The London Jewish Forum is an advocate for the Capital’s Jewish Community, campaigning and influencing change in the public institutions that make decisions which affect Jewish lives. Rooted within Jewish values, we work across the community regardless of religious, cultural or political affiliations or beliefs, and with our neighbours.
We work to identify the issues and concerns of London’s Jewish community and ensure that City Hall and Town Halls understand and are responsive to them.
These are often the same issues and concerns of London’s wider community. Our wellbeing is tied to that of our neighbours, so working with communities across the city, we strive to deliver a cohesive, inclusive and tolerant London that all communities can enjoy.
During the 2012 London Elections the “London Jewish Manifesto” was developed. With the help of expert communal agencies and our steering group, significant effort was put into detailing many of the key public policy challenges the community faces, particularly during the increased drive towards localism and devolved powers.
Within the last two weeks of the election campaign, LJF hosted incumbent and victorious Mayor Boris Johnson for a breakfast Forum at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. The Mayor gave commitments on housing, transport and the future policing of hate crime in the capital.
In order to engage with the Mayoral and Assembly candidates from the political parties, LJF hosted a breakfast forum with Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick and in the last week of April, Ken Livingstone delivered a speech at a meeting in the old Hampstead Town Hall. The meetings, all of which ohen with fomer Mayor Ken Livingstone, Val Shawcross were open to the community, received extensive covering in the national as well as community and local media. These issues were even discussed on the Today Programme and Newsnight.
LJF will continue to work at City Hall to implement many of the changes our community needs, working with the Mayor and the London Assembly to achieve them.
LJF has also played a key role coordinating the activities of the Jewish Committee for the London Games, both working with LOCOG to ensure the Games are accessible for the Jewish community and working with communal organisations to deliver a lasting legacy.
Toward the end of each year, LJF along with our partners works to ensure we deliver the ever growing in popularity “Chanukah in the Square”, London’s highest profile event that allows the community to celebrate publically and in style.