President Jonathan Arkush,Senior Vice President Richard Verber, Vice President Marie van der Zyl, Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Chief Executive Gillian Merron and Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg attended the London Jewish Forum-Jewish Leadership Council commemoration for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Earlier in the day, Marie van der Zyl andInterfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff attended a march to mark the occasion, and Marie was interviewed about the significance of Cable Street on LBC and London Live. Read the Jewish News report here.
Phil Rosenberg and International Relations Officer David Walshmet Julian Mansfield, Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Middle East Peace Process team, to discuss coexistence projects, the status of Hamas’s proscription on a European level, incitement and misuse of funds in the Palestinian Authority, and geopolitical issues.
David Walsh attended the Embassy of Israel’s reception to mark National Coming Out Day. The reception, which was attended by a number of Jewish and non-Jewish LGBT community activists and politicians, was addressed by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, Angela Eagle MP (Lab), Joanna Cherry MP (SNP), Chris Bryant MP (Lab), Lord Glendonbrook (Con) and Lord Oates (Lib Dem).
David Walsh attended the 5th Anniversary Gala of the Centre for Turkey Studies.
David Walsh met the Director of B’nai B’rith London Bureau of International Affairs Jeremy Havardi to discuss potential collaborations between our organisations.
Treasurer Stuart MacDonald andCommunity Services Manager Colin Spanjar met Rabbi Charley Baginsky of Liberal Judaism to discuss the Communal Contribution and other matters in which the Board and Liberal Judaism can co-operate.
Stuart MacDonald and Colin Spanjar met Matt Plen, Chief Executive of Masorti Judaism, to discuss the Communal Contribution. They agreed to have further regular meetings.
Stuart MacDonald, Colin Spanjar and Gillian Merron met with leaders of the United Synagogue to discuss the Communal Contribution and other matters.
Sheila Gewolb and Marie van der Zyl attended the Israeli Embassy/Hindu community (BAPS) event at the Neasden Temple at which Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev spoke.
Government Affairs Officer Dawn Waterman attended a meeting at the Department for Education to discuss the reform of National Professional Qualifications – leadership qualifications for head teachers – which may result in a faith-based NPQ in the future.