WRONG OVER BOARD
So Geoffrey Alderman is at it again ( JC October 23). Few can deny that the birth of the non-elected, selfappointed Jewish Leadership Council has caused some confusion, even uncertainty, over the validity of the Board of Deputies’ claim to be “the voice of British Jews”.
Clever as he undoubtedly is, one must wonder, judging by his final paragraph, if he does not arrive at a conclusion before piecing together the facts.
Differences of opinion (and has it not been said that if 10 Jews get in a room together there will most likely be 11 views?) are not “rifts”.
The Board, he states, is “learning again that it does not represent British Jews and has little influence on those who do”.
That is a travesty of the truth. I am privileged to meet leading representatives of many faiths, government ministers and heads of departments. Let me assure your readers and indeed those who democratically elect Board members (who come from all parts of our community) that we are indeed regarded as truly representative of Anglo-Jewry.
Alderman and any doubters should know that the Board is widely seen as a model of how best to bring together a broad “church” from within any religion, to best enable their voice to be heard.
His comments only demonstrate how out of touch he is with facts. It is his column that on this occasion packs a (puny) punch. Jack Lynes, Albury Drive, Pinner