Jewish Leadership Council

The faces of future leadership: JLC launches new 'gamechangers' programme

By Simon Rocker, April 10, 2014

Keep an eye on their faces because they are likely to be among the people shaping the future of British Jewry. Eight women and eight men, ranging from their early 30s to late 40s, have just started a new Jewish Leadership Council programme designed to groom potential ringmasters for communal life.


Leading QC to advise on Board of Deputies-JLC merger

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

One of the country’s top legal brains has been asked to advise on the proposed merger of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council.

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, who was knighted three years ago, is an expert on democracy and constitutional matters.


JLC boosts spending to £1.6m to fund growth

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

New figures reveal a significant rise in spending by the Jewish Leadership Council, outstripping that of the Board of Deputies by nearly £500,000 a year.

Accounts for 2012 show that the JLC’s expenditure leapt from £650,000 to nearly £1.6 million, while the cost of the Board’s activities stayed roughly the same at just over £1.1 million.


Young people are struggling to afford the cost of Jewish activities

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2014

Young people are struggling to afford the cost of Jewish activities.

The economic downturn since 2008 had presented an “increasing challenge” for youth organisations, according to a commission set up by the Jewish Leadership Council.


JNF head attacks Mick Davis over Israel

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2014

The chairman of JNF UK, Samuel Hayek, has launched a withering attack on Jewish Leadership Council chief Mick Davis for criticising the Israeli government and for his “wretched armchair Zionist leadership”.


Communal leaders join Israel's global debate on diaspora

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2014

Israel must be more open, must value voices of dissent and promote minority rights, according to Liberal Jews in Britain.

They also argued that diaspora communities should provide greater financial investments in Israel’s non-Jewish communities.


JLC and Board leaders hold unity talks

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2014

Representatives of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council met today to pursue talks about possible unification.

Discussions were briefly suspended in autumn following JLC complaints that it had not been consulted by the Board over the formation of a new parliamentary group on British Jews.


Mick Davis: Bibi hinders peace efforts and diaspora's attempts to defend Israel

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

The chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, Mick Davis, this week triggered fresh controversy over Israel by claiming it was doing too little to convey a commitment to peace.


Jewish community groups welcome lobbying bill delay

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

The government’s agreement to postpone a decision on new lobbying legislation has been welcomed by Jewish communal organisations.

Fears had been expressed in August that charities and other Jewish groups could cease to function if the plans to curb political lobbying became law.


Profile: Simon Johnson, new man at the JLC

October 24, 2013

Top lawyer Simon Johnson has swapped football for communal politics.

The 47-year-old, who led England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup alongside Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron, is now donning a communal cap as the interim chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, in the wake of Jeremy Newmark’s departure last month on health grounds.