The APPG on British Jews brings together politicians on all sides of the political spectrum to broaden and deepen the connection between Parliament and the Jewish community.
It focuses on a wide variety of issues which affect the Jewish community, including religious freedom, welfare, social action, education, Holocaust issues and international affairs.
The current Co-Chairs are Christian Wakeford MP and Wes Streeting MP.
The Secretariat to the group is provided by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
EcoSynagogue is a cross communal organisation in partnership with the Board of Deputies. Led by our 4 Rabbis: Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, New North London Masorti Synagogue; Rabbi David Mason, Muswell Hill United Synagogue; Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue; and Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, EcoSynagogue’s approach is both communal and universal. Our online Environmental Audit is the starting point on a pathway to improving each community’s relationship with the environment across a social, religious, sociological and advocacy perspective, with resources and ongoing support allowing for a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award to be gained on a points system.https://ecosynagogue.org/
Hidden Treasures, celebrating Jewish archives in Britain, is an online project from the Board of Deputies which celebrates the archives all over the country that hold material telling the story of Jews here. So far, 50 archives have joined the Hidden Treasures network – large national archives, local archives, University collections and specialist archives with documents, photos, films, paintings and music. Its website directs visitors to the archives’ own website and features ‘treasures’ from the archives on social media @seethetreasures. Its own COVID 19 archive records the Jewish community’s response to the pandemic.https://celebratingjewisharchives.org
The Jewish Social Action Forum seeks to increase the UK Jewish Community’s engagement with social action. It co-ordinates cross-communal support for social and environmental justice campaigns, foster links for those advancing the Jewish social change agenda; works with local and international partners to train, network and develop social activists, liaises with key media to amplify the Jewish voice around social action efforts and curates resources that link Jewish values and experience with a range of social change issues.
Pikuach is the only inspection service accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) to undertake inspections for religious education at Jewish schools in the UK, the statutory equivalent of Ofsted. Pikuach is run and supported financially by the Board of Deputies.http://www.pikuachuk.org/
Yom HaShoah UK, comprising representatives of UK organisations involved in Holocaust education, awareness and remembrance activities and survivor, refugee and ex-service personnel welfare, aims to: ensure greater awareness of Yom HaShoah, as the Annual Jewish Remembrance Day for Victims of the Holocaust, promote understanding of its importance and encourage its observance by present and future generations of the UK Jewish Community. emphasise its eternal theme of remembering the past, honouring the memory and shaping the futurehttps://www.yomhashoah.org.uk/
Milah UK is the campaign group set up by the organisations of the Jewish community in the UK to promote and protect the right of the Jewish community to carry out religious circumcisions in accordance with our religious beliefs. Where secularist and anti-circumcision campaigners continue to promote the idea that this fundamental aspect of religious practice is somehow dangerous and an attack on the rights of the child – Milah UK exists to debunk these accusations by providing reliable information and academic resources.https://www.milahuk.org/
The European Jewish Congress is the European umbrella organisations that represents Europe’s diverse Jewish communities. In spite of cultural differences and heterogenous historic backgrounds, the EJC seeks to bring the European diaspora together through their shared common needs and interests. As the second largest diaspora in Europe, the Board of Deputies plays a key role in the work of the EJC, including sitting on their International task force for religious freedom. The President of the Board of Deputies has been re-elected as Chair of the Council for the EJC.https://eurojewcong.org/
The World Jewish Congress is the international umbrella organisation that represents Jewish communities and organisations in 100 countries around the world. It advocates on their behalf towards governments, parliaments, international organisations and other faiths. The WJC represents the plurality of the Jewish people and is politically non-partisan. The WJC have worked closely with the Board of Deputies on international campaigns against antisemitism, extremism online and hate speech on social media. The Board of Deputies is the British affiliate of the WJC, and the President of the Board of Deputies, is a WJC Vice-President.https://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en
The American Jewish Committee is a leading global Jewish advocacy organisation, originating from the United States but with global offices in Europe such as the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. The Board of Deputies has an association agreement with the AJC, which designates each other as a sister-organisation and a key partner for advocacy and collaborative projects.https://www.ajc.org/