Chang­ing their game

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

PLANS FOR an on­line hub of Jewish life and a site that co-or­di­nates char­i­ta­ble giv­ing were among the ini­tial re­sults of a scheme de­signed to groom po­ten­tial lead­ers of Bri­tish Jewry.

The Gamechang­ers project — run by the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil’s train­ing divi­sion, Lead — aimed to de­velop par­tic­i­pants for se­nior lead­er­ship roles.

An au­di­ence at a cel­e­bra­tion evening to mark the end of the in­au­gu­ral pro­gramme were told of plans for an app or web­site that could bring to­gether all as­pects of Jewish life in Bri­tain in one place.

The team of 16 “gamechang­ers” spent more than 18 months meet­ing lead­ing fig­ures from busi­ness, pol­i­tics and the arts, and trav­elled to Is­rael where they held dis­cus­sions with Knes­set mem­bers and rab­bini­cal lead­ers.

The po­ten­tial lead­ers, aged in their 30s and 40s, were se­lected from across the reli­gious spec­trum.

Marie van der Zyl told the au­di­ence she had lit­tle com­mu­nal in­volve­ment be­fore join­ing the pro­gramme. But ear­lier this year she was elected as a vi­cepres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies.

Ad­dress­ing the group, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis cited both the Rugby World Cup and Moses in his ex­plana- tion of the im­por­tance of cal­cu­lated risk in lead­er­ship.

JLC chair­man, Mick Davis, said he hoped the par­tic­i­pants would go on to give their ex­per­tise to Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions and not look to gain sta­tus from com­mu­nal­lead­er­ship.SirMick­said­peo­ple should “not be cyn­i­cal” about those “who want to lead the com­mu­nity”.

The cel­e­bra­tion night was held at Pent­land Brands head­quar­ters in Finch­ley, north Lon­don, last Thurs­day.

Gamechang­ers chair Miles Web­ber said it had been “the most ex­tra­or­di­nary lead­er­ship pro­gramme our com­mu­nity has ever at­tempted to of­fer”.

Gamechang­ers: par­tic­i­pants and train­ers at the grad­u­a­tion

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