Board of Deputies promotes Jewish social justice agenda
23 September 2019
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Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Board of Deputies of British Jews has announced its support for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) letter to the government on social justice issues. The letter makes six key asks:

  • 1. Allow asylum seekers the right to work
  • 2. Reunite refugee families
  • 3. Create a properly funded programme to resettle unaccompanied refugee
    children and young people in the UK
  • 4. Protect the Race Disparity Unit, which monitors the extent of racial
    inequality in Britain
  • 5. Provide funding for a permanent memorial to the victims of the transatlantic
    slave trade
  • 6. Make sure all political parties have clear and transparent procedures for
    dealing with all forms of racism, including antisemitism, Islamophobia and
    anti-black racism.

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said:

“The Board of Deputies welcomes these calls to protect refugees, commemorate the horrors of slavery, and eradicate racism from politics. The High Holyday period is not only a time of reflection but also a time for considering how the Jewish community can work with others to help create a society that celebrates diversity and challenges oppression.”

Members of the Jewish community can sign up to the letter here: