The Jewish Leadership Council work to ensure a vibrant and safe UK Jewry, assure our positive and proactive place within British Society, and articulate our proud Jewish identity and culture. As Director of Development & Strategy David works with and for JLC member organisations, coordinating creative and collaborative work on shared communal priorities. Currently this includes work on social care for older people; children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing; and longer-term financial planning for our community’s charitable sector.
David’s previous roles include CEO of the Union of Jewish Students [UJS], Campaigns Manager at JHub, Youth Worker at Redbridge JCC, and Social Responsibility Manager and Leadership Training Coordinator at UJIA. David co-founded the Lead Now programme; was the European lead professional on Siach, a global Jewish social justice network; has written for UK and international Jewish Press; and collated and edited ‘Land of Milk and Honey; Tales of Goats and Apples’ – a collection of Israeli stories and an educational resource celebrating 60 years of Israel’s independence that was republished with a sevent chapter for Israel 70.
David was fortunate to be invited to give a JDov talkk alongside Sir Trevor Pears as part of celebrating JHub's 10th anniversary. From the Other Side is a reponse to those with good intentions encouraging unity yet imagining a world where the weird and wonderful distinctions between us disappear. "This can lead to difference or diversity becoming supressed – or even suspect. For the son of an Indian immigrant who has grown up to be an involved atheist queer Jewish leader, there are many reasons why diluting difference could be appealing. Join David on a journey from ancient Iraq to East London as he discovers a different take on difference. Together we might find that Jewishness offers a more optimistic approach to otherness – if we take a look from the other side..."
David is a member of the ROI Community, formerly a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund, and has previously volunteered with Limmud and Keshet UK. David lives with his husband Adam in East London, enjoyed the recent highs after many years of lows being a Spurs fan, and is a proud uncle of six nephews and one niece.