Education Policy Adviser Dawn Waterman liaised with Department for Education officials in advance of the Secretary of State’s announcement that she would be making relationships and sex education statutory. The announcement states that ‘Parents will continue to have a right to withdraw their children from sex education. Schools will have flexibility over how they deliver these subjects, so they can develop an integrated approach that is sensitive to the needs of the local community; and, as now, faith schools will continue to be able to teach in accordance with the tenets of their faith.’
The Jewish Living Experience exhibition returned to St Albans to enable almost another 300 young people and their 25 teaching staff from local schools to benefit from an interactive experience and link to their local synagogue. This follows the highly successful recent visit to St Albans Cathedral that attracted over 480 young people, 55 teaching staff, 60 local dignitaries, over 1,000 additional visits and local radio and press coverage.
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Education Consultant Sandra Teacher visited St Edward's Catholic School in Newham to award the Religious Education Quality Mark.
Sandra Teacher visited Arsenal's Emirates Stadium to discuss ways for them to engage further in Interfaith work.
President Jonathan Arkush attended the opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s exhibition in Parliament “People, Book, Land – the Jewish people’s 3,500 year old connection with the land of Israel”
Vice President Sheila Gewolb, Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, and Grassroots and Advocacy Consultant Steven Jaffe attended an event hosted by the Embassy of Israel and WIZOuk to mark Tu B'Shvat at Kew Gardens.
Jonathan Arkush addressed the Radlett Reform congregation at a Shabbat service.
Gillian Merron and Treasurer Stuart MacDonald attended the launch of the Abraham's Tent project at South London Liberal Synagogue. The project will provide a home for refugees in a refurbished flat at SLLS.
Sheila Gewolb attended the 200th Anniversary of the establishment of a Jewish community in Edinburgh, hosted by the Lord and Lady Provost in the City Chambers.
Gillian Merron and Joel Salmon met with Leeds East MP Richard Burgon, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor, to discuss Jewish communal interests and concerns.
Joel Salmon and Vice President Sheila Gewolb met Craig Williams MP, Member for Cardiff North, as part of the Board of Deputies’ parliamentary engagement. He has agreed to become a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.
Gillian Merron and met Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, with colleagues from the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss issues of concern.
Vice President Marie van der Zyl and Joel Salmon met the Vice Chancellor of Sussex University to discuss the community’s serious concerns over anti-Israel extremism on campus.
Marie van der Zyl and Joel Salmon also spoke with the Principal of Kings College London to relay the serious concerns of the Jewish community over anti-Israel activism at universities.
The Lithuanian Ambassador HE Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene addressed a meeting of the International Division on UK-Lithuania relations, Lithuania-Israel relations, the Jewish community in Lithuania today and in the past.
Jonathan Arkush, Gillian Merron, Marie van der Zyl and Stuart MacDonald attended the Community Security Trust's annual dinner.
Jonathan Arkush and Interfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff attended the British Islam Conference - a "marketplace of ideas" for the Muslim community - which has taken some inspiration from Limmud. Jonathan Arkush addressed the conference on the topic “Are British and faith values in conflict?” and took questions on a panel alongside Rabiha Hannan, co-founder of New Horizons in British Islam, and Pasha Shah, Senior Policy Adviser at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Phil Rosenberg attended a stakeholder meeting at the Three Faiths Forum about community cohesion and local government.
Phil Rosenberg and Communications Officer Simon Round met Mark Friend to discuss the BBC’s Review of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.
Steven Jaffe was interviewed on Revelation TV about the festival of Purim and antisemitism.
Designs for the new National Holocaust Memorial and learning centre, which have been produced by some of the world's very best architectural talent, are available to view online. The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation wants to hear from you. Consultation with the public, those working in the field of Holocaust remembrance and education, as well as technical experts will play a crucial role in informing the final decision of the jury. You can view the designs and have your say here.