Civil Servants From Leading Government Departments Tour The Jewish Community

The Jewish Leadership Council, the CST and the Board of Deputies led senior civil servants on a tour of Jewish community organisations and institutions last month. The tour (which took place for the fourth successive year) provides a snapshot of Jewish communal life, and is broadly aimed to enable a greater understanding of Jewish community values, organisation, priorities, ethos, demography, dynamism and concerns.

The purpose of the tour was to enable civil servants who deal with Jewish communal issues to see the community, to hear directly from the community and to be able to ask whatever questions they wished. The civil servants who attended were from a range of Government departments, including the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The day began with a presentation by the CEOs of the three host organisations on the current challenges facing the community. The rest of the day included a visit to the Jewish Social Action Hub; a tour of JW3, one of the JLC’s key member organisations; a tour of Sacks Morasha Primary School; and a tour of Kisharon Business Development Centre and School. The Group also heard from Chaya Spitz from the Interlink Foundation. They day concluded at New North London Synagogue where the civil servants met with Rabbi Wittenberg and learned about the synagogue.

JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson commented saying;

I thoroughly enjoyed giving some of our partners in Government a flavour of the Jewish community and am delighted with the positive reaction that we received. I noticed the pride that each communal organisation had in wanting to share their service and challenges with our colleagues in Government.

One civil servant said;

My personal highlights were learning a bit more about Judaism, particularly at the synagogue, the presentation on the Charedi community was also extremely informative and aside from the tremendous work and facility that JW3 provides for the community, it has also given me a new place to go for dinner in London!

Another said;

This was a most interesting and thought provoking tour.  It not only provided a fascinating insight into the diversity of the North London Jewish community, but also vividly illustrated the impressive extent and range of educational and social enterprise activities being carried out on a daily basis…The Jewish community has so much to offer to wider British society and I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to spend a day experiencing their kindness and hospitality.