May 01

Hornsey and Wood Green Hustings

In Partnership with Muswell Hill Synagogue, the London Jewish Forum held the fifth and final of its General Election Hustings, this time in Hornsey and Wood Green. Held for the last ten years by the Liberal Democrats, this seat will be closely contested at the 2015 General Election.

In attendance were: Catherine West (Labour), Suhail Rahuja (Conservative), Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats), Clive Morrison (UKIP), Anne Gray (replacing Gordon Peters) (Green). The event was chaired by Sam Clarke, member of the Synagogue.

Adrian Cohen, Chair of LJF said: “As with many other constituencies in which we have run events, Hornsey and Wood Green will be closely fought. It was good to see such an engaged crowd challenging candidates on issues ranging from local schools to the environment, as well as Israel’s security”. He further remarked ”LJF serves as the platform of engagement for our community on the issues that matter most to them as Jewish Londoners. We are already looking forward to providing similar opportunities for widespread engagement into the Mayoral election of 2016.”

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Apr 29

Finchley and Golders Green Hustings

In Partnership with the LJCC and the Jewish News, the London Jewish Forum held the fourth of its General Election Hustings, this time in Golders Green and Finchley. Gained by the Conservatives in 2010, this seat is shaping up to be one of the most closely contested at the 2015 General Election.

In attendance were: Sarah Sackman (Labour), Mike Freer (Conservative), Jonathan Davies (Liberal Democrats), Richard King (UKIP), Adele Ward (Green). The event was chaired by Kelvin McKenzie, former Editor of The Sun.

Jay Stoll, Public Affairs Director of LJF said: “It was fantastic to see another packed out audience of 200 people for an LJF event”. He further remarked that the event, “served as another display of the wide-reaching concerns our community will take to the ballot box in a week’s time”

 We wish all the candidates standing for this position the best of luck.

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Apr 23

Hampstead and Kilburn Hustings

In Partnership with Ham and High and JW3, the London Jewish Forum held the third of its General Election Hustings, this time in Hampstead and Kilburn. At the 2010 General Election, this seat was the most marginal in the country, so it was great to see another sell-out crowd quizzing their prospective parliamentary candidates.

In attendance were: Tulip Siddiq (Labour), Simon Marcus (Conservative), Maajid Nawaz (Liberal Democrats), Magnus Nielsen (UKIP), Rebecca Johnson (Green). The event was chaired by Geoff Martin, Editor of the Ham and High.

Raymond Simonson, JW3 CEO and LJF Steering Group Member, said: “Really great, high quality hustings [with] great questions from the packed out audience of 250 people”. He further remarked that it was “Inspiring to see local people so engaged in the relevant issues of this election”.

 

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L-R: Tulip Siddiq (Labour), Magnus Nielsen (UKIP), Geoff Martin (Ham & High), Rebecca Johnson (Green), Maajid Nawaz (Liberal Democrat) and Simon Marcus (Conservative)

 

Apr 20

Hendon Hustings

On 19th April 2015, the London  Jewish Forum held the second of its five election hustings in the constituency of Hendon.

The event took place at Hendon United Synagogue, with 150 people attending to hear their prospective parliamentary candidates pitch their views. In attendance was Matthew Offord (Conservative), Andrew Dismore (Labour), Alasdair Hill (Liberal Democrats), Raymond Shamash (UKIP) and Ben Samuels (Green Party). Matters for debate were wide ranging and included: free schools, police and crime in Hendon, Israel, coalition politics, housing and much more.

 

LJF Public Affairs Director Jay Stoll said, “It was great to see the full set of parliamentary candidates in Hendon tackling the big issues of the day in front of a passionate crowd. The range of issues discussed only serves to highlight the diversity of political interests within our community”.

The event in Hendon kicked off LJF’s General Election Series, with future hustings to be held in: Hampstead and Kilburn, Hornsey and Wood Green, Golders Green and Finchley.

 

Hendon hustings

Apr 17

Upcoming Hustings Events

Please see a list of our upcoming Hustings events below.

Please contact gemma@ljf.org.uk for more information.

General Election Hustings Advert

Mar 25

Think Jewish London with Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP

On 24th March we held our final Think Jewish London in this series and ahead of the General Election. It was held in the House of Commons with Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP. The room was full with around 50 people and the discussion was chaired by LJF Steering Group member Robert Rams.

 

Topics included antisemitism in London and the role of CST and the police, grandstanding in Parliament, whether the Jewish community is a block vote, kashrut, attitudes towards Israel within Parliament and many more. (Please see @JewishLondon twitter for live tweets of the event)

 

Adrian Cohen, Chair of London Jewish Forum said “We were very pleased to conclude our Think Jewish London season with Sir Malcolm, given his experience and expertise in areas of great interest to Jewish Londoners, particularly around security and intelligence and the impact of the Middle East on inter communal relations. He was able to answer a wide range of questions from an engaged audience with an assured confidence and authority.”

 

Click here to read the Jewish News article: Exclusive: Sir Malcolm Rifkind rounds on ‘cut and paste’ sting journalists

Click here to read Jewish Chronicle article: West Bank settlement building will hasten Palestinian state, warns Malcolm Rifkind

Mar 06

Think Jewish London with Tessa Jowell MP

Article from Jewish News:

Tessa Jowell has called for security at Jewish community organisations to be funded by the government “based on risk”.

Speaking at JW3 on Tuesday night, the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, who is seeking to become Labour’s London mayoral candidate, paid tribute to the work of the CST before stressing: “Funding of protection must be risk based if it is to be publicly funded. Some parts of the community will feel more at risk.”

She also spoke about the relationship between Jewish voters and her party, insisting leader Ed Miliband was “sincere” in his Jewish identity and claiming she had heard him speak “passionately” about Judiasm.

Jowell was quizzed on her ‘fact-finding’ trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories with Labour Friends of Israel in November 2014, warning that the current “stalemate” has now become “normalised”.

She added: “I can’t see where the traction for impetus for a negotiated solution will come from. There is a lot of pessimism. It is a tragedy – given that Israel is one of the knowledge leaders of the world. I can’t see how this potential can be realised whilst this is the case.”

The event was media partnered by Jewish News and co-hosted by the London Jewish Forum. It was chaired by LJF’s Adrian Cohen.

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Feb 23

Think Jewish London with Stella Creasy MP

On 22nd February London Jewish Forum held the second of its latest series of Think Jewish London discussions with MPs from across London. The event was an open and varied discussion with Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, Shadow Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs and Sarah Sackman, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green.

Over 30 people attended the event, which was held Alyth Reform Synagogue. Issues discussed ranged from Europe and foreign policy to tax avoidance, payday loans and housing issues across London.

Andrew Gilbert, Trustee of LJF and the event said – “Dr Stella Creasy is one of the most articulate voices of the next generation of politicians. As shadow minister for consumer protection and MP for Walthamstow, where nearly a 1/4 of residents are Muslim, it was a great opportunity to compare and contrast experiences. The meeting discussed a wide selection of topics ranging from suitable housing for large Haredi families, to the future of free schools and the state of special needs education, to issues of security and the Middle East conflict. Sarah Sackman, the Labour PPC for Finchley & Golders Green, was also present and she answered some of the specific local questions asked.

Our next event will be held with Dame Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and former Minister for London, on March 3rd at JW3. Please click here for tickets via the JW3 website.

Jan 29

Think Jewish London with Mike Freer MP

On 28th January London Jewish Forum held the first of its latest series of Think Jewish London Discussions with MPs from across London. The event was a lively and fruitful discussion with Mike Freer, MP for Golders Green and Finchley, talking about the challenges that face the community ahead of the 2015 General Election. Around 50 constituents attended the event, which was held at the LJCC in Golders Green. Issues discussed ranged from the security at Jewish schools, police levels in the Golders Green area and housing problems in the constituency.

Adam Cannon, Trustee of LJF and chair of last night’s event said – “The latest ‘Think Jewish London’ event was a great success. A large audience of constituents turned up to hear Mike Freer speak about the big issues facing the community ahead of the General Election. We are grateful for his time and look forward to similar discussions in the future”

Our next event will be held with Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, on February 22nd, please contact gemma@ljf.org.uk for more information on that event and any others.

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Dec 17

CHANUKAH IN THE SQUARE ATTRACTS RECORD CROWD

Chanukah in the Square, held on December 16th 2014, attracted a record crowd of 7500 people, drawn to Trafalgar Square by the 25 foot Menorah, free doughnuts, and music.

The event, organised jointly by The Jewish Leadership Council, Chabad Lubavitch, and the London Jewish Forum, with support from the Mayor of London and Board of Deputies of British Jews, provided an opportunity for the Jewish community and Londoners of all faiths to celebrate Jewish culture with the lighting of the first light of Chanukah in the heart of Central London.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, addressed the crowd, and there were also speeches from the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and the Ambassador of Israel, H.E. Daniel Taub.

The Blessings for the first night of Chanukah were beautifully sung by the “Three Chazzanim” – Avromi Freilich (Hampstead Garden Suburb), Stephen Leas (Central Synagogue) and Adam Musikant (Lauderdale Road Spanish & Portuguese).

Music and entertainment was a major feature of the event. The crowd sang and danced to music from Neshama, under the direction of Danny Shine, the Jewish and Irish violinist, Daniel Ahaviel, and the highly popular Israeli singer, Itzik Dadya under the musical direction of Gershon Freistadt.

This was the seventh year of Chanukah in the Square. In attendance were many communal leaders, Members of Parliament, Local Councillors and members of the GLA.

Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said “This was a wonderful celebration of Jewish culture, music and faith. We were thrilled with the joyful atmosphere that was created and that so many people came out to share in this most joyful of festivals”.

Bentzi Sudak, Chief Executive of Chabad Lubavitch UK, said “Once again, the Menorah in Trafalgar Square, showed the true spirit of the London Jewish community, gathering in huge numbers with to proudly celebrate our heritage and the message of Chanukah, which, like the lights of the Menorah, endure through all times”

Adrian Cohen, Chairman of the London Jewish Forum, said “’We were delighted with last night’s very successful ‘Chanukah in the Square’. It provides a focal point for the engagement between the city’s representatives with London’s Jewish Community and it is striking that so many thousands of Jewish Londoners came to celebrate in one of London’s most iconic sites, especially after the troubles of the summer and autumn. The heart-warming words of encouragement from the Mayor, Boris Johnson ,were particularly appreciated as was the attendance of Members of Parliament. London Assembly Members and Councillors.

 

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