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Equalities Act

We recently highlighted the array of challenges being addressed by our members in relation to anomalies created by the Equalities Act (2010) that impact upon faith based groups. Working with the Board of Deputies and specialist lawyers we have launched a survey aimed at quantifying the extent of the problem and to help us to develop a collective communal position. If you represent a charity please complete the survey by clicking here.

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Shlichim Visas - Success

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Queen's Speech

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FPCG & NUT

Last month, the Fair Play Campaign Group (a project of the JLC and Board of Deputies) successfully responded to a Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) inspired anti-Israel motion submitted to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Annual Conference (which coincided with the first two days of Pesach).

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2012 London Mayoral & GLA Elections

The 2012 London Mayoral and GLA elections gave Jewish voters their opportunity to shape the capital's future and the London Jewish Forum welcomes the re-election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

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An Agenda for Ageing Well in the Jewish Community

Following a community consultation led by Jewish Care and ResponseAbility ‘An Agenda for Ageing well in the Jewish community’ was launched at a meeting at the House of Lords in March this year.

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Q & A: Stephen Pack, United Synagogue President

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

The United Synagogue is a unique organisation which offers authentic, inclusive, modern Judaism to a large section of the Jewish community. There is nothing else quite like it in the world and it is a great privilege to do something positive to help people along their own religious journey. That is why  I decided to stand as President when several people asked me to do so and I thought I could make a difference. My motivation is to leave the organisation in a better place than it was when I took over.

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Chair's Message: May 2012

Together with the Board, we recently relaunched the Fair Play Campaign Group (FPCG), our centralised response to Anti-Zionism. This could not have been timelier. In a naíve and retrograde step the Co-op has extended its boycott of settlement produce to include four Israeli companies. Our efforts ensured that a planned fuller boycott was scuppered, however the new policy is extremely problematic and discriminatory. To oppose settlement boycotts is not about supporting settlement policy. It's about recognising the agenda and sinister alliances of those promoting BDS, and its impact upon our community. The cancellation of Israeli expert Motti Crystal's invitation to an event organised by a Manchester NHS Trust after pressure from UNISON is another stark example of this. When the TUC adopted a settlement boycott policy we warned about such discrimination. This incident justifies our concerns. Via FPCG we will ensure that it doesn't set a precedent. Similarly, I am delighted that JLC members will play a key role in welcoming Israel's Habima theatre group to the Globe during the Cultural Olympiad, despite attempts to prevent the performance.

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Exec's Summary: May 2012

Our community can be rightly proud of the array of organisations and initiatives that exist to support so many good causes. The generosity of our philanthropic leaders and the professionalism of our staff are rightly applauded, however it is the tireless work of the thousands of volunteers that continues to amaze and inspire me. 

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NLN Breakfast with Hazel Blears MP

Earlier today, twenty members of the New Leadership Network (NLN) active in the business world met with former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears MP.  Blears is currently Member of Parliament for Salford and Eccles.  In addition to chairing Labour’s Social Action/Big Society Taskforce she is currently the only female member of the Joint Intelligence and Security Select Committee.

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