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London Jewish Forum would like to congratulate Sadiq Khan MP on his election as Mayor of London.
Throughout the campaign Sadiq made considerable efforts to learn about the issues facing Jewish Londoners and listened closely to the concerns held by many in the community.
He notably endorsed the London Jewish Forum Manifesto at the Jewish Mayoral Hustings, and we look forward to working with him to ensure that Jewish communities across London continue to flourish in our capital.
The two front-runners of the race for Mayor of London have endorsed the London Jewish Forum Manifesto 2016, signing up to the ten key pledges it outlines, and pledging to work with the London Jewish Forum should they be elected.
Sadiq Khan, Labour candidate for Mayor of London, said:
“I’m standing to be the Mayor of London, for all of the diverse and rich communities that make up this amazing city. That’s why the London Jewish Forum’s manifesto is so crucial, by presenting what issues matter to London’s Jewish communities across housing, transport, public safety and health. I’m determined to be a Mayor who listens to your concerns, and do what I can to make the city a better place for London’s Jewish communities, and truly be a Mayor for all Londoners”
Zac Goldsmith, Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, said:
“I’m proud to endorse the London Jewish Forum’s manifesto. The priorities it outlines are right at the heart of my Action Plan for Greater London, from protecting transport investment to cracking down on anti-semitic hate crime, to building a stronger, more united London.
The Jewish community in London has a long and proud history. As Mayor my policies will respect and celebrate that history. I will be the Mayor who makes London safer and more secure for the community.”
Tonight over 250 Jewish residents attended the Jewish Mayoral Hustings, where London Jewish Forum launched its Jewish Manifesto for the London Mayoral and Assembly Elections 2016.
Consisting of ten pledges that London Jewish Forum is asking Mayoral and Assembly candidates to sign up to, the manifesto covers five key areas:
The manifesto was created in partnership with Jewish organisations that operate across the community, and seeks to raise the concerns and ambitions of the Jewish community in London.
Joe Vinson, Director of London Jewish Forum, said:
“After the first ever Jewish Mayoral Hustings, I’m delighted that the manifesto was endorsed by each of the candidates. I hope that it serves as a useful tool for the community to highlight their concerns and priorities to the next potential Mayor and London Assembly Members”.
“We hope the next Mayor of London, alongside the new London Assembly Members, uses the manifesto when seeking to represent Jewish constituents and their interests.”
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On Thursday 10th December, over 7,000 Londoners joined the London Jewish Forum, the Jewish Leadership Council and Chabad for Chanukah in the Square.
Featuring a candle lighting by Boris Johnson, a performance by the Maccabeats and over 5,000 free doughnuts, Chanukah in the Square was the biggest it has ever been!
You can take a look at the associated media coverage here:
This week Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is touring Israel to promote business between Israel and the United Kingdom, in particular between London and Tel Aviv.
As part of the Mayor of London’s visit to Tel Aviv, a reception was held by UK Trade & Investment featuring Boris Johnson and the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huladi, on Monday night.
LJF Director, Joe Vinson, attended the reception in Tel Aviv, and was pleased to hear the Mayor of London say that he was once again looking forward to lighting Europe’s biggest Menorah in London for Chanukah in the Square.
On Thursday 15th October 2015, Wes Streeting – Member of Parliament for Ilford North, took part in a Q&A with Jewish voters at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre in association with the London Jewish Forum.
For full coverage of what the audience asked Wes and how he answered (including how Wes wants to support the community, his views on faith schools, Israel and Jeremy Corbyn’s relationship with the Jewish community) please take a look at our Storify of the event here. You can also view an article written about the event by the Jewish Chronicle here.
Joe Vinson, Director of the London Jewish Forum, said: “It is really important for politicians of all political parties and at all levels of politics to understand the issues affecting Jewish communities across London. I am pleased that so many Jewish voters took part in this Q&A with Wes Streeting MP, and I would like to thank Wes for taking the time to learn about and understand the issues that Jewish residents in Ilford North feel so strongly about.”
LJF would like to thank everybody who came to the event, and thank the Redbridge JCC for hosting the Q&A. We plan to hold regular events like this one regularly in constituencies across London – giving Jewish communities access to their representatives.
Adrian Cohen, chair of the London Jewish Forum, has announced the appointment of Joe Vinson as the new Director of the forum.
Joe is an activist with vast experience in political campaigning, public affairs, and the third sector. In the past, Joe has served as one of the youngest councillors in the country, as well as leading Cornwall College Students’ Union as the elected sabbatical President for two years from 2011 – 2013. After his tenure at Cornwall College, Joe was elected as the full-time National Union of Students Vice President (Further Education) and subsequently re-elected in 2014. Notably, whilst at NUS, Joe worked closely with the Union of Jewish Students to tackle antisemitism and BDS. Since leaving student politics, Joe has worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to Wes Streeting MP, and as the editorial assistant for the Progress think-tank.
Adrian said that ‘We are very pleased to welcome Joe to the forum. Joe’s appointment is timely. He brings with him a wealth of experience as well as energy to the forum, which will be particularly relevant to the exciting period ahead of us with the election of the new Mayor of London and the London Assembly elections.’