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Jewish Community Meets With The Westminster Leadership Of The Scottish National Party (SNP)

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A Jewish communal delegation led by Jewish Leadership Council Chairman Sir Mick Davis met today with the Rt Hon Angus Robertson, leader of the SNP in Westminster and MP for Moray and Kirsten Oswald, MP for East Renfrewshire.

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JLC Statement on Baroness Royall Summary Report Being Published

We would like to express our appreciation to Baroness Royall for her efforts. However, we regard the exercise as incomplete until the release of the full inquiry and are disappointed with the NEC's decision to suppress it. Organisations that do not publish full reports tend to lose legitimacy in the eyes of the general public, as was the case when the media were rightly critical when FIFA tried to publish a very sanitised version into the World Cup bidding procedure. We expect the publication of the full Royall report along with the Chakrabarti Inquiry. We will continue to support our colleagues in the community with their submissions to the Chakrabarti Inquiry.

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Jewish Community To Mark Yom HaShoah And VE Day In Their Thousands This Sunday

Following last year’s largest ever Holocaust remembrance event in the UK, thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s Yom HaShoah National Commemorative Event.

At Barnet Copthall Stadium, this Sunday 8th May,the Jewish community will come together to mark Yom HaShoah (the Jewish National Holocaust Remembrance Day), and 71 years since Victory in Europe.

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Labour Party Inquiry Into Antisemitism and Racism

Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, Simon Johnson, said:

We note the Labour Party inquiry headed by Shami Chakrabarti and involving Professor Feldman. We trust that the inquiry will expeditiously reach robust conclusions and make constructive recommendations to deal with antisemitism within the Party, which will be acted upon by the party leadership.

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JLC Statement Following Ken Livingstone's Suspension From The Labour Party

Director of External Affairs for the Jewish Leadership Council, Bernard Hughes said:

We do not believe the Labour Party is institutionally racist or antisemitic but sadly there are individuals within the party whose views and statements are antisemitic and have really shocked us. The party leadership must now act decisively. The JLC will continue to give very strong support to efforts by CST and the All Party Parliamentary Group on antisemitism to combat this terrible issue.  We have supported the request by the Jewish Labour Movement to have Ken Livingstone suspended from Labour for the offensive remarks he made this morning.

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JLC And Social Care Leaders Meet At Downing Street

Chaired by the JLC, a delegation of chief executives from the community’s social care organisations met today with Nick Seddon, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister for Health and Social Care, at 10 Downing Street to discuss key issues facing the sector.

The meeting is the latest in a series of social care roundtables with Number 10, and follows the community’s successful annual meeting with the Prime Minister in January, at which social care was a central topic. On the agenda were a variety of issues, including the impact of the national living wage on the social care sector and improving awareness of mental health. Of particular interest were issues relating to domestic abuse and violence against women presented by Naomi Dickson, the Chief Executive of Jewish Women’s Aid.

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A Message of Condolence to Those Affected in The Brussels Terror Attacks

CEO Simon Johnson wrote the following in the book of condolences for those killed and injured in the recent Brussels terror attacks:

The Jewish Community of the UK stands in solidarity with and mourns with the people of Belgium. The vicious and indiscriminate nature of hatred and terrorism has been so cruelly demonstrated in Brussels. We send our condolences to those who have suffered loss and prayer for those who have been injured. We pray that the people of Belgium shall know only peace and be free from violence and bloodshed, from division and hatred.

You can write a message of support athttp://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/condolences.jsp

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Jewish Leadership Council Announces New Appointments

The JLC has today announced three new appointments to its central office, as part of its strategy to create communal capacity for strategic public policy outreach and to respond to today’s most important challenges whilst preparing for the future.

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JLC Meets With the Leader of Liberal Democrats

A Jewish communal delegation convened by Jewish Leadership Council Chairman Sir Mick Davis met yesterday with Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats.

In a very productive and friendly discussion, community leaders shared with Mr Farron their thoughts on a wide range of issues impacting upon the British Jewish community, as well as ways in which the Jewish community can work with the Liberal Democrats’ eight MPs, over 100 Peers and 1,800 local councillors.

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Q & A With University Jewish Chaplaincy Chief Operating Officer Sophie Dunoff

How do you feel your role at the Board of Deputies will set you up for your new position?

I feel very lucky to have worked at the Board of Deputies during a period of renewed energy under the direction of its current leadership and as part of its professional public affairs team. Putting the Board back at the heart of parliamentary and ministerial engagement on behalf of the Jewish community was an exhilarating and satisfying experience, one which also gave me a greater insight into the day to day concerns of Jews from across the UK. Drawing on my experiences of challenges and opportunities faced by Jews on a local level will stand me in good stead at University Jewish Chaplaincy, where we aim to be the first port of call for students in need of pastoral support. The structure of Chaplaincy and its national reach is not dissimilar to that of the Board - with more than 50 dedicated members of our own local Boards and our incredible network of chaplains present on more than 100 campuses throughout the country. At the end of the day, both organisations have a common goal: Jewish continuity through enabling a vibrant and secure Jewish experience in the UK, and on campuses respectively.

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