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Reaction to Adjournment of David Ward MP Disciplinary Hearing

In response to the news that the disciplinary hearing for Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has been adjourned, JLC CEO Jeremy Newmark and Board of Deputies CEO Jon Benjamin commented as follows:

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Our Newest Members

We are delighted to welcome Clive Sheldon QC, Co-Chair of Masorti Judaism, who has taken over from Bill Benjamin in representing the movement on our Council of Members.

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Charity Investment Seminar Breakfast

The JLC, together with its Lead Division will be hosting a breakfast workshop in March 2013 to explore good charity investment practice. It is designed to benefit charities with investment portfolios around or greater than £1 million. To find out more, email [email protected].

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PaJeS Launches New Tefillah Resource

At the heart of JLC’s PaJeS division is the Jewish Curriculum Partnership (JCP). JCP supports the work of Jewish Studies and Ivrit teachers in over 40 Jewish schools, providing training, delivering in-school support and developing curricula and resources.

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Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme 2013 Cohort

The 2013 Adam Science lay leadership programme was launched on Wednesday 16th January amidst a group of Trustees, Chief Executives of partner organisations, and Adam Science alumni.

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Lunch with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP

In January, the New Leadership Network hosted a lunch meeting with Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP

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Lead's Mentoring Pilot for Women

On Thursday 7th February, the first recommendation from the JLC’s Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership was actioned by Lead. A Speed Mentoring Event was held, bringing together 10 potential women mentees and more than 15 mentors using speed dating as a fun and speedy way to bring the different groups together. Both mentors and mentees were self selected from the Open Meetings held during the Women’s Commission and via social networks. They make up a diverse group from the community with affiliation to Jewish CareLSJSCST, JW3 and many more organisations and initiatives. Debbie Fox, Vice Chair of Jewish Care and a CWJL commission member, said ‘there was a tremendous energy in the room and a real sense of value and endorsement that this leap has been taken.’ Laura Marks, Chair of the CWJL, said ‘the event was a really wonderful evening of speed mentor matching. I thought it sounded like such a fun and innovative way to launch the programme. We know that mentoring is a key tool in helping women up the ladder and I am delighted that the team at Lead have taken this on. The list of mentors and mentees was really inspiring.’ The Speed Mentoring Event launched the mentoring pilot for women which will see the mentoring relationship continuing for six months with Lead offering additional meetings, resources and support. Lead will also be continuing to offer people the opportunity to find a mentor within the community to help further their leadership.

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Community Q&A With Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP fielded questions on a range of international and domestic issues when he took the hot seat for the latest Jewish News Q&A event, organised in partnership with the London Jewish Cultural Centre and with the support of the JLC.

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Hizballah Briefing

Bulgarian investigators have confirmed that two individuals with links to Hizballah were involved in the bus suicide bomb which killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver at Burgas airport on 18th July, 2012. The European Union has consistently refused to proscribe Hizballah as a terrorist organisation, but the group’s involvement in this suicide bombing, within an EU member state, shows the EU’s denials have been futile and self-defeating. In our recent meeting with the Prime Minister, we highlighted the problem of Hizballah’s freedom to operate around Europe, and the threat that it poses both to our own community and wider society. We specifically requested that the Government take a lead in lobbying for EU-wide proscription of Hizballah; and that it be banned in its entirety in the UK, which currently distinguishes between the so-called political and military wings of the organisation. The UK Government must take the lead in pressing the EU to ban Hizballah before it murders more people. Together with CST, we have produced a briefing highlighting our concerns with Hizballah which can be found here.

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Q & A: Debbie Klein, JCC for London

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

My greatest hope is that the new Jewish Community Centre, JW3, will unite the community. I got involved with the JCC for London specifically because I see that it has the potential to fundamentally transform the Jewish landscape by bringing the entire community together in a place that all can consider their own.

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