In defence of Lord Levy

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS/ -

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

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