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Board of Deputies and WJC launch #WeRemember campaign
January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day  when we encourage everyone to remember the six million victims of the Shoah. This year we have launched a joint social media campaign with the World Jewish Congress. We are asking everyone to post a photo of themselves holding a piece of paper or card with the words ‘We Remember’ and post it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three, using the hashtag #WeRemember.

Images posted to social media will be live streamed on the grounds of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp from January 24 to January 27. Together we can ensure that the victims of history’s most appalling genocide are remembered and honoured.

At this Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting, which takes place at 11.15am and will be livestreamed here, Olivia Marks-Woldman, the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, will be speaking on this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme, the power of words.

Olivia Marks-Woldman, the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, who will be speaking at this Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting

Warning after Chabad overturns decision to accept Torah scroll from sex offender

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has warned against appearing to honour sex offenders after Chabad overturned its decision accept a Sefer Torah donated by a convicted sex offender, following a public celebration of the gift two weeks ago.

Marie said: “Sexual offences are extremely serious and, while we should give people the opportunity to express remorse and change their behaviour, care should be taken not to honour people who have committed these sorts of terrible crimes. I am therefore reassured to note that Chabad has decided not to accept the scroll. No one in the Jewish community must ever give the impression that sexual abuse perpetrators are to be accepted until it is clear they have genuinely repented.”

Judaism GCSE Religious Studies – The Definitive Resource. Available now

The Board of Deputies’ educational resource – the definitive guide for those teaching Judaism in GCSE Religious Studies – is available now.

Entitled, ‘Judaism GCSE Religious Studies – The Definitive Resource’, it provides an unbiased description of the diversity within the Jewish community, and highlights the issues that are of most importance. The 140-page resource is designed to be easy to use and provides information for both students and teachers. Each topic is headed by a list of key facts, which is followed by fuller explanatory material.

It is available to buy as a PDF download at a price of £9.99 or a hard copy at a price of £17.49 (including P & P). Click here to order.

Board of Deputies Activity

The Board of Deputies discussed the critical situation concerning Inner North London Coroners service with representatives from the United Synagogue Burial Synagogue and the Adath Yisroel Burial Society. Vice President Marie Van Der Zyl is meeting the Senior Coroner for Inner North London on January 19 and will be clear that early burials for families who request them is an absolute red line for the community.


Education Development Manager Sara Perlmutter and Education Policy Adviser Dawn Waterman delivered a session to the Three Faiths Forum staff team. Their presentation focused on the outreach and educational work of The Board of Deputies.

Dawn Waterman and Education Consultant Sandra Teacherattended a meeting at Ofsted for schools with a religious character about guidance for inspectors.

Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Dawn Watermanmet Claudia Kitzberg, Formal Education Executive at the United Synagogue, to discuss the policy landscape affecting Jewish schools and opportunities for collaboration.

Phil Rosenberg andParliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met Nathan Servi, of Streetwise, to talk about how to support education about Judaism and how to tackle antisemitism in schools.

Sara Perlmutter and Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader met the expert steering group of the Judaism outreach accreditation programme. 2018 will be the pilot year and the aim is to have a small cohort of professionals ready to mentor by the summer term. Full roll-out will follow next year.


Vice President Marie van der Zylattended LSE’s festive celebrations as guest of LSE Chaplain Rev James Walters.


Chief Executive Gillian Merron was a participant on the Senior Faith Leaders Programme organised by SFLP – Faith in Leadership and the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

Interfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff attended “Understanding Islamophobia and Antisemitism in Europe and the UK in 2018”, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, and chaired by Nusrat Ghani MP.

Marie van der ZylPhil Rosenberg and Anthony Silkoff met representatives of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to discuss plans for the next series of Invest in Peace events, to support Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding.


Marie van der Zyl met Deputy Israeli Ambassador Sharon Bar Li at the Israeli Embassy.


Calling all Jewish students! The deadline for submissions to the Campus Pitch project are next Wednesday, January 17. Would you like £5,000 for a project or event you would like to run on campus? Apply now at


President Jonathan Arkush attended Masorti Judaism’s annual dinner.

Joel Salmon met the Movement Workers at RSY-Netzer to discuss getting more young people involved in the work of the Board of Deputies .

11 JANUARY 2018
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