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Post-Ceasefire: UK Reflections on a Positive Model of Activism and Communication

Following the announcement of a ceasefire agreement that has ended Israel's week long Operation Pillar of Defence against Hamas in Gaza, JLC CEO Jeremy Newmark reflects upon UK communal activism around the conflict and its broader impact for our community. Versions of this article appear in the Times of Israel and the UK's Jewish News.

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Conflict with Hamas: Communal Leaders Express Solidarity with Israel

In light of the continuing rocket attacks on Israeli towns from Gaza, and the ongoing Operation 'Pillar of Defence' response, Jewish community leaders from a broad cross section of major organisations have sent an open letter of support and solidarity to the Government of Israel via Ambassador Daniel Taub. The full text of the letter can be found below.

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UK's First Jewish Special Educational Needs Conference Held

NorwoodPartnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS is a Division of the Jewish Leadership Council) and the Board of Deputies hosted the first SEN conference for Jewish schools on Tuesday 6th November at ORT House in London. The conference welcomed around 110 representatives from Jewish schools, including Governors, Head teachers and SENCOs and featured workshops in key areas such as inclusion, legal issues and battling the system.

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Q & A: Bill Benjamin, UJIA Incoming Chairman

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

Jewish living and Jewish communal life are a source of great richness and meaning. They offer a sense of identity, meaning and belonging in what can be a lonely and rootless world. However, Jewish communal life doesn't run on auto pilot. If we wish to sustain it, we must be involved. As Hillel said, "If I am only for myself, then what am I?" This involvement is also in my blood. My grandmother was totally devoted to Hadassah and my mother was active for years in the local federation of Jewish philanthropies in the city I grew up in the USA.

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JLC Purchasing Club

The JLC Purchasing Club goes from strength to strength and we are now working with over 120 organisations within the community. Specifically, we worked with a large number of schools at the end of last term to reduce their costs and streamline their purchasing procedures at their busiest time of year. On average, we are reducing consumable costs (stationery, janitorial supplies, inks) by approximately 30% across the community. Another area where we can easily deliver savings is on telecoms bills - organisations just need to send us a bill and via a simple paperwork exercise we can start to reduce these. The most recent community organisation to sign up is saving over 30% on line rental and calls. The JLC Purchasing Club covers the ten key areas of expenditure so if you think we can help you please contact Marshall at [email protected].

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Redbridge Community Change Project

Construction work has begun on the development of the new Ilford Jewish Primary School expected for delivery in Summer 2013 together with a new arts and drama block for King Solomon High School.

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NLN Discussion

September saw the fourth successful networking event this year for the New Leadership Network. It focused on Engaging with our Successors, chaired by James Libson, Partner at Mishcon and Chair of WJR. Andy Rubin, CEO of Pentland highlighted how they recruit and develop future talent internally; David Ereira, partner of Ereira Mendoza and Deputy Chair of Norwood outlined a successful programme to professionalise younger lay leadership at Norwood;  Carolyn Bogush, occupational psychologist and Global Chair of Limmud and Raymond Simonson, Executive Director, celebrated their international successful model of "by the people, for the people"  grass roots leadership; Avi Goldberg, MD at Rothschild and Chair, Adam Science Foundation, with Simi Ben Hur, highlighted how the Adam Science programme has been developing a generation of new talent in the community for twenty years and how all organisations might benefit from that investment.

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Interfaith in the Succah

JLC representatives had the pleasure of attending an informal interfaith event in the home of Lucille Cohen to mark the Succot festival. Large numbers of Christian ministers of various denominations as well as representatives from the Hindu community, came together to mark the festival. The level of representation at the event was extremely impressive; one minister had travelled for over two hours to attend thus highlighting the importance that religious leaders place on interfaith work today. What was even more remarkable was that the representatives from the different faith communities did not shy away from discussing sensitive issues, such as Synod's endorsement of EAPPI. Jews from around the globe should take note of the interfaith work done by the Jewish Community in Manchester, and follow their example by engaging in fruitful discussion and building relationships with their friends from other communities.

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SEN Conference

Just over 100 representatives will be attending the Special Educational Needs conference 'Meeting the Challenges of Future Legislation' on 6th November jointly sponsored by PaJeS, a Division of the JLC, Norwood and the Board of Deputies.

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