Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Government Affairs Officer Daniel Elton met London Councils’ political advisers Jade Appleton, from the Conservative Party, and Mehboob Khan, from the Labour Party, to discuss Jewish communal engagement with local authorities. Subjects discussed included the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and the Board of Deputies’ forthcoming Jewish Manifesto for Local Government. Have your say on the manifesto here.
President Jonathan Arkush attended the launch of a major new series to be broadcast on Radio 4 entitled Living With The Gods. The programme will explore the role and expression of beliefs in communities through time and around the world.
Jonathan Arkush and Chief Executive Gillian Merron attended a reception to mark the launch of Churchill and the Middle East, a new permanent exhibition in the Churchill Museum at Churchill War Rooms.
Vice President Marie van der Zyland Interfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff attended the #No2H8 Crime Awards Gala Dinner, addressed by Lord Bourne, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and other politicians, to celebrate the achievements of those leading the fight against hatred, racism, prejudice and extremism.
International Relations Officer David Walsh and Anthony Silkoffmet a group of Australian young political leaders, as part of an International Political Seminars study tour of the UK. They discussed the Board of Deputies’ work in the areas of interfaith dialogue, social action and international relations.
Grassroots and Advocacy Consultant Steven Jaffeentertained nine Christian leaders with an interest in Israel at his family succah. Guests came from Kingdom Faith church in Horsham, Living Word church in Fareham, North Herts Friends of Israel, Christian Watchmen over Zion and Project Ebenezer which works with the Jewish Agency in assisting aliyah.
Jonathan Arkush met Martin Sugarman, military historian and Archivist of the Association of Jewish ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX), to discuss issues relating to Commonwealth War Graves
Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met Rabbi Moshe Friedman, Director of Education at the Forum for Jewish Leadership.
Education Policy Adviser Dawn Waterman attended the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Strategic Reference Group of stakeholders which considered the EHRC’s 2018 business plan.