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Chair's Message: November 2011

Embedding a long-term strategy for nurturing and developing the next generation of leadership has been at the heart of the JLC platform since our inception. A fundamental reason for the existence of the JLC has always been to ensure that a new generation of leaders who are both willing and prepared to lead our major institutions is created. This is why we are particularly pleased to have launched the new LEAD initiative as a project of the JLC. It is a natural fit. LEAD is the culmination of three years of work and consolidation of key leadership initiatives. Its development and success will now be a core responsibility of the JLC and our member organisations. I know they will all take that responsibility seriously. I am particularly delighted that outgoing World Jewish Relief Chairman Nigel Layton has agreed to head up this initiative.

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Bridging the gap

A consequence of the introduction of University tuition fees has been additional financial pressure upon students who take a gap year before university. The impact this year has been particularly acute, with students effectively being landed with a £9000 bill which would not have applied had they chosen not to defer.

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CEO summary November 2011

It's easy to bash "the leadership". An all too prevalent refrain of communal life involves blaming the nameless, faceless "communal leadership". However, as WIZO UK President Michele Vogel points out below these are increasingly large numbers of people working tirelessly, often behind the scenes for the collective benefit of our community. Most of them do not seek acknowledgement, recognition or praise.

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Q&A: Michele Vogel, WIZO President

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

We all benefit from our community. Volunteering for over 35 years is my way of giving something back. In particular, my fundraising work for WIZO projects in Israel enables me to combine volunteerism with Zionism. I feel strongly that by becoming involved and engaged in communal life one gains more than one puts in.

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News From Our Members - UJS

The role of President at the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) is a one-year job. There is much to do and never enough time.

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A word from our newest member

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Q&A: James Libson, JLC New Leadership Network Representative

In the first of a series of interviews with our members we talk to James Libson. The New Leadership Network was established by the JLC as a forum for future leaders of our communal organisations. Two NLN representatives sit on the JLC itself.

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Universal Jurisdiction

Since 2005 many Israeli visitors and speakers have faced the threat of being arrested due to the abuse of universal jurisdiction legislation. For the past two years the JLC has coordinated work with a number of partners to resolve a problem that struck at the very core of the relationship between our community and the State of Israel. The JLC decided to get things moving in the middle of 2009. We did this not just to defend Israel, but also because many Jewish charities were being directly affected by the fact that their guests faced the prospect of arrest and harassment. We commissioned a legal opinion from Lord Pannick QC which recommended a change in the law. We wanted to protect universal jurisdiction itself, a vital innovation that grew out of the Holocaust, while preventing it from being abused. The day after Lord Pannick sent us his Opinion, an arrest warrant was issued for the then Opposition Leader of Israel, Tzipi Livni.

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Jewish Community Vitality

JLC Member Bill Benjamin will be leading an exciting strategic exercise designed to assist JLC members allocate resources towards initiatives that will ensure the future vitality of our community.

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Promoting Women in Leadership - Consultation Process

Before the summer the JLC launched our Commission on Women in Leadership. This strategic exercise aims to deliver a series of recommendations to the community to promote a greater number of women taking on senior leadership roles.

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