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UJIA Super Sunday

UJIA held their bi-annual Super Sunday telethon event on Sunday 4th December. Representatives from the youth movements, trustees and other volunteers hit the phones with UJIA staff and raised over £60,000. To celebrate going above the £50,000 mark the volunteers and staff celebrated by taking part in a Mannequin Challenge which can be found on UJIA’s Facebook page. If you would like to volunteer at a future Super Sunday please send your name to [email protected].

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Balfour 100

On 2nd November 2017, Jewish communities around the world, and in particular, the British Jewish community will come together to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration; the 67 words that led to the creation of the State of Israel. In order to mark this historic occasion, our community has come together to host a number of events and provide a wide range of resources that will mark the anniversary under the banner of the ‘Balfour 100’ campaign. The Balfour 100 campaign launched on 2nd November this year.

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Face The Truth – Domestic Violence & Abuse Happens In Your Area

One in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence and abuse during their lifetime. Jewish women are no different, and for 30 years JWA (Jewish Women’s Aid) has been there to help them. Yet it has long been a taboo – people just don’t want to talk about it or acknowledge the problem. This means it’s a hidden problem, and the women and children who need JWA don’t know they exist.

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PaJeS Heads Residential Seminar – 28th to 29th November 2016

At the end of November, PaJeS held its second residential seminar for Head Teachers at Hunton Park in Hertfordshire. Thirty one head teachers came together from both primary and secondary Jewish Schools and came from as far afield as Calderwood Lodge Primary School in Glasgow. The seminar was a great opportunity to get head teachers together and to discuss many topics as well as getting advice and giving guidance.

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Reshet: The Network for Jewish Youth Provision

Reshet: the Network for Jewish Youth Provision was established by the Jewish Leadership Council and UJIA in April 2015, following a thought-provoking piece of research.

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JLC Statement On Recent Populus Findings

Commenting on the new BICOM poll, which has uncovered even stronger opposition to boycotts of Israel, Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

The findings of this report are positive and encouraging. The move in opinion against BDS demonstrates the work of various organisations to better inform the British public about the ongoing situation in the middle-east. Research like this is important in uncovering true public opinion which is often misrepresented across the UK. I hope that this study acts as a foundation from which we can build on when looking to further educate on Israel issues in the future.

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Balfour 100 Campaign And Website Launches

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As we begin the year’s countdown to the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on 2nd November 2017, we are proud to announce the launch of the Balfour 100 campaign and Balfour 100 website.

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Joint Statement From the Board of Deputies, Union of Jewish Students, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust

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Statement on the passing of Sir Sigmund Sternberg

Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

Sir Sigmund Sternberg was not only one of the great Jewish philanthropists, he was also a pioneer of global Jewish-Christian relations through his work with the Council of Christians and Jews. His story of arriving in Britain in 1939 from Hungary is a similar one to many of his generation. Through dedication and hard work he succeeded in building his successful business and devoted his life to charitable causes.

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Comment on the Home Affairs Select Committee report into antisemitism

“Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the JLC, Said

“The Home Affairs Select Committee have delivered a serious report which has made serious recommendations. We welcome the fact that this independent, cross party group of MP’s has produced a unanimous report which sets out a road map for concrete action to address anti-Semitism in all its forms. The proposal of a working definition for anti-Semitism is a welcome start  and their proposals to address the intolerable rise in hate speech online are timely and necessary.

The report correctly says that it is not anti-Semitic to criticize or campaign against the actions of the Israeli Government but it should be noted that disproportionate criticism of the Israeli Government is problematic. The report highlights but does not endorse my views that anti Zionism of the 21st century is anti-Semitic; it nevertheless makes very cogent comments and  recommendations about the Zionism and anti-Semitism.

The JLC and CST will work together with our partners to ensure recommendations are carried out as quickly as possible”

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