Exec's Summary: February 2013

It has been a particularly active start to 2013 at the JLC. Preparation for our annual meeting with the Prime Minister is always a valuable process, as it focuses our team on direct engagement with the core priorities of our constituent members. A similar process takes place inside Government whereby departments whose work impacts our community are asked by the Prime Minister's office to prepare internal briefings on the key issues. As Vivian Wineman notes below, the preparatory work ensures that maximum value is gleaned from these meetings.

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Chair's Message: February 2013

As reported elsewhere in this e-Newsletter we opened 2013 with our annual meeting with the Prime Minister. It is notable, that despite the relative size of our community we are still able to secure a meeting of this nature. The level of detail in which the Prime Minister engaged with our concerns was particularly impressive. We are now working to ensure effective follow-up on all of the matters that we raised.

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Closer to Israel

It was announced earlier this week that the UK Jewish and pro-Israel community will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel with a major outdoor central London event, entitled "Closer to Israel".

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Community Responds to Government Care Proposals

Responding to government proposals to limit the amount that an individual will need to contribute towards the costs of care in old age, JLC Chief Executive Jeremy Newmark commented:

A person's wellbeing is enhanced if they are placed in an appropriate cultural setting. We hope that cultural specific costs will be taken into account when calculating how much a care or nursing home charges for service provision.


The EU's Indefensible Stance on Iranian-Backed Terrorism

On 18 July last year, news of a bomb attack on Israeli tourists at Burgas airport broke. Information provided to CNN said the bomb - concealed in a backpack - went off in a confined space between two buses, instantly killing four of the tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver, as well as the bomber. A total of five Israelis were killed, and over 30 injured. Israel pointed the finger at the Shia militia group Hizballah.

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JLC Announces Two New Vice-Presidents

The Jewish Leadership Council has today announced two new appointments to its Vice-Presidents Group, Gillian Merron and Michele Vogel.

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Lead's Mentoring Pilot for Women

On Thursday 7th February, the first specific 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 an innovative way to bring the different groups together.

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An Audience With Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP

On Thursday 7th February 2013, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP participated in a Jewish community Q&A, chaired by Jonathan Freedland. A transcript of the conversation is below.

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Meeting with Government Chief Whip

The following statement has been issued by: Jon Benjamin, CEO, The Board of Deputies, Richard Benson, CEO, The CST, Jeremy Newmark, CEO, The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), Paul Phillips, Chairman, Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, CEO, Holocaust Educational Trust, Vivian Wineman, President, Board of Deputies and Chairman, JLC Council of Members.

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Joint Statement About Hizballah's Involvement in Fatal Terrorist Attack in Bulgaria That Killed Five Israelis

Bulgarian investigators have confirmed that two individuals with links to Hizballah were involved in the bus suicide bomb, that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver at Burgas airport on 18 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. We call upon the UK Government to take the lead in pressing the EU to ban Hizballah before it murders more people.

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