Jewish Leadership Council Welcomes New Vice Presidents

The Jewish Leadership Council has announced four new Vice Presidents - Lord Finkelstein, Lord Kestenbaum, Baroness Neuberger and Lord Palmer of Childs Hill – for an initial three year term.

Whereas the council’s members represent specific organisations, the role of the JLC's Vice-Presidents is to act as a resource to support the Jewish community leadership by advising the JLC's Trustees and Council of Membership. The new Vice Presidents will add their experience to the seven Vice Presidents who have been reappointed and continue to support the Jewish community and the JLC.

Lord Finkelstein - Daniel Finkelstein, OBE, is the Associate Editor, a Columnist and Leader Writer for The Times. He also sits in the House of Lords as Lord Finkelstein.  Between 1997 and 2001, he was chief policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. William Hague MP and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.

Lord Kestenbaum - Jonathan Kestenbaum is the Chief Operating Officer of RIT Capital Partners plc and a member of its Executive Committee. He is also a Director of the company’s operating business, J Rothschild Capital Management Limited. He was created a life peer in November 2010 and became Lord Kestenbaum of Foxcote in the County of Somerset. He was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 January 2011 and speaks in the Lords on Economic Affairs and Innovation.

Baroness Neuberger – Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue and a cross bench member of the House of Lords. She chaired the review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, and before that the review of diversity in the judiciary, both for government. She also chaired the Commission on the future of volunteering for Volunteering England and was Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Champion for Volunteering. She is passionate about issues around end of life, asylum, refugees and immigration, volunteering, and mental health, and she set up the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust in memory of her parents, specifically to benefit young asylum seekers. She is a trustee of the Van Leer Foundation and of the Rayne Foundation, and broadcasts frequently.

Lord Palmer  of Childs Hill - Monroe Palmer OBEis the Personal Adviser on the Middle East to the current Liberal Democrat Leader, Vice President Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel,(formerly Chairman until 2010) and on the Steering Group of Britain- Israel Parliamentary Peers Group. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews and has a longstanding interest in achieving lasting peace in the Middle East and is a very regular speaker on this subject as well as matters of concern to the UK Jewish Community. He is also a member of Golders Green Synagogue.

Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees said:

It is really important for the JLC to have Vice Presidents who enrich and enhance our community. They are a resource that we can all use to ensure that our community continues to be vibrant, safe and secure.

Following the appointment Lord Finkelstein said:

It is a great pleasure to serve as a Vice President to the Jewish Leadership Council. The Jewish community is wide and diverse and I am pleased I will be able to offer my expertise in my new role.

Lord Kestenbaum said:

The institutions that make up the JLC are the fabric of the Jewish community, it is an honour and privilege to be in position to assist them.

Baroness Neuberger said:

I am much looking forward to contributing to the work of the JLC and its members, and am honoured to have been nominated.

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill said:

I have worked with the Jewish community for many years and I am pleased that my new role will allow me to contribute directly to the many institutions of the community.

All 11 Vice Presidents, including those who have been reappointed - Leo Noe, Sir Trevor Chinn CVO, Sir Victor Blank, Henry Grunwald OBE QC, Lord Leigh, Michele Vogel and Lord Woolf CH - will serve a three year term after which they may be reappointed.