The Board of Deputies welcomes two new additions to the ever-growing network of Friends of Israel groups across the British Isles. On Sunday our Grassroots Consultant on Israel Steven Jaffe, spoke at the packed launch of Southend Friends of Israel at the synagogue, Finchley Road. The Mayor of Southend attended and a letter of support was read out from local MP, Sir David Amess. Meanwhile in Jersey more than 80 attended the launch of Jersey Friends of Israel, including the Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, representatives of the Jewish community and Christian friends.
Board President Jonathan Arkush attended a reception at the US Ambassador’s residence to welcome the new Deputy Chief of Mission.
In Paris, Jonathan Arkush andVice President Marie van der Zylattended “Continuing the Dialogue: Combating Antisemitism in Europe through Legal and Other Means” – a conference hosted by the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and the European Jewish Fund. Jonathan spoke at the event.
Marie van der Zyl attended a dinner for Concordis a charity providing dialogue for peace in Africa and other advice on international conflict resolution.
Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Steven Jaffe andInterfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff attended a Christian Watchmen over Zion fellowship meeting, to find out more about their pro-Israel advocacy.
The Board of Deputies and the UK Task Force hosted an evening with Dr Dalia Fadila, Arab feminist, educator, entrepreneur and social activist, who was in conversation with Chief Executive Gillian Merron.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon attended the Liberal Democrat Conference where they went to a Friends of Israel panel on the UK’s relationship with Israel after Brexit. The panel featured Baroness Ludford, Tom Brake MP, and a diplomat from the Israeli Embassy.
Phil Rosenberg and Joel Salmonwere invited to a Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel dinner with a number of parliamentarians. Israeli regional and local politics were discussed, as was the British Jewish community’s relationship to Israel.
Phil Rosenberg and Joel Salmonmet Sussex Friends of Israel to discuss grassroots activism and how to strengthen campaigns across the UK.
Marie van der Zyl andGovernment Affairs Officer Dawn Waterman attended the Labour leadership election candidates’ hustings held at JW3.
Education Development Manager Sara Perlmutter attended the Religious Education Council executive meeting.
Sara Perlmutter chaired the launch event of JDP – Jewish Development Professionals – at the Jewish Museum. This is a collaboration of organisations combining to develop student and teacher Judaism resources.
The Board of Deputies, together with Partnership for Jewish Schools, delivered the second of three twilight teaching sessions, in Clifton, Bristol.
Gillian Merron attended UJIA’s Annual Dinner.
Gillian Merron spoke at New London Synagogue to debate ‘We live in a tolerant society’ with Tulip Siddiq MP. The event was chaired by Rabbi Jeremy Gordon.
Dawn Waterman attended a seminar to mark the 75thanniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees.
Anthony Silkoff and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, met Peter Colwell, Deputy General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. They discussed plans for the Board’s ‘Invest in Peace’ project, which aims to unite churches and synagogues in support of peacebuilding initiatives.Anthony Silkoff and Phil Rosenberg also met David Tatem, Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, United Reformed Church, to discuss ‘Invest in Peace’.
Anthony Silkoff attended the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe’s felicitation of their Trustee Rusi K Dalal, along with other representatives of faith communities and interfaith bodies.
Anthony Silkoff gave a speech at the #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship film premiere on the UN Day of Peace, along with representatives of various faith communities and the Mayor of London’s office.