Vice President Marie van der Zyl with colleagues from the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Shechita UK, this week met Leader of Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver, to discuss the Council’s recent decision to ban non-mechanically stunned meat from schools. Following the meeting, she said: “I remain troubled by Councillor Driver’s dismissive attitude. He refused to see the danger of his assertion that Jewish and Muslim councillors could not be objective because of their faiths. He also stood by polarising and divisive language that can only harm community relations. Our elected representatives should be taking a lead on how to treat others with respect. Councillor Driver has failed to do that on this occasion.
We will be writing to Councillor Driver to express our views and will continue to work with colleagues to protect our community’s rights.”
Education Development Manager Sara Perlmutter and Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader attended the launch of the Ofsted Chief Inspector’s Annual Report in Westminster.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg attended celebrations for Bangladesh Independence Day at the British Library with the High Commissioner of Bangladesh.
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Vice President Sheila Gewolb attended the 10th anniversary celebration of Lapido Media at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in Bishopsgate, London. Lapido Media works towards the advancement of religious literacy in the media, engaging with journalists and faith communities to overcome religious myths and misconceptions, so that issues concerning diverse religious issues can be fairly reported.
Sheila Gewolb attended a Chanukah party for the cheder children at Cardiff United Synagogue.
Sheila Gewolb represented the Board of Deputies at the Civic Menorah Lighting event at Cardiff Reform Synagogue.
Sheila Gewolb represented the Board of Deputies at the Northwood United Synagogue’s Traditional Lighting of the Chanukah Candles event, hosted by Three Rivers District Council.