The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has responded to the government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper by submitting a formal response to the consultation.
The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, released in March 2018 in response to the Casey Review is the government’s vision for “building strong integrated communities where people live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities”.
The green paper sets out a programme of proposed actions to take across government to deliver the vision at the local and national level.
The JLC has submitted a response which includes programmes and activities of its member organisations and other responses from communal organisations who they work with. The submission includes best practice examples but also highlights where the JLC supports or rejects certain policies.
The JLC submission includes the work of World Jewish Relief, who have led the way with their programme to integrate Syrian refugees through work placements, the work of CST on hate crime monitoring and reporting, and the work of Lead, who promote leadership development across all Jewish communal denominations.
The Jewish community in this country is proudly British and proudly Jewish – integrated but not assimilated. This is a model for other minority communities and we hope that through this submission, government will identify models of best practice.
The JLC’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Claudia Mendoza said:
“integration is one of the biggest social problems of our time. The Jewish community is often a primary target of the threats coming from those who are not well integrated so we have an interest in helping the government get this strategy right. The government has made it clear that religious freedom is paramount and we welcome that. We have compiled this submission to ensure that the balance between genuine integration and acceptance of individuality is got right and we have made ourselves available for further consultation”.