Women­wait for cash to save equal­ity bid

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

A CAM­PAIGN to im­prove equal­ity for women in Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions is wait­ing to see if it will get fur­ther fi­nan­cial sup­port from the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

Women in Jewish Lead­er­ship had ex­pected a grant of £15,000 from the JLC for a sec­ond year, match­ing a sim­i­lar pledge from the Board of Deputies.

But the JLC is still re­view­ing what level of com­mit­ment it is ready to make to the cam­paign.

WJL was set up to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of the JLC’s own com­mis­sion on women and Jewish lead­er­ship which re­ported two years ago.

WJL co-chair Norma Brier, a for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of Nor­wood, said the group was “still hope­ful” of re­ceiv­ing the money.

“We recog­nise they have other pri­or­i­ties as well. But the com­mis­sion was some­thing the JLC clearly ini­ti­ated. There were clear rec­om­men­da­tions and these will take some re­sources to see through,” she said.

The re­port called for train­ing schemes for women and an ac­cred­i­ta­tion sys­tem to recog­nise com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions that strove to­wards gen­der equal­ity.

WJL has also lob­bied to end all-male panels at com­mu­nal events.

Mrs Brier ac­knowl­edged that the JLC’s lead­ing train­ing divi­sion, Lead, has done some work with women.

But she added that while “some or­gan­i­sa­tions are well ahead of the game, there are some or­gan­i­sa­tions who do not have a woman on their board of trustees.

“It would be won­der­ful if we could im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions so it won’t be another failed women’s com­mis­sion.”

JLC chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon John­son said that there were “con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sions be­tween us and the mem­bers of the women’s com­mis­sion about the next stage of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“What we have been dis­cussing with col­leagues and Women in Jewish lead­er­ship is the na­ture of that, the best way to get in­volved and the cost.”

PHOTO: JW3

Etan Ilfeld ( cen­tre) pon­ders his next move dur­ing a si­mul­ta­ne­ous chess event which saw 20 play­ers pit their wits against the Lon­don-based grand­mas­ter. It was the pre­cur­sor to the Mind Sport Olympiad at the JW3 cul­tural cen­tre

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