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29th April 2021
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Speak up for the Jewish community in the 6th May elections. Our new website’s campaign section supports you in contacting decision-makers and making the case for the Jewish community. 


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Nominations have been announced for the Board of Deputies Honorary Officer elections which will take place on Sunday 9th May.

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The Board of Deputies will be joining football for a social media walkout this weekend to protest against continued online abuse.

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Our new website has now been launched. The new site is even more user-friendly and makes it easier to keep up to date with news updates, events and information. Check it out by clicking below.

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If you have been distressed by the desperate scenes in India, you can help by giving to the #OxygenForIndia appeal supported by the Board of Deputies. Please give what you can by clicking below.

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The Board of Deputies have condemned Human Rights Watch report which perpetuates the Apartheid slur against Israel.

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This week's Volunteer Spotlight is on Christina Hilsenrath, the chair of the Friends of the Bath Jewish Burial Ground, a small group of committed volunteers, who are responsible for the restoration and maintenance of Bath’s historic Jewish burial ground

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Hustings

Watch the the candidates for the Board of Deputies presidency debate the big issues at a hustings on Tuesday 4 May, chaired by Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer. You can watch here. Catch up with this week's Vice President and Treasurer hustings here.
 

International

Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb attended a meeting of the Communities Advisory Group of the Commonwealth Jewish Council together with representatives from Jamaica, India and Gibraltar. Topics discussed included emerging Jewish communities in Africa and an environmental project with school children in Gibraltar.

International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby held a virtual meeting with Chloe Dunbobbin, Interfaith officer at the Embassy of Israel in London, to discuss areas of mutual interest and opportunities for interfaith engagement. 

International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a World Jewish Congress WebTalk with Ambassador Chris Lazaris, President of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, to discuss Greece's assumption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Presidency (IHRA) and how he will steer the body in the fight against antisemitism.

President Marie van der Zyl, Director of Public Affairs Phil Rosenberg and International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby had a virtual meeting with Lord Pickles, the UK's Special Envoy on Post-Holocaust Issues to discuss Holocaust restitution, the promotion of the IHRA definition of antisemitism to help combat antisemitism. 

International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a session of the World Jewish Congress' 16th plenary programme to discuss the upcoming resolutions to be voted on at the WJC plenary. 

Director of Public Affairs Phil Rosenberg, Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman and International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby held a virtual meeting with Michael Rubin, Director of Labour Friends of Israel and Tom Murray, LFI's Parliamentary and Research Officer, to discuss areas of mutual interest and priorities in Israel advocacy. 

Political

Director of Public Affairs Phil Rosenberg and Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman met Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer to discuss the fight against online hate, protection of Shechita and improving the coroners’ service. You can see a tweet about the meeting here.

Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman spoke to Dr. Simon Cross, Research, Engagement, & Parliamentary Liaison for Bishop of Oxford, regarding upcoming Online Harms Legislation.


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