Vice President Sheila Gewolbvisited the North East Religious Learning Recourses Centre in Durham, at the invitation of its director, Karenza Passmore. The centre houses interfaith resources for schools and other interested parties. The possibility of collaborating with the Board of Deputies to train local Jewish school visitors, running workshops in Judaism for teachers, and taking the Jewish Living Experience exhibition (JLE) to the north-east, was explored.
Sheila Gewolb attended the North North-West hub of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) in Chorley, Lancs. Other areas represented were Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Cheshire West/Chester, Halton/Widnes, Lancashire, Warrington, Widnes and Wigan. Topics discussed included how teaching about British values could be incorporated into the RE syllabus, and the issue of humanist representation on SACREs.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Education Consultant Sandra Teacher met officials at the Department of Education to discuss tackling antisemitism and extremism in schools, as well as ensuring that teaching on the Middle East conflict is fair and balanced.
President Jonathan Arkush attended the Jewish Care Campaign Dinner.
Jonathan Arkush gave a talk at the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Golders Green.
Senior Vice President Richard Verber spoke and answered questions about the Board of Deputies at a Q & A Kiddush at Manchester Great, New and Central Synagogue.
Jonathan Arkush attended a reception given by the Indian-Jewish Association.
Vice President Marie van der Zylled a Board of Deputies delegation to visit the Neasden Temple as part of our work to expand Hindu-Jewish relations.
Phil Rosenberg and Government Affairs Officer Dawn Watermanmet officials at the Department for Work and Pensions to discuss ways of promoting flexibility for Jewish employees who wish to observe Shabbat and Jewish festivals.
Dawn Waterman attended a conference at King’s College entitled “Welcome to Britain? Refugees, Then and Now”. A number of speakers noted the close association between the Board of Deputies and Eleanor Rathbone MP in whose honour the conference was held.
Richard Verber and International Relations Officer David Walshmet the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK to discuss potential areas of co-operation between our respective communities and organisations.
Chief Executive Gillian Merron attended the Commonwealth Summer Reception at Grosvenor House.
Grassroots Consultant on Israel Steven Jaffe accompanied Dan Golan, cultural attaché at the Israeli embassy, on a visit to Belfast. They met cultural leaders at a roundtable meeting hosted by Dr Katy Radford and met the Minister For Communities in the Northern Ireland executive, Paul Givan MLA. Steven and Dan also attended an evening to honour Israel at the Northern Ireland Assembly, hosted by the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem.
Gillian Merron and David Walshmet chairman of Tel Aviv in London Marc Worth to discuss support for the festival.