Senior Vice President Richard Verber attended the AIPAC conference in Washington DC. While in Washington DC, Richard met with a number of American Jewish community organisations and with officials at the British Embassy in Washington alongside the Jewish Leadership Council.
Chief Executive Gillian Merron travelled to Warsaw to attend the opening gala for AJC’s Central Europe office. Gillian held talks with AJC CEO David Harris and AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen on a number of upcoming joint projects.
As recipient of the World Jewish Congress Ralph Goldman Award, International Relations Officer David Walsh participated in the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Programme of the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. The cohort, which included elected officials, NGO representatives and private sector leaders from the US and Europe, took part in a number of seminars and workshops on transatlantic relations and inclusion in advocacy.
David Walsh participated in the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum. Key speakers included Senator John McCain, Guy Verhofstadt MEP, First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders. David was interviewed by Serbian public television on the sidelines of the forum.
David Walsh met Executive Vice President Raya Kalenova and Director of EU Affairs Nuno Wahnon Martins of the European Jewish Congress to discuss current areas of cooperation.
President Jonathan Arkush addressed the opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Exhibition at JW3 on People, Book, Land – the 3,500 year relationship of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg spoke to Israeli social business IDEA about supporting UK training and learning opportunities for the Israeli local government sector.
Phil Rosenberg met Maureen Fisher of WIZO UK to talk about possible opportunities for joint work on promoting UK-Israel relations and coexistence projects.
Education Development Manager Sara Perlmutter and Education Consultant Sandra Teacher attended the National SACRE conference held on Sunday. More than 25 representatives from across the UK attended. The Board of Deputies coordinates this training and networking conference annually to support the important work of our Jewish SACRE members. For more information, click here. If you would like to be involved in representing the Jewish community to develop statutory, locally agreed syllabi for religious education, email email@example.com
||Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Phil Rosenberg and Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met the Partnership for Jewish Schools and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research to discuss future Jewish education opportunities.
Interfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff joined volunteers from across the country for Sadaqa Day – a day of social action led by Muslims. At Sunridge Court Care Home in Golders Green, Anthony joined residents and Muslim and Jewish volunteers to help pack toiletries which were later sent to Sufra Food Bank. Photos here.
Vice President Marie van der Zyl and Anthony Silkoff attended the Council of Christians and Jews’ Freedom Seder, on the theme of tackling human trafficking and modern slavery.
Anthony Silkoff attended an interfaith panel discussion on “Success, Faith and Philanthropy,” featuring members of the Sikh and Jewish communities of the UK.
Sheila Gewolb met Phil Champain, Director of the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) to discuss the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith which has recently been launched as part of his Building Bridges for a Fairer London initiative. This framework articulates the Lieutenancy’s mission and suggests ways it will use its influence to make Londoners’ lives better by helping to increase their sense of belonging.
Phil Rosenberg and Joel Salmon met David Barclay from Faith in Labour to discuss the Jewish community’s policy priorities and the need for the party to tackle antisemitism with conviction.
Phil Rosenberg led a discussion with the Croydon Central Labour Party on antisemitism.
Sheila Gewolb, Joel Salmon, Education Policy Officer Dawn Waterman and Grassroots and Advocacy Consultant Steven Jaffe attended a private viewing of ‘Jerusalem’, an exhibition of 12 portraits of Jerusalemites, by artist Colin Davidson. Each portrait was of someone with a unique story, and the subjects were each from wholly diverse backgrounds. The underlying theme was of common humanity.
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.