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Commission For Provision For Young People In The Jewish Community

How can the UK Jewish community best use its resources to engage Jewish young people in a Jewish journey? This is the issue at the heart of the Commission, set up in April 2013 as a partnership between the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and UJIA. In order to answer this question, it undertook to map the current informal provision for young people in the UK, identify and reflect on existing strategy, policy and provision, and assess how that provision has changed in the past generation. Between April and August it has collected data via surveys of organisational representatives and young people, and interviews of professionals working in Jewish Youth provision, lay leaders, young people and their parents. So far, we have received more than 600 written responses and we have interviewed more than 100 individuals. We are building up a complex picture of a Jewish community characterised by variety and diversity, which we are now in the process of organising into a report, which will be drafted through the Autumn. If you are between the age of 11 and 26, or can pass this on to someone in that age group, we would still like to hear from you. Our Youth Survey is still live - just click here.

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Jewish Teachers' Association Announces New Chair

The Jewish Teachers' Association is pleased to announce Allison Zionts as its new chair.

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Our Members

We are delighted to welcome Robert Weiner to the JLC Council of Membership in his new role as Chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism. Robert Weiner became Chair of Alyth in 2010 and professionay runs a consultancy business supporting schools and assisting companies. On joining the JLC Council, Robert commented “Having recently taken over as Chair of The movement for Reform Judaism, I’m delighted to represent the Movement on the JLC. I look forward to working with our partners on areas of common interest to build a firm foundation for the future of Jewish life in the United Kingdom”.

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Chair's Message: September 2013

This past year has been a momentous and generally positive one for the family of communal organisations and charities that come together under the framework of the JLC.

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Exec's Summary: September 2013

Just before the summer I was honoured to be asked to speak at Shimon Peres’ ninetieth birthday conference – Facing Tomorrow. I spoke on a panel addressing issues of future leadership, together with my USA counterpart Malcolm Honlein, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations. The American Jewish community is facing particular challenges in the area of leadership. This has been caused by the expected retirement of the long-standing CEOs of a number of major communal agencies combined with a perceived lack of new personalities entering the system on a lay level. The session was a great opportunity to articulate the growing array of leadership initiatives being delivered by Nicky Goldman and her team in our LEAD Division. It was reassuring to hear from the many other Diaspora communities represented at the session that our work in this area is viewed as ahead of the curve and in some instances as models of best practice.

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Q & A: Michael Ziff, Chairman Maccabi GB

1. What motivates you to be involved in communal life?

I want to be able to help people. I have been involved for many years in both Jewish and non-Jewish Community activities, including Maccabi GBUJIALeeds Jewish Housing AssociationLeeds University and the Lords Taverners. It is important to me that I give something back. I have felt very motivated by what I learnt many years ago by the work that involved our relationship with Israel. Chairing the UK’s leading Jewish sports charity combines my three passions: Judaism, Israel and Sport. Last year for very personal reasons, the Ziff family took part in the London Marathon to support both Teenage Cancer Trust and Nightingale. It was an immensely proud, emotional and uplifting event to be part of and seeing the crowds on the London streets cheering on so many was an experience I would not have wanted to miss. The 2012 Maccabi GB Community Fun Run also inspired me. Seeing the Chief Rabbi and Daniel Taub join with 1500 Jewish runners of all ages and abilities was a real highlight of my communal career.

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Benny Gantz Breakfast Briefing

On Wednesday 3rd July the Jewish Leadership Council hosted a breakfast briefing with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.

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Wohl Secondary Ivrit Programme

The PaJeS Division of the JLC is delighted to announce that development of the Wohl Secondary Ivrit Programme for Key Stage 3 is underway. A new partnership project between PaJeS and The Centre for Educational Technology/Matach, it follows the success of the earlier partnership which led to the development of the Ivritbeclick resource for UK primary schools, currently used in over 30 Jewish schools in the UK as well as Jewish schools around the world. Through the development of the Key Stage 3 Ivrit programme, combined with training opportunities for Secondary Ivrit teachers, PaJeS aims to transform the teaching and learning of Ivrit in UK secondary schools.

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JLC Takes Christian Leaders to Israel

As part of the communal response to the growing assault on Israel’s legitimacy in UK Churches and the unfortuante events at a recent meeting of the Church of England General Synod, the JLC recently took a delegation of leaders from several Christian organisations and Churches to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Community Concerns on the Transparency of Lobbying Bill

Together with the Board of Deputies, we wrote to Chloe Smith MP about the Lobbying Bill. We also signed the NCVO letter to the Minister. The full list of signatories demonstrates the level of concern within the sector about the current proposals. Please click here to see the Jewish Leadership Council’s briefing paper on the Bill.

 

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