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JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein visits Manchester Jewish Community

JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein held a town hall with members of the Manchester Jewish community last night. The event, held at King David High School, was part of a series of events the JLC Chair is holding around the country to engage with members of British Jewry.

The meeting was attended by representatives of JLC member organisations, activists, numerous local councilors from Bury, Salford, Manchester and Trafford, along with members of the Jewish Labour Movement.

The failure of the Labour Party to tackle left-wing antisemitism dominated the discussion.

Jonathan Goldstein said:

“I’m grateful for the hospitality of Manchester Jewry during my visit and for the opportunity to discuss a range of issues, including the grave situation of the Labour Party with members of the community and with the Manchester Jewish Representative Council. We had an open and robust conversation about the road ahead. Most importantly, I am heartened by how united we stand as Jews across the country and meet the challenges we face in the future”.

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JLC and Board of Deputies Respond to New Labour Antisemitism Guidelines

In response to the new guidelines on antisemitism published by the Labour Party, Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said:

"It is for Jews to determine for themselves what antisemitism is. The UK Jewish community has adopted in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism, as have the British Government,  Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament, 124 local authorities across the country and numerous governments around the world. It is impossible to understand why Labour refuses to align itself with this universal definition. Its actions only dilute the definition and further erode the existing lack of confidence that British Jews have in their sincerity to tackle antisemitism within the Labour movement."

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JLC Staff Receive Training from KeshetUK

JLC CEO on Yesterday's KeshetUK Training

Simon Johnson:

"Earlier this year, KeshetUK presented to our Council of Members to discuss their work with LGBT+ members of the Jewish community and how as a community, we can be more diverse and inclusive.

That was the start of an ongoing discussion about how the JLC can work more closely with KeshetUK. Yesterday, JLC staff - including those in out PaJeS and Lead divisions - received their well-established diversity and inclusion training.

The session was thoroughly productive and a real learning curve for me and all of our staff. It was well presented, informative and practical and a step in the right direction to ensure that every member of the community feels welcome and included.

We encourage other organisations, particularly our members to sign up for the training."

Visit www.keshetuk.org for more information.

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JLC Chair letter to the Times

JLC Chair, Jonathan Goldstein writes to the Times about a missed opportunity by Jeremy Corbyn. You can read the letter here.

 

 

 

 

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JLC responds to Integrated Communities Strategy green paper

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has responded to the government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper by submitting a formal response to the consultation.

The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, released in March 2018 in response to the Casey Review is the government’s vision for “building strong integrated communities where people live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities”.

The green paper sets out a programme of proposed actions to take across government to deliver the vision at the local and national level.

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Peers Tea 2018

On Tuesday 15th May 2018, the Jewish Leadership Council hosted a Shavuot Lunch for Jewish Peers and friends in the House of Lords.

Hosted by Lord Palmer, Lord Glasman, Lord Leigh and Baroness Neuberger, Peers heard speeches from JLC Chair, Jonathan Goldstein, the Israeli Ambassador, Mark Regev, and a d’var Torah given by Rabbi Joseph Dweck. Overlooking the Thames river, and enjoying some cheesecake was the perfect way to welcome the festival and thank our friends in the House of Lords for their hard work and support.

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Chai Cancer Care Joins the JLC

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The Jewish Leadership Council are delighted to announce that Chai Cancer Care are the latest organisation to be joining the JLC.

Chai Cancer Care is the Jewish Community's Cancer Support Organisation. It provides services for patients, their families and friends affected by a cancer diagnosis. The organisation provides a wide range of services; from therapies and complementary therapies to group activities and counselling to advisory services, and has a medical outpatient rehabilitation and palliative care service. 

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HRH The Prince of Wales joins UK Jewish community for Israel 70 celebration

Over 2,400 people enjoyed a breathtaking evening of Israeli music and dance at Platinum - Celebrating Israel at 70, held on Thursday at the Royal Albert Hall. The attendance of HRH The Prince of Wales at UK Jewry's cross communal celebration of Israel's founding gave the occasion a truly special significance.

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JLC and Board of Deputies Statement on Meeting with Jeremy Corbyn

Our meeting with Jeremy Corbyn today was a disappointing missed opportunity regarding the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party. We welcomed Mr Corbyn’s personal involvement in the discussion and his new comments recognising and apologising for antisemitism in the Labour Party but he failed to agree to any of the concrete actions we asked for in our letter to him of 28th March.

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Platinum - Celebrating Israel at 70

Join us for a breathtaking evening of live music, dance and art to celebrate Israel at 70.

Headline act Balkan Beat Box Soundsystem will perform their signature mix of world music, jazz, electronica, hip hop and everything in between with special guest singers Ethiopian Israeli Gili Yalo, Shai Tsabari and Yemenite all-star female group A-WA. They will be joined by Vertigo, Israel’s leading contemporary dance company, making their debut UK performance on the night and classical string quartet Gilad Ephrat Ensemble and other exceptional guests, creating an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall.

The event is being held at the Royal Albert Hall (Kensington Gore, Kensington, London, SW7 2AP) from 7.30pm on Thursday 24th May 2018.

Don't miss out, buy your tickets here.

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