Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has invited people to dwell upon the “miraculous rebirth” of the state of Israel in his Pesach message for 2016. Jonathan said: “Israel is a country which has flourished. It is one of the world’s most advanced liberal democracies with a burgeoning economy, some of the world’s most innovative minds and a constitution which respects the rights of all of its citizens and affords them all representation and protection under the law.” To read the full message, click here.
Jonathan Arkush and Chief Executive Gillian Merron met Baroness Royall, who is leading an inquiry into allegations of antisemitism in the Oxford University Labour Club.
International Relations Officer David Walsh and International Division Vice Chair Edwin Shukerattended the launch of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s 2015 Human Rights Report.
A documentary on French Jews called ‘Never Again: Fear and Faith in Paris’ was broadcast on BBC One. Featured in the programme was Senior Vice President Richard Verber. The Board of Deputies assisted the producers of the documentary. You can watch the film on BBC iPlayer.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, Grassroots Consultant on Israel Steven Jaffe, Public Affairs Officer Jack Thorpe-Baker and David Walshmet Michael McCann, Director of the Israel-Britain Alliance, to discuss respective work programmes.
Richard Verber and Chief Executive Gillian Merron met Shadow Foreign Office Minister Diana Johnson to discuss Middle East issues.
Vice President Sheila Gewolb visited St Michael’s CE school in Camden to give Passover presentations to two classes of children aged seven to 10.
Sheila Gewolb attended the 2016 Cumbria SACRE RE conference in Penrith. She represented the Jewish faith at workshops and presentations delivered to non-Jewish primary and secondary school teachers.
Vice President Marie van der Zylattended the European Union for Progressive Judaism biennial conference dinner at West London Synagogue.
Steven Jaffe gave a live interview on Network 2 of Israel Radio on countering anti-Israel extremism in the UK.