JLC delegation of 12 leading figures from the JLC’s membership was led by JLC Chairman Sir Mick Davis. The main topics covered were:
- The funding for Jewish community security;
- On campus issues including the glorification of terrorists on campuses and student unions’ adoption of BDS policies;
- How the community promotes British values in ultra-Orthodox schools and the safeguarding “out of school” religious education;
- Social care within the Jewish community and how organisations implement the national living wage whilst maintaining quality services;
- The government’s approach to the middle-east conflict and the need to prepare people for peace rather than conflict;
- How the community intends to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration,
- A plan to help integrate the Syrian refugees who are arriving in this country by giving them the skills to find work.
Chairman of the JLC, Sir Mick Davis, said:
We live in a complex and difficult world. As Jews, we are facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and anti- Israel rhetoric but despite this – I can’t think of a better time to be Jewish in the UK. We are an innovative and proud community, one that can celebrate the work of our high performing schools, a dedicated and effective social care infrastructure and enriching religious institutions. Other interventions which highlight Jewish life and contribution have become a feature of British society.
In an era where many see faith communities as outdated it is important that we highlight our strengths and we are grateful that throughout Mr Cameron’s time as Prime Minister the Jewish community has received ongoing support from the Government which has facilitated this vibrant Jewish life. However, the challenges that are facing the Jewish community and civic society as a whole affect us all on a day to day basis and we are sure this meeting will contribute to their resolution.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister met the Jewish Leadership Council earlier today at Downing Street for their annual meeting to discuss issues of importance to the Jewish community and to celebrate their huge contribution to the UK.
The Prime Minister discussed the importance of tackling any form of hatred and prejudice and how we are doing everything we can to ensure the Jewish community feels safe in the UK.
The Prime Minister also recognised how next year is a special year for the Jewish community with the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
Each topic was introduced by the relevant member of the JLC who attended the meeting. The members of the delegation were:
Sir Mick Davis Chairman, Board of Trustees, Jewish Leadership Council
Jonathan Arkush President, Board of Deputies of British Jews
Hannah Brady President, Union of Jewish Students
David Chinn Chairman, Political Oversight Group, Jewish Leadership Council
Jonathan Goldstein Chairman, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJes), Jewish Leadership Council
Simon Johnson Chief Executive, Jewish Leadership Council
Steven Lewis Chairman, Jewish Care
James Libson Chairman, World Jewish Relief
Edward Misrahi Chairman, Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM)
Stephen Pack President, United Synagogue
Gerald Ronson CBE Chairman, Community Security Trust (CST)
Robert Weiner Chairman, Movement for Reform Judaism
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The Jewish Leadership Council is an umbrella body made up of over 30 Jewish communal organisations. The Council is comprised of the Chairs or Presidents of those organisations, and the Council elects a Board of Trustees for a three year term. The JLC represents only its members – the organisations that have chosen to join the council. This range of organisations includes synagogues, care organisations, education charities, regional Representative Councils and the Board of Deputies.