The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Ge­of­frey Al­der­man pro­fesses to be fright­ened by Mick Davis’s pre­sen­ta­tion to the Board of Deputies ( JC, July 29). He need not be. Mick Davis is one of a small group of peo­ple who care that the com­mu­nity should de­liver such ser­vices as so­cial care, ed­u­ca­tion and po­lit­i­cal lob­by­ing in an ef­fec­tive man­ner.

Many well-mean­ing groups en­gage in these ar­eas but co-or­di­nat­ing them is vi­tal. Much of this co-or­di­na­tion did not hap­pen be­fore my pre­de­ces­sor as Pres­i­dent of the Board worked with other com­mu­nal lead­ers to es­tab­lish the JLC. These ef­forts have never in­volved car­ry­ing out the Board’s core rep­re­sen­ta­tive man­date nor in­ter­fer­ing with it.

Some JLC ini­tia­tives are in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the Board but oth­ers such as the Fair Play Cam­paign Group to fight an­tiIs­raeli boy­cotts are joint projects.Oth­ers such as the Schools Strat­egy Im­ple­men­ta­tion Group are part­ner­ships.

Peo­ple like Mick Davis help to keep the Board run­ning by con­tribut­ing di­rectly and in­di­rectly to our work. Iron­i­cally, our new grass-roots Is­rael Ad­vo­cacy po­si­tion promi­nently fea­tured in last week’s JC has ben­e­fited from such sup­port.

When Mick Davis ad­dressed the Board, there were strong com­ments from some deputies --who speak for them­selves, not nec­es­sar­ily for the Board — some of which verged on the ab­surd. One such was the ques­tion about where the power lies.

In car­ry­ing out projects on be­half of the com­mu­nity can we not aban­don turf wars and re­crim­i­na­tions about who takes credit and con­cen­trate in­stead on get­ting the job done? Vi­vian Wine­man Pres­i­dent, Board of Deputies, Blooms­bury square, Lon­don WC1

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