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Statement from Simon Johnson, JLC Chief Executive

When I took over as Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) from my predecessor, Jeremy Newmark, in 2013, the organisation began a new chapter.  However, over the last week, the JLC has come under significant scrutiny concerning Jeremy’s alleged conduct as chief executive, the lead up to his exit, and the way in which it was managed.

Today, it is an undisputed fact that the JLC is a very different organisation, operationally and otherwise, to the one that I took control of in 2013. It not only has a new chief executive, but also a new chairman, Jonathan Goldstein – a former lawyer like myself – seven new trustees, and a new strategic direction.

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JLC statements regarding former CEO

Following a media enquiry about the conduct of the JLC’s former CEO, Jeremy Newmark, who left the JLC in September 2013, the JLC has issued the following statements to the Jewish Chronicle.

Simon Johnson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

“I was made aware of this matter as soon as I was appointed as Chief Executive Officer. I am satisfied that the then Chairman acted at all times with the knowledge and full support of the Trustees.

“Immediately upon my appointment, working closely with our auditors and our Trustees, I put in place additional measures to enhance and improve the JLC’s financial control procedures. We improved management accounting, tightened spending authority levels and put in additional approvals relating to payments from the bank. We have established best practice conflict of interest procedures and reporting of related party transactions. These are all documented in detail in our Annual Statutory Accounts.”

Former Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, Sir Mick Davis who was the Chairman at the time of the alleged incidents said:

“At all times I acted with the full knowledge and support of the Trustees. As soon as the Board of Trustees became aware of the issues it acted immediately and in accordance with the advice it received. Individual Trustees ensured that the JLC’s accounts were made good and whole. Jeremy resigned due to ill health and the Trustees agreed, with due regard to his welfare and that of his family, that no further action was warranted.”

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Coming to you live from Stamford Bridge: Say no to Antisemitism

 

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JLC publishes Amnesty International UK event cancellation email

Amnesty International UK have cancelled an event organised by the Jewish Leadership Council. In their email, Amnesty International UK make several inaccurate and misleading statements regarding the JLC. The email was sent after the Jewish Sabbath came in at 4:09pm, which meant that the JLC could only respond to the email after the Sabbath had finished.

Below is a copy of the email from Amnesty that was received by the JLC.

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Amnesty International UK slams the door in the face of British Jews

To sign our open letter to Amnesty International UK click here.

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) was sent notice on Friday evening (19/01) that, at the eleventh hour, Amnesty International UK was now refusing to host a JLC event due to be held at their offices on Wednesday 24th January.

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Chanukah in the Square - A Celebration To Remember

Mayor of London takes to the stage in Trafalgar Square alongside Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to celebrate with 5,000 revellers.

(Via Jewish News)

View photos from the night here (Credit: Marc Morris)

Sadiq Khan took part in one of the largest ever selfies and professed his love for the Maccabeats as he celebrated Chanukah with up to 5,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square.

The London mayor took to the stage alongside Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and other community leaders at his first Chanukah in the Square since entering City Hall.

Organised by the Jewish Leadership Council, London Jewish Forum and Chabad and fuelled by around 4,000 free doughnuts, party-goers danced to the sounds of the Akiva School choir and the Maccabeats – with Khan delighting the crowd by describing himself as a “groupie”.

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Joint Statement on Antisemitic Chants at protests held outside of US Embassy in London

Following antisemitic chants at a protest outside of the US Embassy on Friday, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, CST and Jewish Leadership Council have released this joint statement.

 

"The ‘Khybar, Khybar’  chant heard and documented at Friday’s protest outside the US Embassy in London can only be interpreted as a call to incite violence against Jewish people. It is outrageous that these protesters thought that such a chant would be acceptable on the streets of London in 2017. That this comes in the context of a firebombing of a synagogue in Sweden and an attack on a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam only increases our concern. These acts are not criticisms of a decision by the US government but demonstrations of antisemitism."

"We welcome the condemnation by the protest organisers of this notorious Jihadi chant – which was clearly audible at the height of the demonstration -  but urge them to take action to ensure that such acts do not go unchallenged at their events in the future. We further call on all of those who addressed the rally to unequivocally condemn the chants and undertake not to support or organise any event at which such activity is tolerated in the future."

 

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Jewish Leadership Council, Board of Deputies and Jewish Women’s Aid to examine measures to protect every member of community against harassment

The Chief Executives of the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Women’s Aid have held a consultative meeting, to discuss the issue of sexual harassment in the Jewish community. We are now examining a suite of measures to ensure that every person in our community feels respected, secure and protected from harassment.

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council recognise that Jewish Women’s Aid, as our community’s experts in this field, are the ideal organisation to lead the implementation of such measures. Jewish Women’s Aid is able to use and develop its expertise as specialists in the issues associated with harassment and abuse and in helping vulnerable members of the Jewish community to access the support they need and to give voice to their collective stories. Jewish Women’s Aid has its own established training programme which has provided numerous rabbis, rebbetzens and other professionals across the breadth of the community with the skills to identify domestic abuse in all its forms. 

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Chanukah in the Square, 12th December 2017

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Chanukah in the Square is the biggest annual Chanukah celebration in the UK, and this year, the first night’s celebrations will take place on 12th December, from 5.30-7.30pm in Trafalgar Square. Organised by Chabad Lubavitch, the Jewish Leadership Council and the London Jewish Forum, and supported by the Mayor of London, it is a key event in the Mayoral and communal calendars.

This will be the tenth year the Menorah (the special 8 branched candelabra that is used on Chanukah) has been installed in Central London. It is one of the largest in the world due to its height, and will shine bright for the eight day duration of Chanukah, reminding the city of the miracle of the Festival of Light and the religious and cultural contribution of the Jewish community in the capital.

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The Full Balfour Centenary Lecture with Simon Schama

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