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Jewish Care Employee Volunteering Programme

Volunteers are at the heart of many of our communal institutions, not least at Jewish Care, whose vision is a society in which people support and care about one another and are able to participate fully in their community.

Through its Employee Volunteering Programme, Jewish Care is providing a route through which employers can actively encourage their workforce to volunteer their time within the charitable sector. By working flexibly with these companies to create focussed volunteering opportunities that meet their interests and schedule, the scheme reaps a myriad of benefits and good will for all involved.

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Q & A: Lucian Hudson, Liberal Judaism Chairman

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

A desire to give back what the Jewish community has given me as a convert - a new way of looking at things, a deeper understanding of tradition and how to keep it alive, and a sense of common destiny for a better world to come. With my background in journalism, government, consultancy and now in higher education, I hope that I can use my skills to make a difference.

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Exec's Summary: March 2012

It’s easy to get caught up in the narrative of negativity. Against the backdrop of the increasingly intense assault upon Israel’s legitimacy and the ever-present backdrop of extremism and antisemitism there are certainly an array of reasons for the pervasiveness of pessimism in communal discourse. However, it would be the worst kind of victory to award to the boycotters and delegitimisers if we allowed them to define our collective identity as British Jews. That’s why so many of our member charities felt it important to be represented at the Jewish Living Expo earlier this month. It was a magnificent celebration of the rich tapestry of institutions, individuals, principles and activism that exemplifies contemporary British Jewish life. We coordinated a central presence of many JLC members and ten Jewish schools. Combining resource sharing and communal collaboration. A real reflection of what the JLC exists to achieve.

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Chair's Message: March 2012

As world Jewry reflects upon the Toulouse tragedy, it provides a stark reminder of the impact that extreme political discourse around Zionism and Israel can have upon Diaspora Jewish communities, and of the importance of maintaining the infrastructure for both the physical and political defense of our community. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims. Together with the Board of Deputies we have sent messages of condolence and solidarity to the leadership of the French Jewish community.

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Women in Jewish Leadership: The Genie Escapes the Bottle at London Open Meeting

Any lingering doubts about whether the under-representation of women in Jewish leadership is a concern for the community were dispelled at an event held to discuss the issue: it was clear from the start that this particular genie has well and truly escaped from his (or her) bottle.

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Celebrating Success

It’s easy to get caught up in the narrative of negativity.  Against the backdrop of the increasingly intense assault upon Israel’s legitimacy, red lines being consistently crossed in mainstream political debate and the ever-present backdrop of extremism and antisemitism there are certainly an array of reasons and justifications for the pervasiveness of pessimism in communal discourse.

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Budget scare for charities over tax relief cap

The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council has raised concerns about the impact on Jewish fundraising of the government's planned cap in tax relief claimed by charitable donors.

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Joint Statement on Toulouse Attack

Joint Statement Issued 09:00 20/3/2012

John Mann MP, on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism
Jeremy Newmark, Chief Executive, Jewish Leadership Council
Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive, The Board of Deputies of British Jews
Richard Benson, Chief Executive, CST

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JC Interview: Mick Davis

While Mick Davis has been trying to tie up a merger between his own company, mining giant Xstrata, and commodities conglomerate Glencore, he has had to face the latest volley of criticism directed at one of the charities he heads, the Jewish Leadership Council.

Probably no communal organisation has triggered so much contention as the JLC, which he joined as UJIA chairman just over six years ago and has chaired for two and a half years.

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House of Lords Purim Tea

On 5 March 2012, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks hosted the second ever gathering of Jewish peers. Following a precedent set last year the event took place to celebrate the festival of Purim.

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