Adrian Cohen, Chair of the London Jewish Forum

The London Mayoral and Assembly elections will mark the start of one of the most memorable periods for London in modern times. A big decision will be made by voters on the future of our city. Soon after we will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and then later in July welcome athletes from across the globe as they compete for gold at the London Summer Olympics.

The London Jewish Forum is an advocate for the Capital’s Jewish Community, campaigning and influencing change in the public institutions that make decisions which affect the lives of Jewish Londoners. Rooted within Jewish values, we work across the community regardless of religious, cultural or political affiliations or beliefs, and with our neighbours.

Working with the relevant communal agencies we have identified the issues and concerns of London’s Jewish community. These are outlined in the “London Jewish Manifesto”. With Local Government taking on increased responsibilities under the localism agenda, this Manifesto will provide the basis of a renewed and ongoing conversation with City Hall and Town Halls to ensure our elected officials and public servants understand and are responsive to them.

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 concerns our community face will nevertheless continue after this election has come and gone, and it is our hope that this Manifesto will serve not just the 2012 election, but also be a mandate on which the London Jewish Forum will continue to press for the changes we need.

For the last version, please see the London Jewish Manifesto 2012


Community Safety, Cohesion and Resilience

London’s Jews reflect the diversity of London: as well as being Charedi, Orthodox, Masorti, Reform, Liberal and secular, Jews are young and old, male and female, heterosexual and LGBT, able-bodied and disabled. LJF recognises, represents and celebrates this diversity. When we talk about the needs of Jews, we always mean it to be understood that …

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Culture, Heritage & Tourism

The Jewish community is one of London’s oldest minorities, with a continuous presence and history in the UK at least since readmission under Oliver Cromwell in 1656. From Bevis Marks, Britain’s oldest synagogue, built in 1701, to the state-of-the-art Jewish Community Centre for London that is set to open in 2013, Jewish heritage and culture …

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Education & Young People

Lifelong learning is a concept that perhaps unites all streams of Judaism and Jewish communities. It manifests itself in Jewish schools, youth movements, religious institutions and through organisations such as Limmud—a London based educational charity which has revolutionised Jewish informal and lifelong learning. Jewish Communities around the world have adopted their model of delivering accessible …

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Health, Welfare & Adult Social Care

Whilst London’s Jewish Community is regarded as the healthiest of monitored faiths in the capital, it is disproportionately older than that of the general population. 41% of the Community are over 50, compared to the London average of 27%, whilst 13% of Jewish Londoners are over 75, compared to London’s average of 6%[1] and we …

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Housing, Planning & Regeneration

Strong family, communal and cultural ties underlie the reasons for geographical concentrations of Jewish households in certain parts of North, East and North West London.  For mainstream orthodox and Charedi communities in Barnet, Brent, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow and Redbridge, the requirements to observe Sabbath and Kashrut laws makes being within walking distance of a synagogue …

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Year of the Bike

Transport, Environment & Social Action

Like all strong faith communities, the values we draw from our faith guide not just our private daily lives, but how we interact with the world and our neighbours around us. Regardless of the degree of religious observance three concepts in Judaism have are key components of Jewish identity and have great prominence in communal …

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