UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.
There is something for everyone: whether you attend or organise an event. You can also take part in the online conversation using the hashtag #UKPW18.
Organisations across the UK run events and activities throughout UK Parliament Week which explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community.
The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) is delighted to partner with Parliament Week.
As the umbrella body for the 35 most significant Jewish organisations in the UK, the JLC plays a central role representing the Jewish community and facilitating its engagement with government, parliamentarians and wider society on a range of issues including social care, education and students, safety and security, social action and more. We work across the country, through our members, regional representative councils and across all denominations of Judaism to ensure the interests of our community are promoted.
As a minority, democracy and equality are important to our community and actively participating in Britain’s political processes is essential. Voicing one’s opinion, engaging with one’s local MP and councillors, and involving oneself in the public policy discourse are vital.
For those not regularly engaged in politics, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to get involved, so campaigns such as Parliament week, which make politics more accessible and easier to understand, are very important in promoting civic engagement.
I look forward to the JLC working with UK Parliament through resources and events to help our community, and the wider pubic, play a greater role in British political life.
Jonathan Goldstein, Chair, Jewish Leadership Council
You can download the Jewish resource booklet for Parliament week here.
Your UK Parliament Week Kit
There are 10,000 UK Parliament Week partners’ kits to give away once you’ve registered your event or activity. Your kit includes:
- A booklet with a wide range of activities for you to use at your event
- A ballot box so you can run your own mock elections, or vote on a debate!
Bunting so you can decorate in true UK Parliament Week style
Posters to help you promote your event
- UK Parliament Week pin badges for you to wear so everyone knows you’re taking part.
- Your very own UK Parliament Week placard – take pictures with your placard and share on social media to show off your activities!
- And last but not least – our new Votes for Women sash, to get you in the Vote 100 spirit!
Register your UK Parliament Week event or activity now.
This was a JLC campaign, which ran in 2017. For information on our current work, please visit the ‘updates’ page.
On 2nd November 2017, Jewish communities around the world, and in particular, the British Jewish community will come together to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration; the 67 words that led to the creation of the State of Israel. In order to mark this historic occasion, our community has come together to host a number of events and provide a wide range of resources that will mark the anniversary under the banner of the ‘Balfour 100’ campaign. The Balfour 100 campaign launched on 2nd November this year.
The Balfour 100 Steering committee is comprised of 23 British-Jewish communal and Israel advocacy organisations. The committee is chaired by Lord Jonathan Kestenbaum, and is divided into sub-committees, each responsible for delivering different aspects of the project. These include Education, Communications, Website, Dinner and Manchester Committees.
Balfour 100 has launched a comprehensive website and online resource that provides authoritative, historical and accurate details about the Balfour Declaration. It has annotated versions of the 5 Declaration drafts, biographies of key players involved, and reactions to the Declaration of historic figures. There is also be an extensive timeline of events leading up to the Declaration, as well as a shorter, more comprehensive slideshow which will have questions and answers relating to each event in the timeline. In the new year, the website will have space for contemporary commentary, and will also have the capacity for other organisations and groups to upload events for visitors to see where the next/nearest Balfour event will be. It will also see the addition of material which shows the pivotal role that Manchester played in the story of how the Declaration came to be.
The year ahead will see the Balfour 100 committee working on a number of projects.
A wide range of educational resources have been designed to educate a variety of audiences on the Balfour Declaration, and are available to download from the website. These include a Balfour Basics ‘primer’, FAQ, informal education programmes, and more. There will be additional resources uploaded in the new year.
The Jewish community will also be holding a cross-denominational ‘Balfour Shabbat’ on 3rd and 4th November 2017. Synagogues across all British Jewish denominations and movements will be marking the Balfour Centenary in their own way on this Shabbat.
On 1st November 2017 there will be a Balfour lecture. Advice on how to secure tickets to the event will be released in 2017.
There will be a number of events and conferences between November 2016 and November 2017. Academics are planning various key note lectures and lecture series around the country. Community groups in Manchester are hosting a large scale event on October 31st 2017. The Balfour website will also host details of Balfour related events around the country, and there will be a communal calendar where this information will also be readily accessible.
You can explore the Balfour 100 website at www.balfour100.com.
This was a JLC campaign, which ran in 2018. For information on our current work, please visit the ‘updates’ page.
We have so many wonderful women who work so hard and tirelessly for the benefit of our community that when we began to think about this campaign – to showcase them - it was a real challenge to know where to start.
But we have to start somewhere. Welcome to the JLC campaign to support International Women’s Day on the 8thMarch 2018.
The theme of International Women’s Day this year is “press for progress”. As their website states, “with the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress […] International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.”
The JLC has asked a number of women in the Jewish community, all with varying leadership roles and responsibilities to tell us about the way they press for progress, a change they want to see, or how they contribute to their communities.
In the two weeks leading up to International Women’s Day, we will be profiling a number of Jewish women each day, culminating in a special edition of our newsletter collating the contributions of women in our community to the campaign.
You can sign up to receive the JLC newsletter here.
If you would like to take part in the JLC campaign supporting International Women’s Day by writing a short blog or recording a video, email [email protected] or call 020 7042 8692.