JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein held a town hall with members of the Manchester Jewish community last night. The event, held at King David High School, was part of a series of events the JLC Chair is holding around the country to engage with members of British Jewry.
The meeting was attended by representatives of JLC member organisations, activists, numerous local councilors from Bury, Salford, Manchester and Trafford, along with members of the Jewish Labour Movement.
The failure of the Labour Party to tackle left-wing antisemitism dominated the discussion.
Jonathan Goldstein said:
“I’m grateful for the hospitality of Manchester Jewry during my visit and for the opportunity to discuss a range of issues, including the grave situation of the Labour Party with members of the community and with the Manchester Jewish Representative Council. We had an open and robust conversation about the road ahead. Most importantly, I am heartened by how united we stand as Jews across the country and meet the challenges we face in the future”.
It was our pleasure to co-host with the Board of Deputies our fourth Councillor Seminar on Sunday 24th June. This time we were in Birmingham, welcoming councillors from all over the Midlands. We hold these seminars regionally in order to bring together councillors from across the political spectrum to discuss key Jewish community issues. The seminar consists of panels on antisemitism, social care, education and Israel. Last weekend, almost 50 councillors attended from 37 different boroughs to learn about the Jewish community.
The local community in Birmingham welcomed us into their synagogue hall where they spoke about some of the unique challenges of being a smaller community.
The JLC’s North East regional manager Miki Vyse chaired the education panel.
This year, there is a concerted effort to showcase Britain’s democratic ideals and remind everyone that it has been 100 years since some women were given the right to vote. The UK Parliament has devised a number of campaigns, events and publications available to the public which help us to really think about what it meant to be able to vote and what equality means to us today.
That’s why the JLC are partnering with Parliament on the EqualiTeas campaign, encouraging conversations about democracy and equality over a cup of tea.
The Jewish community in the UK have always had comparatively high levels of political participation. Our numbers exceed many other communities in voter turnout for elections. We are often, as a community, largely engaged with the political landscape and familiar with political developments.
This is exactly why we thought EqualiTeas would be the perfect campaign for us to take part in. We like tea, we like talking politics. So let’s get involved in this two-week national campaign to increase our conversations and awareness about equality, democracy and participation.
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