Deputies’ democratic determination
As the national, democratic, representative organisation of the UK Jewish community, we are always open to constructive suggestions about how we can do our work even better (JC April 21).
We are very proud of the work that we do across the country. We take our work to every Jewish community, however big or small, through our Deputies, local representative bodies and organisations. We held a councillors’ seminar in Manchester in February, a similar event in NewcastleGateshead in April and we have another planned for Leeds. Our interfaith engagement programme has taken us to Bradford, Leicester and Leeds in the recent past for a series of encounters with faith communities in each location.
For our regional weekend we were in Exeter last month, one of the smallest communities in the country, and there was a record attendance of Deputies travelling from all regions of the country.
Our political engagement extends to all regions. We will be sending our Jewish Manifesto to every Parliamentary candidate standing in the General Election, and in the past year we have published manifestos for the Scottish and Northern Ireland Assemblies and a version in Welsh for the Welsh Assembly Elections. We are in the process of developing a manifesto for local councillors.
Never has the Board of Deputies been more engaged with communities across the UK. We will continue to roll out our programmes and strive to represent every Jew in every community. Jonathan Arkush
President, Board of Deputies of British Jews,