Board figure ‘amazed’ by Davis claims
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.