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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

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