Jewish Community Leaders meet with Prime Minister Theresa May

Jewish Community Leaders meet with Prime Minister Theresa May

A delegation of Jewish community leaders today met with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the challenges we face and highlight the community’s contribution to British society including social care, education and security.

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), which facilitates the annual meeting with the Prime Minister, worked with its member organisations to put together an appropriate agenda, including topics of national and international significance. 

Under JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein’s leadership there has been a concerted effort to increase the number of women in leadership positions within the Jewish community and this was reflected in the delegation that met with the Prime Minister this year.

The meeting with the Prime Minister allowed the delegation to raise potential issues and share ideas.

During the meeting, among other things the JLC discussed their submission to the Integrated Communities green paper and the Jewish community’s plans to address issues around children and young people’s mental health, particularly in schools. We thanked her for her support for the Holocaust Memorial and the grant to UJS from MHCLG and the Department for Education which, joint with the Holocaust Educational Trust, will take 150 sabbatical officers and vice chancellors to Auschwitz.

Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“I was pleased to meet with the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss the challenges their communities face, particularly as we react to the shocking attack in Pittsburgh.

 “Today’s meeting was an opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution British Jews make to this country, to praise the community for its resilience and optimism, and to reaffirm my commitment to stamping out antisemitism in this country.”

Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

“It is vital that we continue to have such constructive meetings with the Prime Minister to discuss issues that are important to the British Jewish community. We are grateful for Theresa May’s support in the face of antisemitism and appreciate her continued assurance that tackling hate crime will remain a priority.

“There are many members of the Jewish Leadership Council who work closely with the government on a number of issues and successfully create partnerships and support on ongoing issues. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Prime Minister and government departments to strengthen our work and the work of our members.”



Notes to Editors:

The Prime Minister meeting was arranged and coordinated by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Claudia Mendoza. It was led by Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the JLC. The delegation included:

Jonathan Goldstein, Chair, Jewish Leadership Council

Marie Van Der Zyl, President, Board of Deputies of British Jews

Gerald Ronson CBE, Chairman, CST

Mark Morris, Chair, Work Avenue

Hannah Rose, President, Union of Jewish Students

Sarah Anticoni, Chair, PaJeS

Louise Hager, Chair, Chai Cancer Care

About the JLC

The Jewish Leadership Council is an umbrella body made up of 35 Jewish communal organisations. The Council is comprised of the Chairs or Presidents of those organisations, and the Council elects a Board of Trustees for a three-year term. The JLC represents only its members – the organisations that have chosen to join the council. This range of organisations includes synagogues, care organisations, education charities, regional Representative Councils and the Board of Deputies.

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