In defence of Lord Levy
I FIND CYNTHIA GODFREY’S letter (JC December 29) both pretentious and ill-informed.
What evidence does she have that Lord Levy is “blinded by power”? Anyone who knows him, or has worked with him, knows that his devotion to his faith and his community has always been unwavering and unambiguous, no matter how great his wealth or influence became.
When head of JFS, I called on him countless times for help for students. His personal cheque was in the post next day. When he was in Israel, he took time out to visit the JFS students at Givat Washington, especially those who might be in need.
He sought assurance that young Israelis were getting the right teaching at JFS and the culmination of his devotion to Jewish education was raising the funds for the magnificent new campus in Kenton.
As president of the Board of Deputies I worked closely with him, and it was he who arranged for a broad delegation of leaders of the Jewish community to have a lengthy meeting with the Prime Minister to bring home the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
Others can speak better of his work for Jewish Care and UJIA than I.
Our 350th anniversary shows us that we are fortunate in Britain to live where Jews can reach the highest positions of influence, and remain committed, practising Jews. We fear none of the “disdain” which seems to worry Cynthia Godfrey so much.
I have “disdain” only for those who would leave Lord Levy without the support he deserves during the present investigation. Jo Wagerman Crespigny Road, London NW4