No Lib­eral cash for 60th rally

The Jewish Chronicle - - Special Report - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE JEWISH Lead­er­ship Coun­cil is look­ing for £350,000 to fi­nance next June’s Salute to Is­rael pa­rade in Lon­don to cel­e­brate Is­rael’s 60th birth­day.

But al­ready the Lib­eral move­ment has re­jected a re­quest to do­nate £25,000 to­wards the event.

JLC chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy New­mark said that so far around a third of the cost had been pledged to­wards the pa­rade, or­gan­ised jointly with the Board of Deputies.

For­mal ap­proaches for do­na­tions had al­ready been made to the ma­jor Is­rael or­gan­i­sa­tions, he ex­plained. Other Is­rael-re­lated and syn­a­gogue or­gan­i­sa­tions would also be asked.

“We are hop­ing a sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ment of the funds will come from com­mer­cial spon­sor­ship,” he added.

A Lib­eral Ju­daism source said the move­ment had been spo­ken to by a JLC mem­ber, adding: “I be­lieve she wasn’t sup­posed to approach us. She went off half-cock.” Al­though the move­ment would be “happy to pub­li­cise the event”, to en­cour­age mem­bers to go and bear the cost if it de­cided to have a float, it felt that it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to con­trib­ute funds di­rectly.

A Re­form spokesman told the JC that the move­ment had also “been in­for­mally ap­proached. We made it clear that we are to­tally com­mit­ted to the rally, will pro­mote it and help to mo­bilise our mem­bers in sup­port­ing it — but we as­sumed that the core fund­ing would be pro­vided by the main Is­rael or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

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