Board fig­ure ‘amazed’ by Davis claims

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A SE­NIOR Board of Deputies rep­re­sen­ta­tive has hit back at Sir Mick Davis’s claim that Bri­tain’s Jewish com­mu­nal in­fra­struc­ture was “not fit for pur­pose”.

Paul Edlin, a for­mer Board vice-pres­i­dent who cur­rently chairs its re­gional coun­cil, said he was “amazed” Sir Mick — the out­go­ing chair­man of the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil — had also ap­peared to criticise the Board.

Sir Mick wrote last week of his “re­gret” that the two or­gan­i­sa­tions “could not achieve closer or­gan­i­sa­tional align­ment” dur­ing his eight years in the role.

The po­ten­tial merger of the two groups re­mains a con­tro­ver­sial is­sue among com­mu­nal lead­ers, and in a let­ter to the JC this week, Mr Edlin claimed it was the JLC “which has re­fused to al­low it­self to be part of the Board or an evolv­ing sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

Mr Edlin re­ferred to the com­ments made in 2012 by his then fel­low Board vice-pres­i­dent, Jonathan Arkush, who had re­ferred to the JLC be­ing “un­elected, un­ac­count­able and un­ac­cept­able”.

Mr Edlin said that view was “still ac­cu­rate” and called for the merger to go ahead.

A Board spokesman de­clined to re­spond di­rectly to Sir Mick’s com­ments. Mr Arkush, now Board pres­i­dent, last week paid trib­ute to the busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist’s “im­mense” con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

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