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Census 2021: Count us in. Join us on Monday for a panel discussion 
Next Monday at 6pm, the Board of Deputies will be partnering with the Institute for Jewish Policy Research to present a panel discussion on the importance of the 2021 Census for the Jewish community.

On the panel will be Dr Jonathan Boyd, the Executive Director of JPR, Peter Benton, Director of Population and Public Policy Operations - Office for National Statistics and prominent Charedi educator and blogger Eli Spitzer. It will be chaired by Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron.

The event begins at 6pm and will be livestreamed on the Board of Deputies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts or just click here. No registration is necessary.
Marie van der Zyl calls out ‘moral bankruptcy’ of international court
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has criticised the decision of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into alleged war crimes by the Israelis.

Marie said: “The decision made by ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open a formal investigation into “alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories” goes to show the increasing moral bankruptcy of international courts. We note that despite the ICC’s claims to be investigating the actions of both Israel and Hamas, the timeline of their investigation begins on 13 June 2014, a day after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers, the action which led to the 2014 war. This shows that the investigation is utterly compromised from the beginning. We also note Ms Bensouda’s apparent decision to ignore the highly critical dissenting opinion of the pre-trial’s Presiding Judge, who highlighted that the decision of his fellows ‘has no legal basis in the Rome Statute, and even less so, in international law’.

“Pursuing this investigation will only further polarise Israelis and Palestinians. It is our hope that Israelis and Palestinians can come together through direct negotiations – as it is only through this means that the conflict will be resolved and a lasting peace forged between peoples.”

Read the JC story here.
 
Join us for a Hidden Treasures event, celebrating singing and oral history with a great cast of experts to guide us through: Dr Vivi Lachs - Yiddishist and author of Whitechapel Noise; Daisy Abboudi - Sephardi Voices UK; Dr Danielle Padley - Anglo Jewish Music in Victorian Britain and Dr Angela Shapiro - Scotland’s Gathering the Voices
 
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Lewis



Lauren Lewis is the Program Associate for RISE by Sundara, a non-profit organisation supporting female entrepreneurs in low and middle-income countries to resolve critical water, sanitation, and hygiene issues in their own communities. Lauren is also a final year Politics with Global Development student at Leeds Beckett University and former Publicity Officer for Leeds Jewish Society.
 

Lauren is a member of Whitefield Synagogue.

Read the full article here.

 
 
 
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Our video for International Women’s Day was released this week. You can watch it here. We would like to thank all the Deputies who were involved in this project.  
POLITICAL
 Director of Public Affairs Phil Rosenberg, Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman and Linda Scott (Co-President, Newcastle Jewish Representative Council, President, Newcastle Reform Synagogue), met Chi Onwurah MP to discuss issues including BDS, the Labour Party, Online Harms and Shechita.
 
Vice President Amanda Bowman, Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman took part in a meeting with Florence Eshalomi MP arranged by the London Jewish Forum, along with local Jewish communal stakeholders. The Board of Deputies representatives gave an update on the Commission for Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community.
INTERNATIONAL
Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb hosted a briefing on the upcoming Israeli election with BICOM Director Richard Pater who presented an analysis of the most recent polls, geopolitical factors and domestic landscape in Israel shaping the election and took questions from the audience of over 100 Deputies. 
 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a webinar hosted by the Universal Rights Group, the UN University for Peace and the World Jewish Congress, entitled 'The Spread of Conspiracy Myths Online: What are the Implications for Human Rights?' featuring Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression, Guilherme Canela, Chief of Section of Freedom of Expression, UNESCO, amongst others. 
 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a briefing by the Anti-Defamation League on 'Iran and the MENA region: educating hate, antisemitism, terrorism and reforms' with David WeinbergADL Washington Director for International Affairs and Marcus Sheff, Chief Executive Officer IMPACT-SE, discussing a new ADL study of Iranian textbooks which shows how school children are taught antisemitism, hatred, and incitement to violence against America, Israel, and the Jewish people. 
 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby gave a talk about the International Relations work of the Board of Deputies of British Jews to the North Cheshire Committee of WIZO UK.
ARCHIVES
Archives and Heritage Manager Dawn Waterman gave Hidden Treasures talks celebrating 100 years of Jewish women in the archives to groups from Bushey United Synagogue and the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation.
CORONAVIRUS
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg worked with the Cabinet Office to convene a roundtable with Charedi community leaders from Stamford Hill, North West London, Manchester, Gateshead and Canvey Island to discuss school re-openings, preparations for Pesach and the vaccine rollout. Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger also joined the meeting.
TRADE UNIONS
 Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg met Kate Dearden, Head of External Relations at the Community Trade Union, to talk about religious freedoms in the workplace and working together to tackle antisemitism in the trade union movement.
DEVOLVED NATIONS
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Government, Regional and Religious Affairs Officer Daniel Elton met Ephraim Borowski from the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Paul Edlin from the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council and Danielle Bett from the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss preparations for the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary Elections.
EDUCATION
Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb attended a virtual meeting of the Cumbria Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) which works to support teaching of RE in schools. Topics discussed included the ‘Virtual Voices in Religious Education’ (VVRE) project which will work with schools and interfaith organisations to bring video recordings of different faith representatives into the classroom.
COMMUNITY
Director of Operations Judy Silkoff, Director of Finance Brian Markeson and Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles met Rabbi Roselaar and Chair Jason Taitz of Alei Tzion to discuss future areas of collaboration.
 
Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles met the Chief Executive of Keshet, Dalia Flemming, to discuss diversity and inclusion work.

Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan, Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles and Archives and Heritage Manager Dawn Waterman met Sarah-Jane Burstein, Membership Engagement Lead for Holocaust Survivors Centre (Jewish Care) to discuss representation of the organisation.
 
Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan met Keith Appleby, Deputy for St Albans United Synagogue, to discuss further Deputy engagement and future work together. 
 
Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan met David Jewell, Deputy for Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation to discuss further Deputy engagement and future work together
 
 
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