JLC has rolled out a programme of practical support for advocacy in our major UK cities and regions. We have taken this action to ensure that Scotland, Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham, now have a full time regional external affairs manager - often based in the communal buildings. Each appointment has been made in conjunction with communal representative councils.
JLC regional external affairs managers exist to carry out those advocacy and networking tasks that local communities have always wanted to do, but have not always had the resource or means to do on a full time concerted basis. All our managers work alongside existing communal structures. Each city and region is obviously different has its own history and character – often this advocacy cannot and should not be controlled from London. The JLC is committed to enabling our Jewish communities outside of London to have their voice heard and to extend the great work undertaken by many lay leaders in previous years. Our regional structure is a practical sign of how the JLC wants to focus on the long term vibrancy and vitality of Jewish communities around the whole of the United Kingdom.