Deputies back JLC merger’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

MORE MEM­BERS of the Board of Deputies sup­port uni­fi­ca­tion with the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil than op­pose the idea, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey.

Al­most half, 49 per cent, backed a merger with the JLC with 41 per cent op­posed and 10 per cent un­de­cided.

But con­sul­tants hired to gauge opinion warned that the process of uni­fi­ca­tion could be “slower than pre­vi­ously an­tic­i­pated”.

Their re­port, which was also based on in­ter­views and fo­cus groups with deputies, was dis­cussed on Mon­day night by the li­ai­son group which has over­seen talks on unit­ing the two bod­ies over the past year. Just over half of deputies, 55 per cent, took part in the sur­vey.

There was an “ur­gent need” for the JLC and Board to rem­edy dif­fer­ences and gaps in re­la­tions be­tween them, the con­sul­tants said.

A Board rep­re­sen­ta­tive ac­cused of mak­ing racist com­ments by fel­low deputies has re­signed.

Leeds mem­ber Antony Cohen had told a meet­ing two weeks ago: “I don’t care about any Pales­tini­ans, I only care about the Jewish peo­ple in this coun­try and in Is­rael.”

Pres­i­dent Vi­vian Wine­man said he “ut­terly con­demned and de­plored” the re­marks.

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