Shami Chakrabarti, the chair of the Labour Party’s inquiry into antisemitism, has invited community members to submit evidence to the inquiry. The deadline is tomorrow (June 10). If you would like to make a submission, click here.
The Board of Deputies is looking for summer interns to work for a period between the end of June and late September. The ideal candidates will have previous interest and experience in one or more of: interfaith relations, social action, policy, government, politics and education, Israel, international affairs and antisemitism. Travel and lunch expenses will be paid. For full details and how to apply, clickhere.
Education Development Manager Sara Perlmutter andParliamentary Officer Dawn Waterman took part in a meeting with Department for Education officials, Ofqual and the relevant examination boards to discuss GCSE and A level Biblical Hebrew.
Sara Perlmutter attended a Religious Education Council committee meeting last week to assist development of their strategy and address governance issues.
The Board of Deputies, in partnership with PAJES ran a pilot “twilight” Judaism teacher training session in St Albans. Following the success of this session, the programme is being rolled out in the Clifton Diocese in Bristol.
While at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Washington DC, President Jonathan Arkush andInternational Relations Officer David Walsh attended a meeting with Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs at the AJC, to discuss his OSCE role in combating antisemitism and his upcoming visit to London. They met William Daroff, Senior Vice President of the Jewish Federations of North America to discuss respective activities and share best practice on political engagement. They also attended a briefing on Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah by Middle East expert Emanuele Ottolenghi.
Grassroots consultant on Israel Steven Jaffe met members of the Christadelphian community in the West Midlands. He visited their warehouse which sends over 80 boxes a week of clothing to Israel and Jewish communities in need in Eastern Europe. He expressed his thanks to the volunteers who run this project which has run for more than 70 years.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg attended a conference for young political leaders from diverse backgrounds on transatlantic strategic issues, organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He was part of a panel discussion on inclusion and hate crime. More information on the network here.
Steven Jaffe attended a gathering of Friends of Israel groups from across the UK which met in Birmingham. The meeting was convened by We Believe in Israel and hosted by West Midlands Friends of Israel. Over 12 regional groups were represented at the meeting.
Senior Vice President Richard Verber met Rael Goodman, Head of the Jewish Agency, to discuss potential collaborations with the Board of Deputies.
Jonathan Arkush participated in an Any Questions panel of the London Association of North East Regional Orthodox Synagogues at Ilford United Synagogue.
Treasurer Stuart MacDonald andChief Executive Gillian Merron attended the Liberal Judaism Council of Patrons Dinner at the House of Lords. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism, was guest speaker at the event.
Richard Verber presented an award at the Yoni Jesner Awards at Arts Depot, Finchley.