The JLC recently hosted its yearly Shavuot tea for Jewish members of the House of Lords. The reception was addressed by His Excellency Mark Regev, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Court of St James’.
The peers also heard from Jewish Leadership Council Vice Presidents Lord Jonathan Kestenbaum and Baroness Julia Neuberger as well as former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.
This is our yearly opportunity to thank our Jewish members of the House of Lords for all of the work that they do not just for our community but for the British public. Shavuot, which marks the giving of Jewish law is the obvious opportunity to celebrate the huge contribution of our many Jewish lawmakers in Britain.
The tradition of Jewish contribution to our law making process is no better demonstrated than by the peers we had attending the event. Whether former leader of the Conservative Party Lord Michael Howard, former Labour Party Minister Lord Stanley Clinton-Davis or long standing Liberal Democrat activist and former councillor, Lord Monroe Palmer. And members of the House of Lords are not exclusive to party political members, the Jewish community also has many crossbench members – experts in their fields – who help refine policy in the upper chamber to ensure the best outcomes. Peers such as Baroness Ruth Deech – former chair of the Bar Standards Board and Lord David Pannick QC.
We were delighted to give Jewish peers an opportunity to take a break from party politics and to discuss their ongoing work for the Jewish community in the public sphere.