We Believe In Israel Publishes New Booklet Titled “Zionism, Israel, and the Palestinians”

We Believe in Israel has published a new booklet “Zionism, Israel, and the Palestinians”, by Professor Alan Johnson. It aims to help all activists engage in a constructive debate about Israel and the Palestinians.

The booklet was written with student activists in mind, as university campuses are often the place where the debate about Israel becomes so emotive and distorted. This is a huge concern. Universities are the place where young people engage with global issues and are a vital part of civil society with an important role supporting Israelis and Palestinians working for a peaceful 'two-state solution' to the conflict.

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JLC Hosts Its Annual Peers Tea

The JLC recently hosted its yearly Shavuot tea for Jewish members of the House of Lords. The reception was addressed by His Excellency Mark Regev, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Court of St James’.

The peers also heard from Jewish Leadership Council Vice Presidents Lord Jonathan Kestenbaum and Baroness Julia Neuberger as well as former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

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Talya Wins Hearts And Smashes The £1m Mark At Kisharon Dinner

There was a kvell-factor at Kisharon’s 40th anniversary dinner when Talya Jacobson, 21, the eldest daughter of Kisharon Chief Executive Dr Beverley Jacobson and husband Alan, addressed a 700-strong crowd at the Park Lane Hilton on Sunday 22 May.  Talya, who has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning difficulties, decided to make her maiden speech only that morning – as a result the evening raised a record £1,007,500 for the special educational needs charity.

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UJIA Sports Night Raises £115,000 For Co-existence Football In Israel

Committee chairman Clive Nathan, who recently visited the Equalizer Programme in Haifa, told 250 sports fans of how “it was an amazing experience to be there and see the reality of young Jews, Arabs and Druze playing together, laughing together and just being together.”

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Working Together To Create A Supportive And Outstanding School Community

PaJeS believes that collaboration is essential for the future of Jewish schools. We are therefore creating the Jewish Schools Network (JSN) - an umbrella organisation that will support clusters of Jewish schools across the UK and offer them competitive, sustainable and high quality educational programming, services and support. The JSN will help to give strategic vision to schools as well as providing a platform for schools to work together, achieving economies of scale and enhancing the quality of the provision being delivered to students.

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Jewish Communal Trustees Conference 2016

On Tuesday 28th June, Lead in partnership with the JVN will be hosting the annual Jewish Communal Trustees Conference.

Joined by the Chief Executive of Directory of Social Change Debra Allcock Tyler, participants will hear from an array of experts on an evening of learning and networking.

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JLC Appoints External Affairs Managers in Manchester and Scotland

The JLC has appointed Marc Levy, a long term member of the Manchester community, to the newly created position of External Affairs Manager for the North West.

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Exec's Summary: June 2016

In the last couple of months, we have been involved in as many as four separate Inquiries and taskforces looking at the question of antisemitism.  There are the Inquiries by Baroness Royall and Shami Chakrabati into antisemitism in the Labour Party from various perspectives, the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Antisemitism and a very welcome Universities UK session on antisemitism as part of their Harassment Taskforce.

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From The Chairman's Desk: June 2016

Unfortunately, terror is an omnipresent factor in our daily lives.

Late last week Jo Cox MP was brutally murdered in the streets of sleepy Birstall as she prepared to meet with constituents. Those who knew her have spoken of a tireless public servant, a remarkable person who was loved and respected by all.  How tragic it is that only her untimely death to bring about just a brief moment of unity as we have all stepped back to consider the temper and tone of today’s fractured and acrimonious political discourse. We all mourn her loss and extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, Brendan and their two children.

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Jewish Leadership Council Appoints New Vice Presidents

The Jewish Leadership Council has appointed five new Vice-Presidents to join its varied and experienced leadership team. David Dangoor, Louise Ellman MP, Dame Helen Hyde, Dr Moshe Kantor and Karen Pollock MBE have been appointed for a new three year term.

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