International Relations Officer David Walsh met Udi Volkov of the British Embassy in Israel to discuss political developments in the country, UK-Israel relations and the Jewish community’s positions on various Israel related issues.
In Vienna, David Walsh participated in the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency’s stakeholder meeting on discrimination and hate crime against Jews.
President Jonathan Arkush attended a dinner and concert at the home of the Ambassador of Germany.
Jonathan Arkush and Chief Executive Gillian Merron met Jonathan Greenbatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League
Jonathan Arkush attended a reception to launch the UK Legal Friends of Israel Charitable Trust at the House of Lords.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and David Walsh met counter-extremism leads at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Treasurer Stuart MacDonald attended a meeting of the Israel Bonds Advisory Board.
Grassroots and Advocacy Consultant Steven Jaffe held a series of meetings with leading Christian supporters of Israel including Michael Young, Ruth Fazal and Annette Powell.
Steven Jaffe met Luke Akehurst and Rachel Kaye of We Believe in Israel to discuss various pro-Israel initiatives.
Jonathan Arkush addressed a celebration in Hull of the 250th anniversary of the Hull Jewish community.
Gillian Merron chaired the CEO’s forum which brings together chief executives from across the community. Discussions included crisis management. There was also a presentation from Kisharon about its “Equals” brand – a strategy to create sustainable services.
Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met Mitchell Cohen, Deputy for Bushey and District Synagogue, to discuss young Jewish public affairs professionals.
Senior Vice President Richard Verber ran two consultations on Board of Deputies governance proposals.
Jonathan Arkush attended an Institute of Jewish Policy Research President’s Lunch at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Leigh.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met Scottish National Party MP for East Renfrewshire Kirsten Oswald MP to discuss antisemitism, promoting peace in the Middle East and interfaith relations.
Phil Rosenberg and Joel Salmon met Rebecca Viney and Sophie Ross, Co-Chairs of the Civil Service Jewish Network to plan cooperation over the coming months. Sophie is also a Deputy for New North London Synagogue.
Phil Rosenberg and Joel Salmon met the public affairs team at Google to talk about tackling hate and extremism online.
Phil Rosenberg attended a celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Phil Rosenberg and Interfaith Officer and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff met Hampstead Synagogue and St Andrews URC Church, Frognal to discuss local interfaith partnerships.
Vice President Sheila Gewolb attended the Cumbria SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education) meeting in Carlisle. One of the main topics was the forthcoming SACRE conference, at which the new locally agreed syllabus for RE will be presented to all Cumbria RE teachers.
Sheila Gewolb was a guest at the children’s prize giving and lunch at Cardiff Reform Synagogue. Also present were the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Lord Mayor of Cardiff, and several Cardiff MPs.
Education Policy Adviser Dawn Waterman attended the PaJeS conference for the Head Teachers of Jewish schools.
Dawn Waterman and Community Services Manager Colin Spanjar met trustees of Jewish Heritage UK to discuss issues of mutual concern throughout the country.
Education Consultant Sandra Teacher is working with the Department for Education Counter Extremism Unit to produce resource material to help Early Years pupils understand about how to identify forms of extremism.
Sandra Teacher attended a conference at the Department for Education in Sheffield as part of the Free School’s team. The latest initiatives were discussed for when the next wave of applications take place.
Jonathan Arkush attended a reception at the House of Lords for Holocaust Memorial Day to thank all the volunteers and staff who worked for HMD 2017.
Designs for the new National Holocaust Memorial and learning centre, which have been produced by some of the world’s very best architectural talent, are available to view online. The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation wants to hear from you. Consultation with the public, those working in the field of Holocaust remembrance and education, as well as technical experts will play a crucial role in informing the final decision of the jury. You can view the designs and have your say here.