Civil servants from five Government Departments toured the Jewish community on 09 April 2013.The purpose of the tour was to enable civil servants who deal with Jewish communal issues to see the community, to hear directly from the community and to be able to ask whatever questions they wished. The tour was highly successful and […]
Judaism as a religion and a culture is affected by a wide range of public policy issues. From Kosher food to antisemitism, schooling to elderly care, and from social cohesion to our relationship with Israel, every aspect of Jewish life can be impacted by wider public policy – Laws, regulations, Government policy, local government etc.
The Jewish Leadership Council works to ensure that there is a positive public policy environment for the British Jewish community. Taking the lead from our member organisations – who are experts in the policy areas in which they work – we coordinate to so that the Jewish community has a connected and forward-looking approach to policy.
To do this, the JLC has a Community Wellbeing Committee which includes experts from Jewish organisations and advisers with an insight into policy and politics. Much of the output of this committee is carried out by the JLC’s member organisations, but some is carried out directly by the JLC’s staff and lay-leaders.
Examples of the JLC’s work on public policy include:
- Arranging a meeting for Jewish community leaders with the Prime Minister
- Lobbying the Government on feed-in tariffs energy generation for Jewish charities and synagogues
- Working to change the law to prevent the abuse of universal jurisdiction against Israeli visitors
JLC’s Head of Policy and Research Claudia Mendoza looks at the implications that a European classification of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization would have on its operational abilities abroad. The Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Israel classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, while the UK only classifies its ‘military’ wing, not its ‘political’ […]
JLC’s Head of Policy and Research Claudia Mendoza examines the implications of Germany’s shifting legal stance on the key religious practice of circumcision. Earlier this year, a regional court in Germany ruled that circumcision of newborn boys amounted to assault, prompting the JLC to participate in a Huffington Post debate on the issue. This issue […]