Deputies’ demo­cratic de­ter­mi­na­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

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,

Lon­don NW5

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