No to Rockets, Yes to Peace

Together with community colleagues, we invite you to participate in sharing the message “No to rockets, Yes to peace” this Sunday 16th May, 10am to 12noon. 

Israel is facing an unprecedented barrage of rockets from terrorist organisations, with over 2000 already fired. These rockets are targeting the Southern communities of Israel, as well as key population centres like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  

Tragically, a number of Israeli citizens have been killed in recent days. Despite Israel’s best efforts to minimise casualties among non-combatants, Palestinian civilians have also died. We mourn the loss of all innocent life and pray for the recovery of all those who have been injured.  

Israel is facing a serious threat. As Israel is bombarded with missiles from Gaza and malicious lies are spread online, we invite you to send a message of solidarity to Israel and to share our collective wish for peace. We will also show our friends and neighbours across the UK that supporters of Israel want peace.

We call on our community to show their support for Israel by taking part in a Covid-safe demonstration of solidarity accessible to all. We ask you to gather outside, either in a garden or somewhere near your home, with either a group of 6 people or two households maintaining social distancing, to take a picture with the attached graphic.  

We want to send a clear message:  

No to rockets. Yes to peace.  

We invite you to post your picture on social media with the hashtag #NoToRocketsYesToPeace

Leading communal organisations will then share the messages on social media.

For maximum impact, we are asking people to do this between 10am and 12noon this Sunday, 16 May.

Sadly, there is a direct link between conflict in the Middle East and increased cases of antisemitism in the UK. If you do experience or see antisemitism, whether in person or online, please report it to the Community Security Trust here: 


JLC Hustings for the 2021 Local Elections


Formal alliance between Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region and the Jewish Leadership Council announced

On the 16th May 2021, JLC Trustee Mark Adlestone OBE DL will become Chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region.

The appointment comes at an important time for the community with the Jewish Strategic Group – a group of organisations from across the community who have been meeting regularly during Covid-19 – formalised in July 2020. The Jewish Strategy Group is chaired by Mark Adlestone and co-ordinated by the JLC’s North West Regional Manager, Marc Levy.

In order to solidify the accomplishments of this group and enable the Representative Council to speak with a collective and legitimate voice, the Representative Council and Jewish Leadership Council will form an alliance. 

Mark Adlestone will oversee this transition with Marc Levy, with the support of the JLC’s Co-CEOs.  Marc Levy will be seconded to the Representative Council as Chief Executive Officer alongside his current role, where he will be able to utilise his extensive contacts both within the community and with various external stakeholders. The dynamic leadership brought about by the changes will enable both organisations to effectively represent the entire Greater Manchester Jewish community. 

Mark Adlestone OBE DL said:

“The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region has a rich 102 year history. This is an exciting time for the representative structures of our community.  As chair of the Jewish Strategic Group, I have seen first-hand the unique collaboration between our communal bodies and partners from wider society.  This has created the perfect environment for me to assess how we recognise the potential of the Representative Council and review how it will evolve during my tenure.

“During the difficulties experienced during the pandemic, the JLC led on coordinating our internal communal response whilst magnifying our concerns directly with key decision makers across government.  It launched campaigns to provide financial assistance to those charities across the region who are tasked with supporting the vulnerable and needy in our community.  Recognising the integral role played by the JLC, I realise it is essential to establish an alliance between the two organisations.  This will ensure the Representative Council develops into an effective and authoritative voice for the entire Jewish community.

“I am delighted that Marc Levy has agreed to be seconded to the Representative Council as Chief Executive Officer.  His extensive contacts both within our community and externally with elected politicians from local and national government will be invaluable as we seek to implement our ambitious plans.”


Marc Levy, incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Representative Council for Greater Manchester said:

“I am honoured and privileged to have been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region.  Having lived in Greater Manchester my whole life, I am humbled to be able to represent the community I am proud to be a part of.  I am also grateful to the Co-CEOs of the Jewish Leadership Council for allowing me this tremendous opportunity. Combining the two roles will enable me to use my contacts with local and national government to effectively advocate for our community. 

“This restructuring comes at an exciting time for the representative structures of Greater Manchester following on from the ground-breaking success of the Jewish Strategic Group.  I am excited to be working alongside Mark Adlestone OBE DL to implement an enterprising, dynamic and far reaching agenda designed to proactively represent our diverse community.”


Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes, Co-CEOs of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted to further support Greater Manchester through Marc taking on this role. Marc has always brought energy, passion and determination to his work and this move is a recognition of his ability and his drive. The dynamism we have seen during the pandemic has shown what is possible.”


Russell Conn, President of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said:

“I am thrilled that Mark Adlestone will become Chair of the Representative Council following the AGM in May.  It is fantastic that someone with Mark’s experience and connections will proactively be building on our illustrious 101 year history.  As President, I can therefore say without hesitation that I look forward to working closely with Mark and that the Representative Council has an exciting future.

“The Representative Council has been central to the communal response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  I am absolutely delighted that our whole community has come together in such an effective manner.

“Central to this has been the work of the JLC who have been instrumental in our significant achievements.  As we move into a new chapter, I feel it is right and proper that an alliance between the two organisations is formally established.  This is merely recognising how the community is presently operating and will bring an added impetus to our development.  Our work over the last 12 months has showcased how the relationships on a local and national level held by the JLC have been utilised to discuss and resolve critically important issues.  Officially linking the two organisations will provide an obvious benefit not just to the Representative Council but our whole community.  We also look forward to maintaining our close relationship with the Board of Deputies.”


Leeds Jewish Representative Council and Jewish Leadership Council launch Manifesto for West Yorkshire Mayoral Election and announce hustings date

The Leeds Jewish Representative Council and Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) have today released their manifesto for the forthcoming inaugural election for the Mayor of West Yorkshire.

Further to the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal announced in March 2020, the region will now be electing its first Metro Mayor this May. The Mayor will chair the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which includes the local authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

This manifesto launch comes in advance of a joint JLC and Leeds Jewish Representative Council hustings taking place on 26th April at 4:30pm. Confirmed candidates include Labour’s Tracy Brabin MP and Matthew Robinson of the Conservative Party. Stewart Golton of the Liberal Democrats and Andrew Cooper of the Green Party have both also been invited. The hustings will be chaired by Simon Myerson QC of the Leeds Jewish Representative Council.

The hustings will be streamed live and will be able to be viewed on the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and JLC Facebook Pages.

Commenting in the Manifesto foreword, Lisa Baker, President of the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and JLC Yorkshire and East Coast Regional Manager Miki Vyse said:

“The issues raised within this manifesto will require partnership with politicians and community leaders for years to come. We hope this manifesto can serve as a foundation of the work to be done during the election and beyond.”

The Manifesto can be viewed by clicking here.


Jewish Manifesto for Scotland Launched

The Jewish Community has launched its Manifesto for Scotland. The Jewish Manifesto for Scotland, prepared by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and the Jewish Leadership Council, address the issues that concern Jewish citizens of Scotland.

The community's policy priorities are summarised in the "#TenCommitments" that the Jewish Community is asking candidates to support.  These include implementation of the Internationally recognised definition of antisemitism, ensuring faith and culturally sensitive provision of public services, and supporting anti-racist education.

The manifesto can be viewed here.

A spokesperson for the organisations said:

"The last year has been incredibly hard for everyone. As Scotland recovers and rebuilds from the pandemic, this Jewish Manifesto for Scotland provides future MSPs with a guide to how to support the Scottish Jewish community. We look forward to engaging and working with the new Scottish Parliament and Government on implementing our manifesto proposals, and we urge all candidates and elected representatives to endorse the principles summarised in the #tencommitments to help ensure that Scotland continues to be a great place to be Jewish. "

Alan Kay, Chair, The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

Paul Edlin, Chair, Glasgow Jewish Representative Council

Marie van der Zyl, President, Board of Deputies of British Jews

Jonathan Goldstein, Chair, Jewish Leadership Council


London Jewish Forum launch Jewish Manifesto for London

The Jewish community has launched a manifesto for the London Mayoral and Assembly elections. The Jewish Manifesto for London, drafted by the London Jewish Forum, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council, addresses the issues that concern Jewish Londoners. The community’s policy priorities are summarised in the manifesto’s #TenCommitments that candidates are being asked to support, that include implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, ensuring faith and culturally sensitive provision of public services and opposition to boycotts of Israel.

Adrian Cohen and Andrew Gilbert, Co-Chairs of the London Jewish Forum said: “We are delighted to be launching the Jewish Manifesto for London 2021. The last year has been incredibly tough for Londoners, including our Jewish community. This manifesto will give our elected officials a guide to addressing the needs of London’s Jewish community as we come out of this pandemic. We very much look forward to working with the next Mayor, their team and the London Assembly to support the Jewish community.”


Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies said: “As our society recovers from the pandemic, this manifesto provides a road map to elected representatives on how they can serve their Jewish constituents. Following its recommendations will help ensure that the Jewish community is supported and valued.”

Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council said: “Following consultation with our member organisations we are pleased to present the Jewish Manifesto for London, outlining the priorities of Jewish Londoners. As we recover from the pandemic, a strong relationship between London’s politicians and the Jewish community couldn’t be more important. We look forward to working with our communal partners on the implementation of this manifesto.”

Read the Jewish Manifesto for London here.


The London Jewish Forum, Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council will be hosting Jewish community hustings for the Mayoral Election on 19th April. Alongside this, there will also be hustings in other London Assembly constituencies. More details can be found at


JLC and Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester launch manifesto for Manchester Mayoral Election ahead of Jewish hustings

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Jewish Representative Council for Greater Manchester have today released their manifesto for the forthcoming election for the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

This comes in advance of a joint JLC-The Fed-Jewish-Representative Council of Greater Manchester hustings taking place this evening at 7pm and streamed live over social media. The hustings will see incumbent Andy Burnham of the Labour Party go head to head against the Conservative candidate Laura Evans, Liberal Democrat Simon Lepori and Green Party candidate Melanie Horrocks. It will be chaired by Mark Adlestone OBE DL who leads the Jewish Strategic Group for the city.

Commenting in the Manifesto foreword, Mark Adlestone OBE DL, Rep Council Chair Russell Conn and JLC North West Regional Manager Marc Levy said:

“The current climate makes strong relationships between the community and elected politicians crucial. It is hoped that the key tasks highlighted in this manifesto will become the foundation of the work to be undertaken following this election. Furthermore, we commit to working alongside all communities to deliver a safe, cohesive, inclusive and shared Greater Manchester that everyone can enjoy.”

To read the manifesto click here.

  1. The joint hustings taking place this evening will be streamed from the JLC Facebook Page at - alternatively it can be accessed via Zoom using ID: 838 9408 7173, Passcode: 454761
  2. The JLC will also be partnering for hustings for the Mayoral elections in Liverpool (12 April), the West Midlands (13 April) and Greater London (19 April).
  3. In addition hustings will be held for the London Assembly constituencies of Ealing & Hillingdon (20 April), Barnet & Camden (26 April) and Harrow & Brent (29 April)
  4. Hustings will also be held for two wards for Hertfordshire County Council elections; Borehamwood ward (28 April) and Bushey North ward (29 April)

Dominic Raab meets Jewish community leaders to discuss Uyghurs, human rights and Middle East


Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today met representatives from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss subjects including the Uyghur crisis in China, the upcoming Human Rights Council and Government support for an international fund for Middle East peace.

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein said: “We would like to thank the Foreign Secretary for meeting with us and discussing these important matters for our community.”

Attending the meeting were Marie van  der Zyl, Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein, Jewish Leadership Council Co-Chief Executive Claudia Mendoza and Board of Deputies Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg.


JLC confirms Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes as permanent Co CEOs

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) today announces that its interim Co CEOs, Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes, have accepted their roles on a permanent basis.

The pair were appointed on an interim basis in June 2020 following the departure of former JLC CEO Simon Johnson, whilst continuing their existing positions of Director of Policy and Public Affairs and Executive Director of Lead. Following a thorough internal process, JLC  trustees agreed that Claudia and Michelle had both impressed and excelled in their roles and were the right candidates for the challenges ahead.

This is the first time that a major Jewish communal organisation in the UK has appointed Co CEOs. This model of leadership has been welcomed by the JLC membership and praised by community leaders for demonstrating flexible, diverse, and innovative approaches to communal leadership.

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Premier League adopts IHRA working definition of antisemitism

The Premier League has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, as part of its ongoing commitment to promote equality and diversity, and to combat discrimination of any form in football.

The Premier League is the latest organisation to recognise the working definition, which has been formally adopted by the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the United States, the European Parliament and more than 30 other countries.

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