Judith Flacks: Campaigns update - July 2017

6 Day War: 50 Years On

The JLC together with the Board of Deputies ran a successful social media campaign ‘6 Day War: 50 Years On’ to provide a commemoration of the Six Day War on behalf of the UK Jewish community. It aimed to be an educational tool to explain the War’s dominant features; unprecedented threat faced by Israel, military victory, and relief. This initiative considered the contemporary experience of those living through the crisis – including from the perspective of British Jews.

A series of bulletins from mid-May to mid-June, were posted on Facebook and Twitter accounts which set out what was happening 50 years ago that day, in the run up to and including the Six Day War. In addition, the JLC hosted a series of blogs from various community CEOs and activists describing the impact of the Six Day War. You can read our JLC Blog Series: Six Day War: 50 Years On here, and read more details of the campaign here and read

Balfour 100

In the coming week, you will be able to upload your own events to the Balfour 100 website. Keep an eye out on our social media for the link to do this and you’ll be able to use the website to advertise and promote your own Balfour 100 celebration.

The Balfour 100 Community Fund has seen a high number of applications, which you can read about here. Applications have come in from communities all over the UK and Ireland, and the Balfour 100 steering committee is extremely pleased about the volume of plans in place around the country to mark the centenary.

We believe in Israel, together with the Zionist Federation hosted a Balfour activist conference on Sunday 25th June, attracting 250 activists who came together to learn about everything from the history of the declaration to how we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Declaration this year.

Refugee week:

To mark the start of Refugee week in June, the Chief Rabbi visited World Jewish Relief’s projects supporting refugees in Yorkshire. The programme offers one-to-one support for Syrian refugees to overcome barriers to employment and prepare them for the UK job market. 

The Chief Rabbi and Mrs Mirvis spent a day meeting refugees from Syria who have been brought to safety in the UK by the British government and are beginning new lives here. 

You can read more about the Chief Rabbi’s visit and the work World Jewish Relief do to support refugees here.

You can also read more about the Jewish community’s response to the refugee crisis and volunteering opportunities here