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Jonathan Goldstein resigns as chair of the JLC

Communal leader said it had been a 'privilege' to serve, recalling efforts to fight antisemitism in Labour and lead the pandemic response

Jonathan Goldstein addresses the large crowd in Parliament Square at the #EnoughIsEnough demo

Credit Marc Morris
Jonathan Goldstein addresses the large crowd in Parliament Square at the #EnoughIsEnough demo Credit Marc Morris

Jonathan Goldstein has resigned as chair of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Goldstein, who took over the key communal role from Sir Mick Davis in 2017, said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of the JLC for the last four and a half years and I am proud of all our enormous achievements.

“I have enjoyed being an active and present Chair. Recent events and pressures have made it impossible for me to be as present as I would want to be and as the JLC needs me to be. I have taken the painful but necessary decision to step down.

“I am incredibly proud of my achievements as Chair, from playing a leading role fighting antisemitism within the Labour Party to our rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The lawyer and founder and CEO of Cain International, added: “Looking at the JLC Trustee Board gives me huge confidence for the future. I am reassured that the future of the JLC is in very safe hands under strong and professional leadership with a highly capable pool of nominees to succeed me around our Council table.”

JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein speaking at the Jewish News-PaJeS Schools Awards in 2017

An election will be held amongst JLC council members to elect a new chair. Eligible candidates need to be members of the JLC council and nominations will open in early December. A new chair will be in place following an election in early January.

JLC vice chair Debbie Fox said: “It has been my honour to have worked alongside Jonathan over a period of unprecedented impact and growth for the JLC. Thanks to his insightful leadership, he steps away from an organisation that is facing its future with clarity of vision, alignment and a clear remit to build on the strong strategic foundations that have been set over his tenure. He should take ownership of this legacy and feel justifiably proud.”

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