Look­ing out­wards

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

Two items in last week’s JC won­der­fully sought to broaden the hori­zons of so many in our com­mu­nity as to the ac­tual re­al­ity of the Jews world­wide, of­ten over­looked in our some­times parochial, even stereo­typ­i­cal view of what Jews are like .

The first was Ben Ju­dah’s re­minder to us all of the mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ments of the late In­dian Gen­eral Jack Ja­cobs and the role he played in lib­er­at­ing Bangladesh. Our Jewish ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes do not tell us about such peo­ple or the com­mu­ni­ties that pro­duced them.

We at the Com­mon­wealth Jewish Coun­cil hugely val­ued Gen­eral Jack as one of our found­ing vi­cepres­i­dents and miss him.

The other item made clear that it is not only Jewish his­tory that is gen­er­ally lack­ing in our Jewish ed­u­ca­tion, but ge­og­ra­phy, too. Your mar­vel­lous sum­mary of many of the Jewish com­mu­ni­ties of Africa must have been a source of as­ton­ish­ment to many but not to us at

the CJC. For more than 30 years, we have been pro­vid­ing con­tact and sup­port to many com­mu­ni­ties in Africa in­clud­ing sev­eral you did not have room for — Swazi­land, Zam­bia, Le­sotho, Mozam­bique, Mau­ri­tius, Botswana and Namibia. What’s more, the com­mu­nity of Kenya is more di­verse than you de­scribed.

Broad­en­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity’s un­der­stand­ing of it­self is an im­por­tant task. If more Jews recog­nised the huge scope of the Jewish world and the some­times in­spir­ing ded­i­ca­tion with which many keep alive the flame of Jewish life in some­times most un­likely places, per­haps our com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tions would have more per­spec­tive, depth and kind­ness. Clive A Lawton, Com­mon­wealth Jewish Coun­cil

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