Federation leader calls for Orthodox umbrella body
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.