The Ron­son de­bate

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

When the busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist Ger­ald Ron­son speaks, An­glo-Jewry tends to lis­ten. Typ­i­cally a blunt speaker with a di­rect mes­sage, his mes­sage this week is also bleak: the com­mu­nity needs to get its act to­gether, work across the de­nom­i­na­tions, and in­vest time and money in im­prov­ing leadership struc­tures. Mr Ron­son, long at the fore­front of com­mu­nal char­i­ta­ble en­deav­our, is in a po­si­tion to take an in­formed over­view of the com­mu­nity’s chang­ing needs, and his con­cern about the lack of emerg­ing tal­ent to guide to­mor­row’s ed­u­ca­tion, wel­fare, and se­cu­rity bod­ies must be taken se­ri­ously. His con­cern is that un­less we pro­vide young men and women to work both as lay lead­ers and pro­fes­sion­als — the lat­ter with a proper ca­reer struc­ture and re­mu­ner­a­tion com­pet­i­tive with the pri­vate sec­tor — then An­glo-Jewry faces chaos. He notes, too, that pre­scrip­tive views of who is and is not “Jewish” enough to par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nal life will only ac­cel­er­ate the de­cline. Mr Ron­son, who puts his money where his mouth is by back­ing the am­bi­tious JCoSS school, among other ven­tures, opens an im­por­tant de­bate that the ap­plauds. Over fu­ture weeks and months, we urge those with an in­ter­est, or merely opin­ions, to join that vi­tal de­bate

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