Fed­er­a­tion leader calls for Ortho­dox um­brella body

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE PRES­I­DENT of the Fed­er­a­tion of Syn­a­gogues has called for a new um­brella body to rep­re­sent Ortho­dox in­ter­ests in the UK.

Writ­ing in the Pe­sach edi­tion of the Fed­er­a­tion’s mag­a­zine, Maor, An­drew Co­hen said there was “grow­ing ur­gency to bring to­gether our united voice”.

The Fed­er­a­tion left the Board of Deputies in 1971 af­ter the Board agreed to con­sult Pro­gres­sive re­li­gious lead­ers over is­sues which af­fected them.

Since then, the views of Ortho­dox com­mu­ni­ties had been rep­re­sented in a “spo­radic man­ner”, Mr Co­hen noted.

“We, the fastest grow­ing sec­tion of Bri­tish Jewry in Gateshead, Manch­ester, north-west Lon­don and Stam­ford Hill, must be heard as one pow­er­ful pres­sure group by the Board of Deputies — and to present the views of the Ortho­dox com­mu­nity to the gov­ern­ment.”

Lob­by­ing on cru­cial is­sues was “vi­tal to pro­tect our fu­ture”, he added. “The Ortho­dox com­mu­nity re­quires recog­ni­tion of its sub­stan­tial com­bined sta­tus.

“Such a shift in per­cep­tion will only ma­te­ri­alise from the for­ma­tion of a co­he­sive um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion, es­tab­lished purely to rep­re­sent the spec­trum of well-de­fined and un­am­bigu­ous views of its con­stituency.” The Fed­er­a­tion is not a Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil mem­ber.

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