The London Jewish Forum, founded in 2006, is an advocate for the capital’s Jewish community, campaigning and influencing change in Parliament, City Hall and the local borough councils, institutions that make decisions affecting the lives of Jewish Londoners every day. Rooted within Jewish values, we work across the community regardless of religious, cultural or political affiliations or beliefs, ensuring that Jewish Londoners have a say over the great city in which they lead their lives.
Led by our steering group of Jewish leaders from across the community, since our inception we have worked closely with politicians and stakeholders to improve the lives of Jewish communities across London. Through projects such as Golders Green Together, the 2012 Olympics Jewish Organising Committee and events such as ‘Think Jewish London’, for ten years we have ensured that Jewish Londoners are represented across the capital.
The London Mayoral and Assembly elections on Thursday 5th May 2016 mark the beginning of a new era in the capital’s politics. With the previous Mayor standing down after eight years, Sadiq Khan promises to bring a new agenda to City Hall, and one which will shape London for many years to come.
Working with the relevant communal agencies we have identified the issues and concerns of London’s Jewish community. Moreover, we have created this manifesto to inform both incumbent and prospective politicians and wider stakeholders of the issues and concerns of the capital’s Jewish community, both inside and outside the remit of City Hall.
With pressures on housing, community cohesion and the social care sector to name a few, this manifesto seeks to build upon the crucial relationship between decision makers in London and their Jewish constituents, ensuring our elected officials and public servants are understanding and responsive to those challenges.
Some of these issues and concerns are shared with London’s wider community. Our wellbeing is tied to that of our neighbours, so working with communities across the city, we strive to deliver a cohesive, inclusive and tolerant London that all communities can enjoy.
The issues raised in this manifesto will nevertheless require work in partnership with politicians and community leaders for years to come, and we hope it serves as a foundation of the work to be done during the election and beyond.