Since July, I have had the privilege of representing my home community of Manchester. In conjunction with the Representative Council, we have revolutionised the way the community conducts its political engagement. As a result, more elected representatives than ever before have been contacted directly by the community and are in tune with our concerns and needs.
The community is blessed with established organisations and individuals that are at the pinnacle of their fields. We are all rightly proud of the work being done by our synagogues, schools, charities and care organisations. When meeting politicians, I am always keen to inform them that I am representing a vibrant, thriving and growing community.
I wanted to demonstrate this to the regions politicians with whom I am currently building a relationship. With the assistance of the Representative Council, I decided that the community should hold its inaugural Civic Reception. The event has been billed as a pre Chanukah afternoon tea and will take place at Manchester Town Hall on the 22nd December 2016. The guest list will include MP’s, Council Leaders, Chief Executives, Ceremonial Mayors, Councillors, Emergency Services Representatives, interfaith figures alongside our community leaders, Rabbonim, Shul Presidents and community professionals. We are honoured that the gathering will be addressed by the Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West, Graham Brady MP along with the Leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese. In addition, the community will be represented by Rabbi Daniel Walker and Sharon Bannister, the President of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council.
The event will give the regions politicians the chance to hear first-hand the work being done by our communal organisations. As a community we need to tell politicians of the work we are doing to benefit the areas that they represent. Conversely, the Jewish community both here in Manchester and across the whole country are fortunate to receive unanimous backing from our politicians. They are committed to combating antisemitism, protecting our religious freedoms and ensuring our community can continue to play an integral role in wider society. It is essential that our regions politicians and emergency services representatives know that we appreciate their support.
Moving forward into the new year, myself and the Representative Council have several exciting events and projects lined up that are designed to mutually benefit the regions politicians and our community. I will be able to bring your more details in my next bulletin.