A Glimpse into the Life Of... Joe Vinson, London Jewish Forum Director

Last month I had the privilege of taking over as the Director of the London Jewish Forum, and it has been a very busy four weeks.

Since 2002, the LJF has existed to give Jewish communities a voice within the corridors of power in London, striving to engage politicians in Jewish issues and to act upon the many pressing issues facing Jewish Londoners.

So it seems timely that just seven months away from elections for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly, that LJF’s primary work for the foreseeable future is focused on getting Jewish issues to the top of the agenda in City Hall.

For the past four weeks, LJF has been working hard to build upon the relationships we have previously established with political parties contesting the London elections, and over the coming weeks we will be starting to build a Jewish manifesto for London in partnership with Jewish organisations all over London.

This manifesto will feature key pledges that we will be asking politicians across the political spectrum to sign up to – guarantees to the Jewish community that issues such as tackling anti-Semitism and creating better social care facilities in London remain at the forefront of the plan for a better London.

On top of that, in partnership with the JLC and Chabad, the LJF has been busily helping to ensure that this year’s Chanukah in the Square is the biggest one London has ever seen – and we’re so pleased that the YouTube sensations, The Maccabeats, will be joining us at Europe’s biggest Menorah lighting to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.

If you would like any further information about any of our work, or have any suggestions for the LJF, please do not hesitate to get in contact by emailing joe@ljf.org.uk