Our team

Meet the people behind the work

Dr Edie Friedman

Founder and Executive Director

Born in Chicago and influenced by the civil rights movement, Edie set up JCORE in 1976. She is a regular speaker and writer on race and asylum issues, authoring and co-authoring books and educational resources.

Brian Douieb

JUMP Project Supervisor

Brian supervises and oversees
our JUMP befriending project and deals with operational safeguarding issues.

Esther Sills

JUMP Project Coordinator

Esther coordinates our JUMP befriending project.

John Schlackman

Office and Operations Manager

John tries to make everything run smoothly!

Jack Kushner

Campaigns, Communications and Youth Engagement

Jack supports our campaigns and leads on communications and youth engagement

Adam Rose


Adam is a solicitor and partner at Mishcon de Reya.


Born in Southend, he spent his primary school years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and after studying law and accounting at Manchester University, spent a sabbatical year as National Secretary of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). He is a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund (a charity which makes grants for Jewish youth activities in the UK), and has been a trustee of JCORE since 2014.

JCORE's dedicated board of trustees:

Adam Rose (Chairperson), Jonathan Black, Daniel Garay (Hon Treasurer), Karen Goodman, Rebecca Heller, Adam Isaacs,

Sarah Isal, Anna Lawton, Bruce Rothberg, David Thompson.


Sir Geoffrey Bindman,     Sir Trevor Chinn CVO,     Lord Clinton Davis,     The Lord Dubs,     Rabbi Joseph Dweck, 
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner,     Francesca Klug OBE,     Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis,       Rosalind Preston OBE,    

Rabbi Danny Rich,     Dr Richard Stone OBE,     Rabbi Jackie Tabick,     Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg,     Lord Justice Woolf.