Apr 20

Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith endorse the LJF Manifesto 2016

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.”

 

The manifesto is available to view here.

Apr 05

LJF launches Jewish Manifesto for London at Jewish Mayoral Hustings

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:

  • Education and Young People
  • Community Safety, Cohesion and Antisemitism
  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Transport
  • Culture, Heritage and Social Action

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.”

The manifesto can be viewed here.

Photos of the Jewish Mayoral Hustings can be viewed here.

Feb 22

LJF responds to anti-Israel posters found on the London Underground

A London Jewish Forum spokesperson said:

“These posters are awful smears that do nothing to contribute to peace and dialogue, placing significant strains on inter-community relations across London. They are an act of vandalism, seeking to undermine the UK’s relationship with Israel and designed to foster discomfort. We welcome Transport for London’s commitment to quickly remove them.”

ENDS

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For media enquiries please contact joe@ljf.org.uk

Dec 15

Chanukah in the Square 2015

Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP speaks to the crowds at Chanukah in the Square 2015

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:

Jewish News

Jewish Chronicle

Nov 16

LJF in solidarity with Paris

Adrian Cohen, Chair of the London Jewish Forum said: 
 
“The London Jewish Forum sends its deepest sympathies to those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening. Like London, Paris is a one of the world’s great cities, which like London has its challenges but which nevertheless thrives through its rich cosmopolitan and diverse culture and where people celebrate life. 
 
Terrorists may try to divide us and to destroy the values we hold so deeply of democracy and social liberty – but they will never succeed.
 
We stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Paris, and resolve to continue fighting extremism and terrorism in all its forms.”

Nov 12

LJF Director meets Boris Johnson MP in Israel

LJF Director Joe Vinson meets Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Ron Huladi, Mayor of Tel Aviv, at a reception in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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.

Oct 16

Wes Streeting MP in conversation with Jewish voters in Redbridge

Wes Streeting, Member of Parliament for Ilford North speaks to Jewish voters at Redbridge JCC

Wes Streeting, Member of Parliament for Ilford North speaks to Jewish voters at Redbridge JCC

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.

Oct 07

London Jewish Forum announces the appointment of Joe Vinson as Director

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.’

Oct 02

London Jewish Forum statement on London Mayoral Candidates

The London Jewish Forum welcomes the nominations of  Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan as candidates to be Mayor of London and congratulates them on being selected.

The LJF looks forward to ensuring that the views of London’s thriving Jewish community play a full part in the London mayoral election, and to engaging with the candidates as the campaign progresses.

Jun 30

Golders Green Together statement on moved rally

Golders Green Together, led by the London Jewish Forum, The Board of Deputies of British Jews and HOPE Not Hate, is delighted to hear that the anticipated far-right provocation in Golders Green has been moved away from the area. We would like to thank the Police for all they have done to ensure the safety of local residents was prioritised and that community life in one of Britain’s most diverse areas was safeguarded.

 

The CST and various campaigning groups who have made representations on this matter should be praised in full, as should the voices of every local resident, every shop owner and every outraged resident that has demanded their voice be heard. Our campaign has fought to underline that community spirit and unification can undermine voices of hate and discrimination, we are delighted with this result.

 

Adrian Cohen, Chair of London Jewish Forum said: “We are delighted that common sense has prevailed and that a fringe group seeking to spread hate have been banned from demonstrating. The spirit in which the local community have coalesced around our Golders Green Together campaign has been fantastic and underlines the message that there is no place for hate in our communities.”

 

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “The sad little gathering of Nazi admirers was rejected by Golders Green Together and has now been forced out of Golders Green altogether. Our community and many others stood together in unity, pride and strength and we have won.  Our Shabbat will be one of shalom, just as it always should be.”

 

Golders Green Together will proceed with its decorating initiative on the 3rd of July, especially as the far-right groups are still planning to protest in Central London. We will not let those who seek to spread hate divide us, we will stand together as one community.

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