Jewish manifesto published ahead of London’s mayoral and local elections
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Jewish manifesto published ahead of London’s mayoral and local elections

London Jewish Forum, Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council release document detailing key concerns of the community

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

A Jewish manifesto aimed at guiding election candidates on key concerns for the community has been published ahead of next month’s vote for the capital’s mayor and London Assembly.

The document, published by the London Jewish Forum, Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council, highlights #TenCommitments that candidates are being asked to support.

These include the implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, ensuring faith and culturally sensitive provision of public services and opposition to boycotts of Israel.

Also among the policy asks are concerns about transport routes affecting the community in the capital including a new plea for bus routes linking Golders Green to Stamford Hill and the retention of routes threatened with the axe, often used by Jewish students.

Adrian Cohen and Andrew Gilbert, co-chairs of the LJF said: “The last year has been incredibly tough for Londoners, including our Jewish community. This manifesto will give our elected officials a guide to addressing the needs of London’s

“This manifesto will give our elected officials a guide to addressing the needs of London’s Jewish community as we come out of this pandemic. We very much look forward to working with the next mayor, their team and the London Assembly to support the Jewish community.”

The Board has also published separate manifestos for Scotland and Wales.

  • Read the Jewish Manifesto for London here.
  • Read the Ten Commitments here.

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more:
comments