Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Jewish Leadership Council?

The JLC was created in 2004 and is an umbrella body for 34 leading Jewish organisations. To see the full list of our member organisations please click here.

What is the JLC and who sits on our Council of Membership?

The JLC is made up of the heads of major Jewish community organisations. Having such a spread of organisations within our membership enables a vast amount of opinions and concerns to be heard and dealt with appropriately. As well as this we provide an opportunity for heads of major organisations to meet on a regular basis.
You can read more about the JLC’s structure on our structure page.

How is the JLC made up?


As mentioned above, the JLC is made up of the heads of major Jewish organisations, people who give their time and energy to run these important institutions. They are committed volunteers, and are appointed by their own organisation. Every Jewish organisation chooses how to appoint its head. Some, like the United Synagogue and Board of Deputies, elect their heads in open elections. Others are elected by the member organisation’s Executive Committees or management boards.

Appointment to the JLC’s Council of Membership is actually extremely similar to how Deputies are appointed to the Board of Deputies. While many Deputies are elected in an open ballot, others are appointed to the Board by the executive committees of member organisations.


The Council of Membership democratically elects the JLC’s trustees and ensures that the JLC acts according to what its members decide. Most of the JLC’s decisions are taken by consensus, ensuring the widest possible support.


The JLC represents only its members – those organisations which have chosen to join the Council. This range of organisations includes synagogues, care organisations, education charities, regional Representative Councils and the Board of Deputies.

How does the JLC work with the Board of Deputies?

The Board of Deputies is the oldest representative body of the Jewish community and has a well-established reputation as a core Jewish organisation.

However, the policy environment has become increasingly specialised. CST are the experts on antisemitism, while care organisations like Jewish Care and Norwood know all the details of social care policy. The JLC brings all of these experts around the table to discuss policy issues with the Board and with each other, to help formulate and implement plans.

The Board and JLC run joint projects together. Staff from the JLC and the Board are in contact with each other several times a day.