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Consultation on Women in Jewish Leadership

A snapshot of the Jewish community’s main organisations last summer revealed that women comprise only a fifth of all trustees, a quarter of chief executives and a quarter of members of the elected Body, the Board of Deputies. British Jewish women are high educational and professional achievers: the 2001 Census demonstrated that in the top occupational categories, Jewish women matched and in most cases proportionally out-performed men in the general population. However, the Jewish community is failing to benefit from their skills and expertise at a leadership level, where women are significantly under-represented. You can read more about our research on this in our report on "Gender Imbalance- the status quo"

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Chanukah in the Square 2011

Chanukah in the Square took place on Tuesday 20th December 2011 and saw the lighting of the London Menorah by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

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CST's Antisemitic Discourse report 2010

CST's Mark Gardner discusses their latest report on Antisemitic Discourse:

CST has issued its final report of the year, examining antisemitic discourse in Britain in 2010. This covers public discussion of antisemitism, Jews and Jewish issues in mainstream media and politics and may be read at CST's website.

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Q&A: Steven Lewis, Jewish Care

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

Being Jewish teaches me the responsibility to help others in whatever capacity one may be able - whether financially or by giving time as a volunteer.

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Chair's Message: December 2012

As 2011 draws to a close I am pleased to be able to reflect upon a period of solid progress and development at the JLC. Our new governance arrangements implemented earlier this year firmly put the agenda of the Council in the hands of our member charities. This was a very important moment for the JLC and in turn it has led to the development of an organisation collectively prioritising joint action on a range of strategic imperatives. Our current portfolio of initiatives - such as the Commission on Women in Leadership, the Community Chest to fund central service provision, the development of a new central schools partnership, our Community Vitality project, and our political oversight work – really reflect the way that the JLC is now operating as a communal hub spanning the core areas of UK Jewish life.

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CEO Summary: December 2012

As we celebrate Chanukah this year, recent events such as MPs questioning the loyalty of British Jews in public service, or joining parties where Nazi uniforms and chants pass as 'having fun' bring to mind the historic triumph of the Maccabees over those who sought to deny Jews their basic freedoms. However, our celebrations and rituals tend to emphasise the story of the single cruise of oil which miraculously burned for eight days, rather than the military victory.

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Policy Focus - Localism

Since the Coalition Government formed, you will have heard the words 'localism' and 'decentralisation' flying about. What do they mean and how will implementation of these policies affect the Jewish Community?

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Visa Problems

Some JLC member organisations, youth groups and regional communities benefit immeasurably from the input of shlichim, temporary emissaries from Israel. Shlichim spend a temporary period of time in the UK, working with the community to enhance the relationship between UK Jewry and Israel and often providing particular input in the arena of Jewish education. The way in which this scheme operates is now under threat due to proposed changes by the UK Border Agency which will severely limit the maximum length of stay and other rights, such emissaries and their families.

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JLC Purchasing Club Update

In October we announced the launch of the new JLC Purchasing Club for communal charities and Jewish schools.  This latest phase in our Shared Resources Initiative has got off to an incredibly positive start and a number of organisations are already benefitting from early savings. We have been particularly successful in cutting costs for major print jobs and cleaning contracts for some organisations.

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LEAD: Jewish Leadership Excellence and Development

Last month we announced that LEAD: Jewish Leadership Excellence and Development, had been launched to provide visionary, inspirational and transformational Jewish community leaders and leadership within the UK Jewish community.

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