Standing for President of the Board of Deputies
The British Jewish community is a phenomenal success story. For over 250 years the Board of Deputies has stood up for the Jewish way of life. However, we are at a critical point; antisemitism is on the rise including, shamefully, in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Our fundamental Jewish traditions, from Milah to Shechita, are under an unprecedented attack. Our community needs an advocate to stand up for our traditions and to defend our human rights.
As the current Vice President who chairs the Defence and Interfaith Relations Division, I have led the fight on all of these issues. I believe in standing up for our rights. I was the first to call the Chakrabarti report out for what it was, a “whitewash”; I have been at the forefront of the recent burial campaign against the introduction of the so-called “cab rank rule” by the coroner, Mary Hassell; and I’ve travelled the UK, reaching out to every corner of our community to fight antisemitism, defend Israel and promote interfaith work.
I know that our community can rise to each of these challenges. As President of the Board of Deputies, I will continue to fight against antisemitism every single day. I will defend Israel’s legitimacy and its centrality to Jewish identity. I will strengthen the many interfaith relationships that I have enjoyed building during the last three years which include those made as a trustee of The Inter Faith Network. Above all else, I will champion Jewish life across the UK.