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Jewish community deeply disappointed at Labour’s decision not to expel Livingstone

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Click to watch JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson react to the Livingstone decision

Given that Ken Livingstone has been found guilty, we are deeply disappointed at the decision not to expel him from the Labour Party. A temporary suspension is no more than a slap on the wrist.  Mr Livingstone’s inaccurate and antagonistic comments including over the past 40 years have had a huge impact on the Jewish community. We feel that the Labour Party should have had the courage to address this deeply offensive behaviour with a firmer penalty. 

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Official definition of antisemitism adopted by Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Following extensive consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

At a Board meeting of the GMCA, a report on Challenging Hate and Building Cohesion was presented and accepted and the proposal to adopt the definition was overwhelmingly agreed, meaning it will be applied in the area. 

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Balfour 100: March 2017

In the coming months leading up to the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on 2nd November 2017, the Balfour 100 Steering committee has been working on a number of events and commemorations to mark the anniversary. 

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Sir Mick Davis to stand down as JLC Chair

Sir Mick Davis announced this week that he will not be seeking re-election as Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council. In a letter to the JLC’s Council of Membership, Sir Mick explained that “the time is right to allow others with equal passion to take the Community forward with a fresh vision.”

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Homophobic hate crime at JW3

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Commenting on the homophobic graffiti daubed on banners at JW3, JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson said:

“We utterly condemn this vile, hateful, homophobic attack on our member JW3. The response by JW3 illustrated the openness and vibrancy of the community centre. We are glad that programming will go ahead as scheduled and we look forward to the perpetrators being brought to justice.”

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VIDEO: Jewish School Awards 2017

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Jewish Manchester: A Seminar for Local Councillors

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The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region joined together on Sunday to run ‘Jewish Manchester: A Seminar for Local Councillors’, at Heathlands Village, home of The Fed.

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Jewish Community Responds To UCL Report On October Disturbances

Joint statement from The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Community Security Trust, Jewish Leadership Council and the Union of Jewish Students

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Jami Family Resilience Conference

From our work in schools and the wider community Jami are aware of the huge unmet need for further emotional well being support for families in our community. Our conference, will bring together expert speakers and special guests including Dr. Nikki Teper as seen on Channel 4’s Born Naughty and Jonny Benjamin, campaigner and filmmaker. We will also be asking families to share their thoughts on what they would like to see being put in place to support their needs and Jami will be capturing family feedback.

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Exec Summary: December 2016

I am writing this article in an atmosphere of sadness.

My community of Hampstead Garden Suburb suffered a deep tragedy on 12 December when our friend Stuart Epstein suddenly passed away, aged just 44, leaving his wife and three young children, parents and siblings. Stuart’s sudden passing has led to an outpouring of sadness and grief within the community. He was a deservedly popular man, who always had a kind or funny word for everybody, was friendly, charitable, inspiring and a pleasure to know. He lived to meet his own aspiration, which was to always be a mensch.

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