World Jewish Relief Launches Employment Programme For UK Refugees

As mentioned previously in Chairman Mick Davis piece, World Jewish Relief has developed a unique programme praised by the British government to respond to Syrian refugees arriving in the UK. As the international refugee crisis has reached the UK, World Jewish Relief’s international expertise will now be applied here too. Responding to calls to act from our supporters and the wider Jewish community, World Jewish Relief will support 1,000 Syrian refugees to integrate into British life over the next five years.

The British Jewish community’s response to the international refugee appeal has been enormous and heart-warming. World Jewish Relief has raised over £820,000 towards our work to support refugees in Greece and Turkey. However, we could not ignore the volume and intensity of calls for us to bring that international work to the UK to support some of the 20,000 Syrian refugees who will be arriving here over the next five years.

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Jewish School Awards 2016

PaJeS and the Jewish News welcomed over 200 guests to the inaugural Jewish Schools Awards on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at JW3 in London. The evening began with a canape reception catered by Zest in the restaurant and café area of JW3, followed by the awards ceremony in the Howard Hall. The evening was generously sponsored by Marc and Emma Samuels of the Emmes Foundation.

In September and October 2015, parents, students and colleagues submitted over 280 nominations for 125 primary and secondary school teachers in four categories. These were whittled down to a shortlist of three finalists per award, who were profiled in the Jewish News and in the Jewish Schools Awards event brochure. A judging panel had the difficult task of selecting the winners, who were announced by each of the award sponsors on the night of the awards ceremony. Our judges included Lord Winston; Sue Williamson, chief executive of the Schools, Students and Teachers Network; Alastair Falk, former head of PaJeS; Karen Harris, managing director of and Richard Ferrer, editor of the Jewish News.

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May 2016 - The Relaunch Of Adam Science

To inspire and empower young Jewish adults to lead, and to know how and where they can best contribute to a vibrant and vital UK Jewish community’, Adam Science 2016 Vision

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Forget The Work Out! Work In With WE Hub.

If you haven’t already heard, WE Hub (Wohl Enterprise Hub), powered by Work Avenue, is the new, fabulously furnished local business hotspot, primarily for the Jewish community.

Whether you’re looking to rent ongoing office space, use a meeting room or pop in with a colleague for breakfast or lunch, WE Hub is the place to be seen and heard.

Hosted by Mark Morris, Chairman of Work Avenue and Maurice Golker, the launch on 24 January 2016 was attended by a mass of prominent business professionals. From the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, Professor David Latchman CBE, Chairman, Mrs Ella Latchman, Trustee and Martin Paisner, Trustee. Also mingling with the crowd, The Mayor and Mayoress of Barnet, Lord Livingston, former Trade and Industry Minister, Local MP Mike Freer, Stephen Pack, President of the US and the building Chief Executive, Mr Shraga Zaltzman, amongst others.

Situated in Finchley Central, on Redbourne Avenue, WE Hub boasts three stories of bright, modern office space, including hot spot desk areas and small and large meeting rooms, kitted out with all the latest technology and equipment. The Hub also features a fully-furnished kitchen complete with delicious sandwiches and salads, snacks and Costa Coffee.

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External Affairs Director, Bernard Hughes, Looks To The Future And His First Weeks In The Role

My life changed when I met a survivor in 1983. The profound nature of their story, the welcome I was given in their home, and the incredible success of their family, left a deep affinity and respect for the Jewish community that has stayed with me for over thirty years.  Previous visits to Israel have brought alive the dynamism of Tel Aviv, the humbling experience of Yad Vashem, and the unparalleled history of Jerusalem. It is with a sense of huge honour and commitment that I joined the JLC in January.

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21st Century Jewish Teens Conference

Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are the people of today. They are entitled to be taken seriously.."  –Janusz Korczak

Reshet, 'network' in Hebrew, is a small hub designed to further enhance informal Jewish education in the British Jewish community.  Reshet is cross-communal, supporting Jewish youth work throughout the UK. Please have a look at the Reshet website for more information about our work.

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University of Exeter and the JLC co-host a debate on the representation of Israel in UK academic discourse by Barnaby Powell, Vice President of the Exeter Jewish Society

In October of last year an academic conference was held at the University of Exeter on the topic of whether Israel was a settler colonial state. Whilst attracting significant academic interest it was not particularly well advertised to students, and with no students participating, it did not feel particularly accommodating to the student population. This was troubling to me because of the emotive nature of the debate. The JLC acknowledged this and worked hard to ensure another debate took place involving students, and so was born the debate/lecture last week entitled “the treatment of Israel in academic discourse at UK universities”, chaired by Sir Steve Smith, the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

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Exec's Summary: February 2016

The values of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are deep seated British values but in this last month they seem to have been denied to those who wish to speak for and support the Jewish community and Israel.

The violent and intimidating protests outside a pro-Israel event at Kings College London were a disturbing example of how little restraint and respect exists amongst those for whom protest against Israel is the prime objective.  I welcome the rapid response of the Police and the commitment by the King’s College Vice Chancellor to bring disciplinary action against perpetrators and to invite the speaker to return.

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Chair's Message: February 2016

One of the most important dates in the JLC calendar is our meeting with the Prime Minister. In the days following, what was a fantastically positive dialogue with the leader of Her Majesty’s Government, the focus has been on the male dominated make-up of our delegation. As you all know I am not one to shy away from an issue, especially important one’s such as deficiency of women in the ranks of Jewish leadership. As a community we all need to continue to take steps to change the face of our community’s leadership – a process which began when I established the Commission for Women in Jewish Leadership in late 2011.

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JLC Announces External Affairs Manager Roles in Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester

The JLC is recruiting three External Affairs Managers based in Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester to support the needs of the Jewish community in these important political hubs.

The newly-created roles will increase the JLC’s ability to provide practical advocacy support to communities in major Jewish centres and follows a period of consultation with local organisations including The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, Leeds Jewish Representative Council, Manchester Representative Council and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. The new External Affairs Managers will provide additional communal advocacy resource as well as supporting local lay leaders.

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