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Board of Deputies President applauds House of Lords for supporting genocide amendment and announces press conference to call for support from MPs

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has applauded the House of Lords for voting in favour of Lord Alton’s revised genocide amendment to the Government’s Trade Bill, with a huge majority of 171.

Marie said: “The systematic rape and torture of Uyghur women, revealed in horrific detail by the BBC yesterday, serves as yet another reminder that the world cannot turn away from the brutality of the Chinese government. The Board of Deputies will be holding a press conference with Uyghur speakers and a Holocaust survivor, on Monday 8th February at 2:00pm, to call on MPs to support the new amendment when it returns to the House of Commons on Tuesday.”

Mazal Tov to the Board of Deputies representatives on the Jewish News '120 over 80' roll of honour
Today we are celebrating those associated with the Board of Deputies who made it onto the Jewish News 120 over 80 list, which profiles the 120 individuals aged 80 and over whose achievements have inspired us for decades.

Here, in no particular order, is the Board of Deputies roll of honour: Sir Ben Helfgott MBE, Deputy for the 45 Aid Society; David Farbey, Deputy for Finchley Reform Synagogue; David Parlons z"l, formerly Deputy for Sandy’s Row Synagogue; Dennis Coppel, the President of the Belfast Jewish Community; Ella Marks, Deputy for League of Jewish Women; Sir Ivan Lawrence, Deputy for North West Surrey Synagogue; Jerome Freedman, Deputy for South London Liberal Synagogue; Louise Freedman, formerly a Deputy for the Alliance of Jewish Women; Joy Wolfe, Deputy for Yeshurun Synagogue, Manchester; Louis Rapaport, Deputy for Manchester Reform Synagogue; Malvyn Benjamin, Deputy for Hendon United Synagogue; Ron Shelley MBE, former Treasurer; Rosalind Preston, former Vice President; Lord Stanley Clinton-Davis, former Deputy; Sydney Assor, former Deputy; Tony Sacker, former Vice President.

You can read more about their wonderful achievements by clicking here, here, here and here.
Liverpool Steet Station lights up in honour of Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Board of Deputies Archives and Heritage Manager Dawn Waterman worked with staff at Network Rail to ensure that Liverpool Street station was among the iconic buildings in Britain to be lit up in purple to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

Liverpool Street station is proud of its role as the final stop on a long journey to safety for the Kindertransport children and has two permanent memorials; The Arrival by Frank Meisler, who himself came to Britain as a Kindertransport child, and Flor Kent’s Fur Das Kind.

In September 2009, the Winton Train arrived at Liverpool Street station from Harwich as part of a commemorative train journey from the Czech Republic. This was organised as a tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton, who supervised the rescue of 669 children in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport.

Sir Nicholas Winton’s personal archive is among the 50 archives involved in the Board’s initiative Hidden Treasures; celebrating Jewish archives in Britain.

Network Rail made a point of sharing the story of Liverpool Street station’s role in the Kindertransport with its staff.

President Marie van der Zyl met Honorary Principal of Naima Jewish Preparatory School Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy and Deputy Dr Efrat Sopher, who is a governor of the school, to discuss shared Sephardic heritage and potential work to celebrate this. Director of Public Affairs Phil Rosenberg, Heritage and Archives Manager Dawn Waterman, Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles and Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger also attended.

Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger met Raisel Freedman from the Partnership for Jewish Schools for a catch up on the organisations’ education work.
Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger attended a meeting of the Faith/BAME Involvement Group in Wales, discussing a framework for Relationships and Sex Education in the country.
Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger arranged and attended roundtables for Jewish synagogal bodies with Public Health England Director Jonathan Simpson, to provide updates on Covid-19 and answer questions about places of worship.
Vice President Amanda Bowman, Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman, Leon Smith (Deputy, Bristol Hebrew Congregation), David Jewell (Deputy, Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation), Edward Isaacs (President, Bristol JSoc) and Amanda Sefton (Sabbatical Officer, UJS) met Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, to discuss a number of issues, including online and campus antisemitism and opposition to the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement.

Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman met Nusrat Ghani MP to discuss next steps in relation to the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill which the Board of Deputies has publicly supported.

Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman, Linda Scott (Chair, Newcastle Reform Synagogue, Co-President, Newcastle Jewish Representative Council) and Sam Pearlman (Deputy, Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation) met Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central, to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community.
Director of Operations Judy Silkoff and Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles met Debbie Sheldon and Emma May of Work Avenue to discuss future areas of collaboration.
Director of Operations Judy Silkoff and Community Engagement Officer Lauren Keiles met  Rabbi Dov Cowan of the Jewish Learning Exchange (JLE) to discuss future areas of collaboration.

Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan met David Benson, Deputy for Birmingham Central Synagogue, to discuss further Deputy engagement and future work together.   

Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan 
met Stephen de Wijze and Joy Wolfe, Deputies for Yeshurun Synagogue, Manchester and Steve Kremnitzer, Chairman of Yeshurun Synagogue, to discuss further Deputy engagement and future work together. 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby spoke with Georgia Boroda, Community Engagement Officer at the Israeli Embassy about collaborative and engagement opportunities between the Board of Deputies, UK Jewish communities and the Embassy. 
International Relations Officer Talia Ingleby attended a series of briefings related to the Israeli vaccination programme and the working relationship with the Palestinian Authority. 
Archive and Heritage Manager Dawn Waterman attended a briefing given by the NHS Blood and Transplant about the next phase of their organ donation campaign Leave Them Certain which encourages people to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their family. Since the passing of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act, an adult is considered to have agreed to donate organs after their death unless they have recorded a decision to opt-out. Families will always be involved before any organ donation takes place.
Andrea Passe, Project Manager, EcoSynagogue spoke to Stuart Neaverson, Campaigns Executive at The Climate Coalition to explore ways to support each other’s work in the climate emergency conversation.
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