Left to right: Rabbi Avroham Pinter, Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon, Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, Chief Executive of the Interlink Foundation Chaya Shpitz and Vice President Sheila Gewolb

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews this week held a briefing in Parliament on the challenges faced by the Strictly Orthodox Jewish community 

MPs, peers, members of  the interfaith community, think tank members and Deputies came to hear Chaya Spitz OBE, Chief Executive of the Interlink Foundation, explain the nature, culture and quirks of the Charedi community.

At the meeting, chaired by Board of Deputies Vice President Sheila Gewolb, the discussion ranged from education to traditional family life to the economic problems facing the community. 

Wes Streeting, Co-Chair of the APPG and MP for Ilford North, spoke of the importance of the event, noting that it was one of the first times that a briefing on a specific section of the community had been delivered in Parliament. 

Board of Deputies Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg, said: “The event showcased the Charedi community – the fastest growing section of UK Jewry – to parliamentarians, faith leaders and Jewish community representatives, exploring the unique dynamics and challenges that British Charedim experience. The event demonstrated the warming relationship between the Board of Deputies and this significant sector of our Jewish community.”

The Board of Deputies provides the Secretariat to the APPG.

President Jonathan Arkush participated this week in A Bridge for All Communities – a memorial event for the Westminster attack arranged by the Metropolitan Police. Vice President Sheila Gewolb and Interfaith and Social Action Officer Anthony Silkoff also attended. Last Thursday Chief Executive Gillian Merron attended a candlelit vigil for the victims of the attack and their families in Trafalgar Square

Chief Executive Gillian Merron joined 25 women CEOs of Jewish communal organisations and Muslim women in senior management positions at Palmers Green Mosque (see story below)