Envision 2015: A New Landscape For Women Leaders

Over May and June 2015, Lead ran ‘Envision 2015: a new landscape for women leaders’. This innovative leadership development programme for women communal professionals was developed by Lead following a recommendation of the JLC Women’s Commission to develop bespoke leadership development for senior women professionals. Envision 2015 was split into 2 modules; a two day leadership development module and a one day leadership skills day.

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Jewish Leadership Council Pays Tribute To Departing Ambassador H.E. Daniel Taub

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) today joined with other communal leaders in paying fulsome tribute to the outgoing Israel Ambassador to the Court of St James, H.E. Daniel Taub, who has announced that he is relinquishing his post and returning to Israel.

Sir Mick Davis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the JLC, said;

Daniel Taub has been an exemplary and outstanding Ambassador of the State of Israel in the UK. In his four years in post, he has been an articulate, inspiring, passionate and balanced advocate for the State of Israel.  His collegiate, friendly and outgoing manner, together with his ready wit, deep learning ,  knowledge and empathy with the UK Jewish Community, has made him one of the best friends this community could have had as an Ambassador from Israel. His speeches and media comments were always measured, sensible and motivational.  The UK community will miss his deep care, his accessibility, and his ready smile at the numerous community events which he made it his business to attend. The UK community’s loss is the people of Israel’s gain. We wish him every success and he and his family only joy and happiness in the next stage of their lives.

For further information, please contact Simon Johnson, Chief Executive, on 0207 042 8681 or by email at [email protected]


Jewish Leadership Council Plays Key Role In Chief Rabbi’s 2nd Annual Regional Presidents Conference

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) was honoured to have been asked to contribute key sessions to the Chief Rabbis’s Regional President’s Conference held at the Yeshurun Synagogue in Manchester on 7th June 2015.

JLC Chief Executive, Simon Johnson, talked about how a Shul could contribute to communal vitality, drawing on early conclusions from the JLC’s Synagogue Vitality Project. JLC Trustee and President of the United Synagogue, Stephen Pack, gave a presentation on the US Strategic Review and what lessons could be derived by Regional shuls. United Synagogue Director of Young People and Young Families, David Collins, then explained about the many different services offered by TRIBE to young people within regional communities.

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JLC CEO Speaks at Celebration of Jewish News 40 Under 40 and 25 Under 25 Winners Evening

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JLC Welcomes Universities UK Statement on NUS Approval of BDS Motion

Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the JLC, has welcomed the statement issued by Universities UK, the representative organisation for UK's universities,  on academic boycotts and academic freedom issued in response to the decision of the NEC of the National Union of Students to affiliate with the BDS movement. Mr Johnson said

We welcome the unequivocal statement of Universities UK that it opposes any academic boycott of Israeli universities.  We  thank them for issuing this statement so quickly.

The statement of Universities UK is as follows.

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JLC Statement on Dropped Anti-Israel Proposal at FIFA Congress

Upon hearing that the Palestinian FA is to drop its bid to suspend Israel from FIFA, Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) CEO Simon Johnson has said the following:

I welcome the decision of the Palestinian Football Association to withdraw its vindictive and politically motivated proposal to suspend the Israel Football Association from world football.

As a result, the FIFA Congress will not be required to vote on this matter. I call on FIFA to amend its statutes as soon as possible so that it is never again possible for one football association to threaten the suspension of another for political reasons and for such a proposal to go on the Agenda of the FIFA Congress.

Football is about unity and peace and my call on FIFA aims to ensure this remains the case.


Chair's Message: May 2015

The JLC Council of Members Meeting of April 2015 was the last to be chaired by Vivian Wineman, before he stepped down as President of the Board of Deputies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vivian for his service as Chair of the JLC Council of Members as well as his dedicated service as President of the Board of Deputies. Vivian was the first Chair of the Council of membership of the JLC, taking the role as Chair at the very first meeting of the newly constituted Council in October 2010.During Vivian’s period as Chair of Council, the Schools Strategy Implementation Group completed its work which culminated in the formation of PaJeS, and two commissions were set up and completed their work: the Commission on Women’s Leadership and the Commission on Informal Provision for Young People. The recommendations of both commissions were accepted by the JLC and either have been or are in the process of being implemented. During Vivian’s term of office there has been a substantial increase in the membership of the JLC. At his first meeting in October 2010, there were 19 member organisations, whereas today the membership stands at 29 organisations spread across the various facets of communal life across the United Kingdom. I am sure that Vivian will look back over these past 6 years as President of the JLC with much satisfaction as the organisation has grown to represent almost every facet of Jewish Life in the UK. It has also been a very complex period in the history of the Community and I pay tribute to Vivian’s commitment to the service of the Community. He leaves office with the best wishes of all the members of the JLC.

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Exec Summary: May 2015

I joined the JLC in October 2013 from the world of football, where I had worked for the preceding 10 years. I never imagined just how much my previous career and my current role would overlap.

It started in December last year when Nicolas Anelka celebrated a goal for West Bromwich Albion by making the notorious “quenelle” gesture. It led to a charge by The FA against Anelka of making a racially aggravated “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper gesture”, of which he was eventually convicted and suspended. I liaised with The FA on procedural issues, advised communal organisations on how best to respond during the investigation and ended up commenting widely on the verdict when it was delivered.

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The Community’s Biggest Sporting Event Of The Year Gets Even BIGGER!

This year’s Maccabi GB Community Fun Run – the biggest sporting fundraiser in the communal calendar – is getting bigger! The event now includes five ‘races’ – including a brand new 5km Walk and ‘Tri-Run Challenge’ – a record-breaking 48 charitable organisations taking part and, for the first time, a brand new Health & Wellbeing Hub for participants and spectators alike.

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Seven Ways to Help Save Modern and Biblical Hebrew Qualifications

With the introduction of new GCSE and A level specifications for languages from 2016, exam boards have announced their intention not to redevelop qualifications in a range of small-entry languages, including Modern Hebrew A-Level. AQA informed schools of their decision to withdraw this qualification at the start of 2015. Other small-entry languages, including Biblical Hebrew, present ‘significant awarding and resourcing challenges,’ according to one of the awarding bodies, and are currently under discussion.

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