US: We hold the key to Board-JLC merger deal

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SI­MON ROCKER

A MERGER of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil would largely de­pend on the view of the United Syn­a­gogue, US pres­i­dent Stephen Pack said this week.

The Board and the JLC have been in dis­cus­sions for more than a year over pos­si­ble uni­fi­ca­tion.

While Mr Pack told a US coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day night that he had noth­ing to re­port on the progress of the talks, he noted that US con­gre­ga­tions made up a ma­jor­ity of the Board.

“It will be our deputies that largely de­ter­mine what hap­pens,” he said. “I think that’s a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity for us.”

The coun­cil for­mally ap­proved the ad­mis­sion of Sh­effield Syn­a­gogue as its first north of Eng­land mem­ber — and the clo­sure of Bark­ing and Be­con­tree Af­fil­i­ated Syn­a­gogue in east Lon­don.

Wel­com­ing Sh­effield to the fold, Mr Pack said: “I think it will be the first of many.”

The US en­joyed a sur­plus of £89,000 last year, more than dou­ble than bud­geted for, its fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor Richard Tay­lor re­ported.

Lo­cal syn­a­gogues paid £150,000 less to the cen­tral cof­fers than they did the pre­vi­ous year.

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