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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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Exeter and the JLC co-host debate on the representation of Israel in UK academic discourse

2nd February 2016: The University of Exeter and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) have co-hosted a special event to debate how Israel is represented in academic discussions across the UK.

The event, which took place on Monday, February 1 under the title of ‘The treatment of Israel in academic discourse at UK Universities’, featured academics, students from the University and representatives from the Jewish community debating both sides of the major topic.

This debate was designed to allow debates pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to occur whilst upholding the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech. This followed discussions between the JLC and the University of Exeter in the lead-up to last year’s academic conference on ‘Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin’, during which the University announced it would hold a supplementary event to provide an opportunity for further debate.

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Jewish Leadership Council Welcomes New Vice Presidents

The Jewish Leadership Council has announced four new Vice Presidents - Lord Finkelstein, Lord Kestenbaum, Baroness Neuberger and Lord Palmer of Childs Hill – for an initial three year term.

Whereas the council’s members represent specific organisations, the role of the JLC's Vice-Presidents is to act as a resource to support the Jewish community leadership by advising the JLC's Trustees and Council of Membership. The new Vice Presidents will add their experience to the seven Vice Presidents who have been reappointed and continue to support the Jewish community and the JLC.

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Sir Mick Davis Statement on the Passing of Lord Weidenfeld

Lord Weidenfeld was a leader, thinker and businessman whose thoughts and understanding of our changing world were sought after by leaders the world over. He had a broad view of the world and how it could be shaped for the benefit of mankind. He was innovative and tireless in his search for solutions to the challenges of our time.  He was a remarkable philanthropist and amongst his last acts was the rescuing and resettling of Christian families from Syria and Iraq. That epitomises his legacy. I am deeply saddened by his loss but take comfort that we are all better off for his extraordinary contribution to this country and society across the world.

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The Jewish Leadership Council Meets With Prime Minister David Cameron

Today, (Wednesday 13th January) the Jewish Leadership Council was at Number 10 Downing Street for the Jewish community’s annual meeting with the Prime Minister. The meeting was an opportunity to raise concerns and issues facing the Jewish community. It highlighted the continuing support from the Prime Minister and how Jewish initiatives will support key government policies.

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JLC Trustees Sir Mick Davis & Leo Noé Present To The Accelerate Conference On Behalf Of Kemach Foundation

Sir Mick Davis, Chair of the JLC and Leo Noé, Treasurer of the JLC are both Trustees of the Kemach Foundation. The Kemach Foundation creates opportunities for Haredim to enter the Israeli work force by individually addressing financial and academic challenges and facilitating job placement. Kemach has rapidly grown into Israel's premier umbrella agency for Haredi education and employment.

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Chair's Message: December 2015

The absolute horror of Friday 13th November, 2015 will live long in all our memories:  cowardly deeds of infamy by people who have no soul and no compassion for their fellow man. Purveyors of terror who hate for no reason and who seek to undermine all that we hold dear.  Innocent civilians socialising as they would on any other evening, spending time with their loved ones or friends, only to be attacked by radicalised Islamic terrorists. Having recently suffered the Charlie Hebdo attacks Paris reels as do we all and  the war on terror has now taken on  a new significance with the west fully affected by it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said  “Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with President Francois Hollande and with the French people in the war against terrorism.” We all do! Especially when the Ken Livingstone’s of this world seek to explain the actions of these Islamic extremists as ones of justly aggrieved victims of Western aggression, as he did when he  commented the other day on the perpetrators of London’s terror nightmare of 7/7. I am not sure which is more sickening; the brutal acts of these terrible people or the disgusting justifications which come from those whose own moral compass have shattered in some extreme leftist ideological tryst.

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Jewish Leadership Council Hires Director of External Affairs

The JLC has announced today the appointment of Bernard Hughes as the new Director of External Affairs. This appointment is part of a strategy the JLC is implementing to facilitate and strengthen the Jewish community’s ability to engage on social, political and policy matters.

Following a nationwide search that attracted a high calibre of applicants, the JLC has appointed Bernard Hughes who will undertake the role from the 4th January 2016.

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Exec Summary: December 2015

One Newspaper. Four Days. Two opinions.

The Guardian newspaper, at the end of October, unwittingly presented two sides of a debate current in civil society regarding the rights and the wrongs of boycotts of Israel. And it revealed the misplaced obsession of those who call for boycotts of Israel.

First, there was the hugely significant letter, signed by over 150 influential figures in the arts and cultural worlds, organised by a new group called “Culture for Co-existence”, stating their opposition to boycotts of Israel.  They described boycotts as “divisive and discriminatory” and advocated that culture should be used to break down divisions and promote peace and co-existence. With stellar figures such as Hilary Mantel, Melvin Bragg, JK Rowling, Niall Ferguson, Zoe Wannamaker amongst an illustrious group of signatories, one would have hoped that this message would begin to resonate.

But no. Four days later, the BDS obsessives were back in The Guardian peddling their message. This time, an advert was paid for by over 350 academics calling for an academic boycott of Israeli educational institutions. Many of the signatories were the same old “usual suspects”, who had made this call before, supplemented by an assortment of largely anonymous academics.

These two interventions in The Guardian rather framed the debate. A message of peace and co-existence advocated from within the cultural world and a message of division and boycott from a self selecting group of academics.

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JLC at Limmud 2016

Limmud is one of the great Anglo-Jewish creations. It provides a phenomenal opportunity to learn about different aspects of Jewish life, culture and thought. Its success at bringing people together and creating a vibrant atmosphere for growth and the free exchange of ideas has inspired Limmud ‘franchises’ across the diaspora. Limmud is a wonderful example of the successful embodiment of one of the JLC’s core objectives: including more Jews in communal life for the betterment of the whole of British Jewry.

This year the JLC is proud to be contributing two panel discussions to Limmud, with the hopes of both raising issues of importance to Jewish life and also helping to illustrate to the community what the JLC and our member organisations are seeking to achieve.

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