London Jewish Forum

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The London Jewish Forum (LJF) is dedicated to the promotion of Jewish life in London.[1] The Forum provides a platform for engagement between London Jewry and the Greater London Authority, Mayor's Office, London Boroughs and MPs / MEPs. It works to promote the full and active engagement of the Jewish community with civic life in London. The LJF will work to oppose anti-semitism, racism and all forms of discrimination in London. The LJF works with all parts of the Jewish community regardless of religious; cultural or political affiliations or beliefs.

The London Jewish Forum has five key platforms: Housing, Citizenship, Community Relations, Sports & Culture and Youth & Students. The Chair of London Jewish Forum is Adrian Cohen[2] and appointed Alexander Goldberg as its Chief Executive in July 2008.[3]

The Forum has broad Jewish representation on it and is the only cross-communal body to include all elements of the Jewish community in London.[citation needed] The Forum includes leading members of the Jewish community from a variety of organisations. The Chief Executives of the Jewish Leadership Council, Board of Deputies, Jewish Museum Interlink and the Jewish Community Centre are on their board along with senior lay leaders.

Relationship with the mayor's office: Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson[edit]

The Forum was set up by leading members of the Jewish community [4] to engage with London Government after the rift between the Jewish Community and Mayor Ken Livingstone over the Oliver Finegold affair. Livingston apologised at the launch of the London Jewish Forum in December 2006.[5] The London Jewish Forum is apolitical and hosted London separate mayoral breakfasts for community leaders and each of the main candidates in the 2008 election including the eventual winner, Boris Johnson.[6] Boris Johnson commended the London Jewish Forum for its work on housing in the capital.[7]

Housing Issues in London[edit]

The London Jewish Forum has been working with City Hall and the London Development Authority in City Hall to ensure future housing provision for London’s strictly orthodox community. Mayor Boris Johnson publicly recognised the work London Jewish Forum in trying to resolve "the increasing desperate housing situation for the Charedi community in London".[8]

London 2012 and London Olympic Jewish Organising Committee[edit]

The London Jewish Forum is working with other major Jewish organisations to develop community engagement with the Olympic Games Jewish schools and their communities in meeting Jewish Olympians; the development of welfare, culture and religious services for Jewish athletes in the Olympic Village; a London 2012 Jewish website for visitors to the Games; the long-term legacy for the Jewish community within the five Olympic Boroughs and utilising sports to bring groups together and celebrate the cultural diversity of the city.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ljf.org.uk/London%20Jewish%20Forum/About%20us.html
  2. ^ Entry in Jewish Chronicle Power 100 list describes the role of the Forum and Adrian Cohen's chairpersonship of it
  3. ^ Forum Gets Chief Exec, Jewish Chronicle, 6 June 2008
  4. ^ Evening Standard, 17 April 2008: "After the Oliver Finegold episode, a number of leading Jews in London decided something had to be done. In December 2006 a new body, designed to act as an interface between the Jewish community and the Mayor's office was launched as the London Jewish Forum"
  5. ^ Jerusalem Post, 9 December 2006
  6. ^ The Guardian, 28 April 2008 "Candidates for London mayor get religion"
  7. ^ Jewish News, 10 September 2007
  8. ^ 'Boris Johnson writes for TJ', Jewish News, 10 September 2007
  9. ^ Jewish Chronicle, 12th September 2008

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