Karen Phillips & Mark Cunningham: All Change at The Fed


The Manchester communal baton is about to be passed to Mark Cunningham.

Retirement isn’t necessarily the word I would use. For me it is about leaving the CEO role carried since ’97 to make space in life for other pursuits. I remain as Deputy to the Lord Lieutenant in Manchester and an Ambassador for The Fed.

Interestingly, the decision came literally overnight after being decidedly unready beforehand. It was a waking up feeling...the “I’m done” moment.

This in no way reflected neither my loss of loyalty to The Fed nor disenchantment with social care in Manchester. It was more about the need to spread my wings, to follow other pursuits and spend more time with the family whilst I had the drive and energy to do so.

Manchester is undergoing huge change and is about to enter an exciting time. Devolution in Manchester and Healthier Together alongside the stringent, statutory cuts we all face, create the perfect storm. The Fed under Mark Cunningham’s leadership with the support of our excellent Board led by Mark Adlestone, will be more than capable of meeting these challenges. The two Marks will form a great partnership – a new era.

Thanks to all the organisations and to JLC for their good counsel over the years.

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Jewish School Awards 2017

PaJeS and the Jewish News welcomed 200 guests to the Jewish Schools Awards on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at JW3 in London. The evening began with a canape reception catered by Zest in the restaurant and café area of JW3, followed by the awards ceremony in the Howard Hall. The evening was generously sponsored by Marc and Emma Samuels of the Emmes Foundation and Andrew and Orly Wolfson of the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

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Judith Flacks: JLC Refugee Campaign

The Jewish Leadership Council of Trustees recently voted in favour of calling on our member organisations to support local authorities and the national government to help the process of welcoming young refugees appropriately seeking refuge here. 

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Simon Johnson: A Time of change

Last week, the JLC announced that we would be saying farewell to Sir Mick Davis as our Chairman.  It is important to recognise his contribution to Jewish life in the UK.

I received the phone call from Sir Mick out of nowhere in 2013, asking me if I wanted to be the interim CEO of the JLC. How was this businessman, who has been very vocal about communal issues, going to be as a boss? I had never personally met Sir Mick.  My only experience of him was having seen him on Appeal videos as Chair of UJIA. I had no idea what to expect of him and neither, I suspect, did he know anything of me.

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Sir Mick Davis: It has been inspiring work to lead and work for the good of the Jewish community

As you may have already read, I have decided not to make myself available for re-election as Chairman of the JLC. Nor will I be a candidate for the Board of Trustees. I have been Chairman for 8 years. Before that, as Chairman of UJIA, I was a member of the JLC’s then Executive Committee. After more than a decade at the heart of UK Jewish Life the time is right to allow others with equal passion to take the Community forward with a fresh vision. 

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Judith Flacks: “I am my sister’s keeper; we are each other’s keepers”

This is a blog from JLC Head of Campaigns Judith Flacks. It appeared on the Jewish News website on 8th March 2017 and is written in a personal capacity.

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Simon Johnson: At Last! Action To Outlaw Race Hatred On Campus

This is Simon Johnson's monthly column for the Jewish Telegraph and was featured in the print edition on the 3rd March 2017.

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Daniel Casson: Social Care Funding

Jewish Care's Daniel Casson (Assistant Director, Business Development) writes about the financial shortfall facing Social Care providers


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Micheline Brannan: Turning the tide in Scotland

Micheline Brannan, SCOJEC President updates us on the progress made by SCOJEC in recent years...

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Marc Levy: Manchester Civic Reception

Since July, I have had the privilege of representing my home community of Manchester.  In conjunction with the Representative Council, we have revolutionised the way the community conducts its political engagement.  As a result, more elected representatives than ever before have been contacted directly by the community and are in tune with our concerns and needs.

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