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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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JLC Fellowship 2012-2013

The Jewish Leadership Council Fellowship is an initiative which seeks to host an outstanding leader and support them through a one-year paid fellowship at the Jewish Leadership Council.

The fellowship is for inspirational graduates who have proven they are passionate about Israel and the Jewish community. They will be interested in a career in politics, government, public policy, international relations, charities, or NGOs, and have a comprehensive knowledge around the contemporary issues affecting the Jewish community and the Middle East.

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Jewish Memories of Mandela UK Launch

Last Friday (11 May), chair of the Jewish Leadership Council’s Board of Trustees Mick Davis hosted the UK launch of the book “Jewish Memories of Mandela”. The launch took place in the presence of South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, H. E. Dr. Zola Skweyiya.

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Statement on Moty Cristal Cancellation

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Big Society Forum

Speaking at a meeting of the Conservative Party's 'Big Society Forum' last night, JLC Trustee Gerald Ronson CBE highlighted the need for an effective partnership between Government and the voluntary sector to deliver the 'Big Society' agenda. He also told the audience of Government Ministers and Civil Society leaders that the recent budget proposals to cap tax relief on charitable donations was a "giant step backwards" and called upon Chancellor George Osborne to present an alternative proposal. The full speech is here:

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Visit Jewish London

The Jewish Committee for the London Games (JCLG) is the coordinator of UK Jewish Community activity for the 2012 London Olympic Games. A major part of its mission is to welcome visiting spectators, Jewish athletes and other Jewish Olympic delegates to London and the rest of the UK. The Visit Jewish London website provides an invaluable source of Jewish cultural and religious information for overseas and national visitors who are in London for the Olympics. Providing a comprehensive guide to Kosher restaurants, hotels, Jewish museums, London tours and more, the site provides information on anything Jewish relating to the Olympics in order to help you access everything that you may need during your visit.

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