Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg met Miki Vyse, the JLC’s Yorkshire and East Coast Regional Manager to discuss the Jewish community’s political engagement.
Joel Salmon attended a Facebook and Institute for Strategic Dialogue seminar on countering hate speech and extremism.
Joel Salmon attended an All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism panel discussion on antisemitism on campus.
Joel Salmon met Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran who represents Oxford West and Abingdon. They discussed responsible discourse around the Arab-Israeli Conflict as well as the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto.
Chief Executive Gillian Merronand Education Policy Advisor Dawn Waterman visited JCoSS School to give a workshop to students between years 10 and 12 with the aim of giving them the skills to be effective leaders in their communities. These range from event planning to community organising.
Phil Rosenberg and Dawn Waterman met Peter Swift, Head of Independent Education and School Safeguarding Division at the Department for Education, to discuss the Jewish community’s independent school sector.
President Jonathan Arkush, Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Education Development Manager Sara Perlmutter and Dawn Waterman met Rabbi Shmuel Arkush and colleagues from West Midlands SACRE
Sheila Gewolb met Beverley-Jane Stewart, the Jewish award-winning artist, to discuss possible collaboration with the Jewish Living Experience programme. Beverley-Jane’s work depicts the history of the British Jewish community, linking synagogues with the past and present local communities, and explores the relationship between Jewish and British identity.
Jonathan Arkush attended a Chagigat HaChumash presentation to Year 3 at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School.
Jonathan Arkush and Vice Presidents Marie van der Zyland Sheila Gewolb attended the AJEX Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Sheila Gewolb represented the Board at the AJEX Shabbat service at St John’s Wood Synagogue.
Phil Rosenberg and International Relations Officer David Walshmet Idit Pick, the UJIA’s lead on issues facing Arab citizens, to discuss possible joint programming.
||Grassroots and Advocacy Consultant Steven Jaffe spoke alongside Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, at an event organised by the Hindu Jewish Association of Manchester, co-chaired by Louis Rappaport and Dr Giradari Bahn of the Hindu community. The event discussed Israel and India: a growing friendship and was hosted by Jackson’s Row Synagogue.
Steven Jaffe co-organised and spoke at the Balfour centenary celebration at Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Over 200 attended, including members of the House of Lords, Commons and Northern Ireland Assembly. Speakers included Sharon Bar-li, Deputy Ambassador of Israel, Rabbi David Singer of the Belfast Jewish community, historian Roy Thurley, and David Parsons, Vice President of the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem (ICEJ). The event was hosted by Peter Weir MLA, former Minister of Education in the Northern Ireland executive, and Israeli songs were performed by Tally Koren.
Steven Jaffe accompanied Deputy Ambassador of Israel Sharon Bar-li in a series of meetings in Belfast with politicians, NGOs and church organisations.
Steven Jaffe met Christian leaders Jane and Clive Urquhart to discuss a Jerusalem Prayer breakfast in 2018.
Jonathan Arkush chaired a meeting at Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue addressed by Baroness Deech on the Balfour Centenary.
Sheila Gewolb met Rabbi Michael Rose of Cardiff United Synagogue and Chaplain Achmed al Tisi to discuss joint concerns about Cardiff Coroner’s Court moving to Aberdare.
The Board of Deputies sponsored a screening of the film ‘Remember Baghdad’ at JW3 last week. Senior Vice President Richard Verber introduced the film, explaining that this was the third year that the Board of Deputies had sponsored the UK Jewish Film Festival. The film has particular resonance for the Board of Deputies as one of its main interviewees is Edwin Shuker, Vice Chair of the International Division. Jonathan Arkush and Treasurer Stuart MacDonald also attended. You can also see the film at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley on December 3 and at the British Academy SW1 on December 6.
Steven Jaffe attended the first ever Israeli and Jewish film season at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast, supported by the UK Jewish Film Festival, Israeli Embassy in London, and the Institute of Conflict Research in Belfast.