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PaJeS to become independent of the JLC

JLC and its education division PaJeS (Partnerships for Jewish Schools) have today announced that PaJeS has become independent of the JLC.

The Jewish Leadership Council’s (JLC) report in 2008 on ‘The Future of Jewish Schools’ and subsequent report ‘The Future of Jewish Schools: Three Years On’ recognised the major shift in Jewish education with the number of Jewish children in Jewish schools at a record high. This reckoning required a serious and thoughtful response to help schools shape their strategic future, and thereby strengthen Jewish life in the UK. As such, in 2012, the JLC established a division of the JLC - Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) – to tackle this issue.

PaJeS’ first Chair was the JLC’s most recent past Chair, Jonathan Goldstein, and the work of PaJeS remains closely held and revered. It is with huge pride that PaJeS has gone from strength to strength and has adapted and evolved as the need has required. The JLC’s ambition was for PaJeS in time to become independent of the JLC while still closely connected. This important development, especially at a time when PaJeS’ services and expertise are required more than ever, is a testament to the foresight and professionalism of its staff led by Rabbi David Meyer OBE and the dedication of the Chair of its Advisory Board, Sarah Anticoni.

With increased independence, PaJeS will continue to flourish and, as a member of the JLC, continue to provide the high quality provision of support and training on which schools have come to depend.

The separation has been carried out in a way which respects and values both parties.  Both the JLC and PaJeS play essential roles in servicing the community and where relevant, and especially with regards to Public Affairs, the two organisations will continue to work closely together.

We were all saddened by the untimely passing of the Assistant Director of PaJeS, Lady Lira Winston z”l. Lira was with the organisation since its inception and she passionately believed in its role in supporting Jewish schools. She had been a driving force in planning this exciting new phase of PaJeS’ development.

 

Jonathan Goldstein, outgoing Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

“The success of PaJeS is a typical JLC success. The JLC identifies key gaps in communal architecture, and we develop and then execute a plan to resolve it. Since 2012, PaJeS within the JLC has been providing unique support for our growing and successful Jewish school sector. Our schools are the pride of our community and they deserve only the highest quality support, which PaJeS provides. PaJeS becoming independent of the JLC as its next step in its growth will provide PaJeS with the freedom it needs to continue to service our schools. We will be delighted to continue working closely with the new organisation and to welcome PaJeS as a member of the JLC.”

 

Sarah Anticoni, Chairwoman of PaJeS:

“PaJeS has come of age thanks to the initial vision and support of the JLC, led by Jonathan Goldstein. Our commitment to supporting Jewish schools , their leadership teams and staff is as strong as ever. We will continue to strive to make pupils’ Jewish school experience, an excellent one.”

 

Professor David Latchman, Chairman of the Wohl Foundation said:

“The Wohl Legacy has been a proud funder of PaJeS for many years.   The JLC had the vision to establish a schools’ division and it has grown into a leading communal organisation.  Today PaJeS supports a wide range of Jewish schools across the country, and its growth over the years is a testament to the dedication of its team. 

“PaJeS will now graduate from the JLC and we are excited to watch the next steps of this journey. We wish them every success. “

 

Marina Yudborovsky, CEO of Genesis Philanthropy Group said:

“Both the JLC and PaJeS have been key to our strategy in the UK Jewish community, because each provides a highly effective platform for reaching a whole network of organizations. Seeing these organizations grow and evolve in order to remain relevant and impactful is incredibly gratifying and we look forward to seeing both organizations continue to flourish in this new format.”

 

Read more in the January 2022 PaJeS Update

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Keith Black elected as JLC Chair

CST and JLC Trustee, Keith Black has been unanimously elected to succeed Jonathan Goldstein as JLC Chair. At a meeting of the JLC Council tonight Mr Black was elected to the position following a confirmatory vote by the JLC Council of Membership and trustees.

Mr Black was the sole candidate nominated following a period of open nominations. Any member of the JLC Council of Membership was eligible to be nominated.

Manchester raised Keith Black is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Regatta group of outdoor clothing companies based in Manchester, a family business which he joined in 1981 after taking a law degree at Southampton University. He moved to North London in 2009. He has been the CST representative on the JLC Council of Members.

In comments to the JLC Council following his appointment, Mr Black said:

“I am hugely honoured that you have placed your trust in me to chair the Jewish Leadership Council. And I am very conscious of the responsibility that this entails.

“I must pay a huge tribute to my predecessor Jonathan who has been such a wonderful chairman.

“The JLC has a very simple mission; to help you all [JLC members] do your wonderful work.

“We live in a community that is nearly 500 years old and over that time has built a network of organisations and a communal infrastructure in the millenia old tradition of Diaspora Jewry.

“We have built a community that has layered over the fabric of British life our own mini-welfare state. We look after our old, our sick, our impoverished and our lonely, we educate our young through a huge network of schools and we look after them beyond school  whether at university or on the sports fields or in finding work, we have a wealth of diverse religious bodies catering for all sectors of our community, we engage with Israel in a myriad of different ways, we fight antisemitism and protect ourselves, we engage with national institutions and ensure our democratic voice is heard, we reach out to the wider world through our commitment to Tikkun Olam and through dozens and dozens  and dozens of other charities we ensure that Jewish life in this country is engaged, is rich with content, is vital and alive.

“We must ensure that our charitable sector is invigorated with new leaders, new volunteers, new ideas and of course new donors. We must enthuse, encourage, excite and enable – we have a very precious ecosystem of communal support. We at the JLC do not take it for granted and will work with you, our trustees and our professional team to ensure that its future is safe and secure.”

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Win A Private Pod at the London Eye This Chanukah

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This year as part of our Chanukah celebrations the Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish News are incredibly excited to be lighting up the London Eye on Sunday 5th December!

This year as part of our Chanukah celebrations we are incredibly excited to be lighting up the London Eye on Sunday 5th December! To celebrate we are giving one lucky person the opportunity to win a London Eye VIP experience (RRP £450) which includes:

  • Access to an entire pod privately for 2 to 16 guests*
  • Fast Track boarding through a dedicated entrance
  • 30 minutes rotation
  • 360° moving views from the heart of the city

*Experience must have a minimum of 2 guests 18 years of age or older, and up to a maximum of 16 guests (which can consist of adults and children)

Entering the competition couldn't be easier, simply post a photo of you/your family lighting a menorah on any of the nights of Chanukah or posing alongside a public menorah and tag the JLC and Jewish News on either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #sharethelight. We will then pick a winner at random and contact you via the platform you entered.

Links to our social media:

JLC Facebook

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Instagram - @jlc.uk

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Instagram - @jewishnewsuk

Terms and Conditions:

- One entry per person per platform

- Entrants must use #sharethelight and follow the Jewish Leadership Council on the platform they enter the competition to be included in the draw 

- Competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 5th December, any entrants after this time will not be counted.

- The Jewish Leadership Council reserves the right to use any images submitted in any publicity we see fit. This might include a newsletter mail out, annual review, future social media posts.

- Entrants must be 18 or over

- We will announce the winner on each of our social media platforms week commencing 6th December 2021.

- The winner will have two days to respond, if they don't we will chose another entrant at random.

- We will supply an electronic voucher to the winning entry. It will be your responsibility to book the experience.

- The Jewish Leadership Council holds no responsibility for anything further than contacting the winner and issuing the voucher.

- Your Private Pod for up to 16 people must be redeemed by 31st December 2022. Please allow 10 working days to organise your booking. Complimentary tickets are subject to all terms and conditions of The London Eye. Please note this voucher cannot be used on New Year’s Eve, Valentines Day, or during the month of August. This list is not exhaustive and if you are unsure, you should contact an advisor or check www.londoneye.com.

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Jonathan Goldstein to step down as JLC Chair

JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein today announced his resignation to the JLC Council of Membership.

Mr Goldstein explained that it has regrettably become unsustainable for him to be able to continue as JLC Chair whilst running an increasingly complex business and ensuring he has time for his family.

An election will now be held amongst JLC Council members to elect a new chair. Eligible candidates need to be members of the JLC Council and nominations will open in early December. A new Chair will be in place following an election in early January.

Jonathan Goldstein, outgoing Chair of the JLC said:

“It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of the JLC for the last four and a half years and I am proud of all our enormous achievements. I have enjoyed being an active and present Chair. Recent events and pressures have made it impossible for me to be as present as I would want to be and as the JLC needs me to be. I have taken the painful but necessary decision to step down. I am incredibly proud of my achievements as Chair, from playing a leading role fighting antisemitism within the Labour Party to our rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Looking at the JLC Trustee Board gives me huge confidence for the future. I am reassured that the future of the JLC is in very safe hands under strong and professional leadership with a highly capable pool of nominees to succeed me around our Council table.”

Debbie Fox, Vice Chair of the JLC said:

It has been my honour to have worked alongside Jonathan over a period of unprecedented impact and growth for the JLC. Thanks to his insightful leadership, he steps away from an organisation that is facing its future with clarity of vision, alignment and a clear remit to build on the strong  strategic foundations that have been set over his tenure.  He should take ownership of this legacy and feel justifiably proud.

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Leaders attending the Brighton Labour Conference take a tour of Brighton’s exciting new Jewish community hub and the beautiful Grade II listed Middle Street Synagogue.

BNJC (Brighton and Hove Jewish Community) and Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation were delighted to host a contingent of guests attending the Labour Party Conference in Brighton for a tour to spotlight the importance and value of the city’s Jewish future, and its past. Guests included Jo Stevens MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Claudia Mendoza Co-Chief Executive of Jewish Leadership Council and Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies. 

The contingent first visited the new Jewish community development in central Hove (BNJC), where CEO Marc Sugarman hosted a hard hat tour of the site. Still under construction and on track to open next summer, the community development aims to revitalise Jewish life in Brighton & Hove by building the infrastructure for Jewish life. Delicious Kosher dining, a beautiful new Synagogue and Mikvah, superb education, co-working facilities and a rich programme of cultural events provide every opportunity for the community to thrive.

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In Manchester Shadow Foreign Secretary tells Jewish groups: Labour are against UNHRC singling out Israel and will vote against it in power

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region (JRC) last night hosted Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP in conversation with JRC Chair Mark Adlestone OBE DL for our first in-person event in over 18 months.

Ms Nandy is the most senior Labour frontbencher to have publicly engaged with the Jewish community since Sir Keir Starmer became Labour Leader and the Equality & Human Rights Commission published its report which found that the previous Labour leadership had broken equality law against its Jewish members.

Lisa Nandy reiterated the Labour Party’s support for a negotiated two state solution and her opposition to the BDS movement. She also used the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the country since UK troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan and singled out JLC member World Jewish Relief in their efforts to assist refugees through the resettlement programme.

Addressing concerns around the United Nations’ disproportionate focus on Israel, Ms Nandy for the first time suggested that Labour agrees with the government’s position of voting against all item 7 motions at the UN Human Rights Council. Item 7 is the only permanent agenda item dedicated to condemning a single country. Lisa Nandy also supported the government’s decision to not attend the 20th anniversary Durban conference this September, stating: “We shouldn’t be supporting the promotion of antisemitism.”

 

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP said:

“It was great to join the JLC and JRC at this evening’s event. I was delighted to be able to listen to members of the Jewish community tonight. Only by listening can we rebuild the trust we so desperately need to have.”

 

Mark Adlestone OBE DL, Chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said:

“It was an absolute privilege to host Lisa.  We asked the important questions that are of critical importance to the Jewish community in Greater Manchester and across the country.  I am delighted with Lisa’s open and forthright responses to our questions.  We are fortunate to have an excellent and longstanding relationship with Lisa and look forward to working closely together.”

 

Marc Levy, JLC North West Regional Manager & Chief Executive of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said:

“Over the many years I have known Lisa, she has been an outspoken and strong supporter of the Jewish community. I am delighted that Lisa agreed to come and speak with us this last night.”

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Statement on Month of Hate report from CST

“Yesterday CST released a report demonstrating the unprecedented volume of antisemitic incidents during the month of May.

“The ‘Month of Hate’ report makes for a sobering read. Many faced online abuse, in person physical and verbal harassment, and assaults.

“We are grateful to the government for its robust approach against anti-Jewish racism and we will continue to work with CST and others to raise our concerns at all levels.”

- Claudia Mendoza, Co-Chief Executive

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JLC looks to the future with three new appointments

L-R: Leo Brosh, Orit Cantor and Michelle Mitchell

Following a thorough recruitment process the JLC have appointed:

Michelle Mitchell as Head of Strategic Collaboration will lead on our long term strategic work on sustainability and challenges facing our members and community.
Michelle will join the JLC from World Jewish Relief where she is currently Head of Major Giving, having been at the organisation since 2012 when she joined as a trust fundraiser. She is a proud member of the Jewish community, having grown up in a family deeply committed to communal service, an active and busy United Synagogue (Belmont) and B’nei Akiva. 
 
Orit Cantor as Membership Manager will lead on our engagement with our members, ensuring that the JLC is responsive to changing needs.
Orit has recently held the position of Volunteers Placement Coordinator with JLC member, JVN (Jewish Volunteering Network), taking JVN’s service from ‘connecting to ‘matching’ and increasing number of placements, volunteering opportunities and relationships with charities within the community. Orit has previously worked in property management and consultancy both in the UK and overseas.
 
Leo Brosh as Yorkshire & East Coast Regional Manager will be serving our communities across Yorkshire and the East Coast in this regional role which the JLC has supported for over five years now.
Leo who is based in Leeds, has held positions within the Jewish Community from being on UJS National Council, Nottingham Jewish Society Committee and on FZY’s Mazkirut. Leo has represented the community at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and at European and World Jewish Congress’. He also founded a Jewish Student Society in Hong Kong which connected Jewish students studying there with the local community. 

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JLC welcomes UK Government decision to not attend the Durban IV conference

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has today welcomed the decision by the UK government that they join the USA, Australia and Canada in not attending the Durban IV conference this September.

In December 2020, the UN General Assembly voted in favour of holding a “one-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the twentieth anniversary” of the adoption of the Durban Declaration. This is due to take place this September.

The United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, or otherwise commonly known as ‘Durban I’ met in Durban, South Africa in 2001 and adopted the Durban Declaration.

Despite being a conference against racism, the event is remembered by the international Jewish community as a hostile showcase for open antisemitism. Jewish attendees at the conference were subjected to intimidation from protesters and antisemitic material, including the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, were distributed within the conference venue. The conference itself saw the revival of the ‘Zionism equals racism’ trope. The resulting ‘Durban Declaration’ singled out only Israel for criticism.

Subsequent Durban conferences in 2009 and 2011 resulted in similar antisemitic rhetoric on display. At Durban II in 2009 the UK led a walkout of major nations in protest against a speech by then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and at Durban III in 2011 the UK boycotted the event.

 

JLC Co-Chief Executive Claudia Mendoza added:

“We’d like to thank the British Government for taking our concerns seriously and withdrawing from this abuse of UN processes. People need to be under no illusions, this conference exists to delegitimise Israel and legitimise anti-Jewish racism.”

 

Commenting on today’s announcement Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust and Vice President of the JLC, and attendee at 2001 conference said:

“This is welcome news. Tainted with Jew hatred, poisonous rhetoric about Israel and Holocaust denial and minimisation, the Durban process is no place to tackle racism. It is time for the Durban conferences to be consigned to history. 

The British Government has done the right thing once again by taking a principled stance and refusing to attend.”

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CST and JLC meet with Birmingham City Council Leaders

Jewish communities across the United Kingdom have experienced a sharp increase in antisemitic hate crime over the previous fortnight. There has always been a surge in incidents targeting the community when tensions are high in the Middle East. However, the increase in cases along with the severity and levels of vitriol is unprecedented.

Ensuring the conflict does not play out on the streets of the United Kingdom remains the primary concern of the Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust. Both organisations are working with local and national government to ensure community cohesion remains intact.

We are grateful to the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward for taking the time to meet with CST Regional Director, Amanda Bomsztyk and Jewish Leadership Council Regional Manager, Marc Levy. Cllr Ward was joined by Waqar Ahmed (Assistant Director for Community Safety & Resilience) and Cllr John Cotton. The discussion focused on incidents that have taken place across Birmingham and the United Kingdom. The Council detailed their extensive work across the whole of society. Their focus has been designed to promote understanding and combat hate crime across the city.

AMANDA BOMSZTYK, NORTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF CST AND MARC LEVY, NORTH WEST & WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MANAGER OF THE JEWISH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SAID:

“We are grateful to Cllr Ward and the team at Birmingham City Council for their time. Their proactive actions show how a local authority can tackle this nuanced issue. The scenes that have unfolded over the past fortnight have highlighted why the adoption and implementation of the IHRA definition on antisemitism is of critical importance. We are heartened and reassured by the stance that Councillors Ward and Cotton are adopting. Their dedication to protecting the Jewish community in Birmingham from potentially hostile reactions to a conflict thousands of miles away is hugely appreciated.”

 

COUNCILLOR IAN WARD, LEADER OF BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL SAID:

“Our city is made up of people who can trace their roots back to virtually every country in the world. Diversity is in our DNA and reflected in our values of tolerance and respect. That is why when one of our diverse communities is threatened by hate or violence, we are all threatened. We stand shoulder to shoulder with all our communities and, particularly at this difficult time our Jewish community and will continue to fight all forms of discrimination.”

 

COUNCILLOR JOHN COTTON, CABINET MEMBER FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION, COMMUNITY SAFETY AND EQUALITIES OF BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL SAID:

 

“Whilst we appreciate that emotions are running high due to world events, there is no justification for the surge in anti-Semitic hate crime that has been seen across the UK and in parts of our City. We will continue to support and engage with the Jewish Community locally and utilise upon our strong inter-faith networks, calling out hate speech when we hear it and focussing more upon what unites us than divides us.”  

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