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THE Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil was set up in 2003 as a fo­rum for the heads of ma­jor Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Its main role is to take a strate­gic overview of com­mu­nal ser­vices and in­ter­vene where it be­lieves there are gaps.

It has three di­vi­sions — Part­ner­ships for Jewish Schools (Pa­jes), which grew out of a JLC com­mis­sion on ed­u­ca­tion, is in­volved in cur­ricu­lum plan­ning and teacher train­ing.

Lead, JLC’s lead­er­ship train­ing di­vi­sion, has tried to en­cour­age more young peo­ple and women into po­si­tions of com­mu­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Reshet is a net­work for in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tors and youth work­ers.

The JLC has in­vested in the cam­paign against BDS and funds a com­mu­nity chest sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives such as the Moishe House for young peo­ple. It is cur­rently re­view­ing so­cial care pro­vi­sion in the com­mu­nity.

More re­cently, it has set up an ex­ter­nal af­fairs depart­ment which in­cludes a team of four re­gional work­ers in Glas­gow, Manch­ester, Leeds and Birmingham to de­velop con­tacts among lo­cal politi­cians and agen­cies.

The JLC now op­er­ates a bud­get of £2.5 mil­lion, more than twice that of the Board of Deputies.

A plan to unify the coun­cil and the Board was floated in 2013 but it has lain dor­mant for the last cou­ple of years.

The JLC’s mem­ber­ship coun­cil, con­sist­ing of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 30 com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions along with the heads of Pa­jes, Lead and the chair­man of the JLC, meets quar­terly.

But pol­icy is set mainly by an in­ner cir­cle of 12 trus­tees.

In ad­di­tion, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has 17 ad­vi­sory vice-pres­i­dents, re­cruited from the ranks of the Jewish great and the good.

The new­est vi­cepres­i­dent, Sir Howard Bern­stein, the former chief ex­ec­u­tive of Manch­ester City Coun­cil, was ap­pointed last week. SI­MON ROCKER

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