JLM Sessions at Limmud Conference 2016

Jewish Labour Movement Sessions at Limmud Conference 2016

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Who or what is the problem between the Labour Party and Jews: and can it be repaired?

Luke Akehurst, Andrew Gilbert, Maurice Glasman, Jon Lansman, Jeremy Newmark, Sarah Sackman

Who better to give the answers than a peer ennobled by Ed Miliband; the chair of the Jewish Labour Movement; the Jewish Labour Candidate for Finchley & Golders Green from the last general election; the director of We Believe in Israel who is also secretary of Labour First, and in his first visit to Limmud the Jewish founder and chair of Momentum.

Tuesday, 4.40pm

15 Orange

2016: the year of politics

Luciana Berger MP

The world of politics is ever changing, but 2016 has proved to be a year of political upheaval. From Brexit to the election of Donald Trump to the White House, join Luciana Berger MP, to discuss, debate and challenge the results of the past year, and where we go from here.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

23 Yellow

The frontline against anti-Semitism

Luciana Berger MP

As a prominent Jewish MP, Luciana Berger is no stranger to being in the public eye. Hear her story of the abhorrent antisemitic abuse she has faced, the multiple convictions she has fought for and won, and her thoughts on how we can combat antisemitism wherever we find it.

Wednesday, noon

15 Orange

Is Brexit good for the Jews?

Simon Gordon, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, Peter Mason, Jonathan Neumann, Ruvi Ziegler

Did you succumb to Project Fear or the lies of the Leavers? Or maybe you just made up your mind based on the facts. However you voted, Brexit means Brexit. But is it good for the Jews? From the economy to EU-Israel relations, and shechitah to terrorism, this panel will consider how Brexit might impact the Jewish communities of the UK and Europe.

Wednesday, 2.30pm

11 Orange

Doctor, Doctor, we need to work on our mental health services

Luciana Berger MP

As the former (first ever) Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger MP has spent much of her Parliamentary career campaigning for those whose voices are not often heard. Mental ill health doesn't discriminate, affects 1 in 4 of us in any given year, and our services are not up to scratch. Come and discuss tackling the stigma and discrimination that still persists and what more needs to be done to ensure real equality for mental health.

Wednesday, 6.10pm

11 Orange

Strictly Limmud Dancing

Ella Rose

Experience the glitter, the glamour and excitement of the return of Strictly Limmud Dancing where six “celebrities” will be put through their paces by professionals to compete for the Nikki Millan trophy, and YOU decide who wins guided by four “experienced” judges.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

42 Marquee 3


Sessions that might be of interest to JLM members at Limmud Conference 2016

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Post-Brexit, what can Israel teach us about building a shared society?

Adam Ognall

As the UK struggles with a spike in racism and xenophobia, what can we learn from Israel’s groundbreaking efforts to tackle these dangerous phenomena, create a shared vision for the future, and work towards a more equal society?

Sunday, 8.10pm

22 Yellow

Jews and Muslims. This is not a dialogue - this is not interfaith

Alex Fenton, Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner and Alex Fenton have been working particularly in Bradford to change Muslim perceptions of Jews and Israel and Jewish perceptions of Muslims and Islam. Come and discuss this not-interfaith-dialogue and how it will impact on Britain for the future.

Monday, 4.40pm

21 Yellow

Yachad youth: reflections from the West Bank

Amos Schonfield

Last September, 20 Jewish students and community leaders spent five days exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn about their experiences meeting Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, the IDF, and Israeli settlers, and hear their thoughts on how Zionists in the Diaspora can support Israelis and Palestinians striving for peace.

Monday, 9.40pm

12 Orange

Why Jews should support Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party

Andrew Gilbert, Jon Lansman, Anna Lawton, Barnaby Raine, Daniel Randall

Some Jewish Labour Party members do support Jeremy Corbyn. On this panel four major figures give a perspective. Rhea Wolfson, once of RSY and JLC, is now on Labour's NEC; Jon Lansman set up Momentum and ran Tony Benn's 1988 campaign; Barnaby Raine is a Bundist non-Zionist; Daniel Randall is active in the RMT and the Alliance for Workers' Liberty.

Tuesday, 1.15pm

15 Orange

The Syrian refugee crisis: A personal story

Aisha & Nadia, Richard Verber

Aisha and Nadia (not their real names) were forced to flee her home in Syria before being selected by the UK government to move to Britain as two of the 20,000 Syrian refugees to be given sanctuary here by 2020. As part of Limmud's Refugee Day, meet them both, hear their stories, and ask them questions about the crisis.

Tuesday, 4.40pm

11 Orange

Why is the Labour Party in such a mess over Israel, Jews and antisemitism?

Luke Akehurst

Luke Akehurst uses his unique insider knowledge as a former Labour National Executive member and expert on the forces behind anti-Zionism to explain how and why the Labour Party has got into such a dire predicament regarding Israel, Jews and antisemitism.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

05 Red

Israeli security, 50 years on

Ethan Schwartz

Israel has controlled the West Bank and its civilian population since June 1967, yet leading former security officials say that Israel’s long-term security needs require a withdrawal from the West Bank and a political agreement with the Palestinian people. Join Yachad as we discuss how to ensure Israeli security after 50 years of occupation.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

14 Orange


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JLM 100% election success rate at regional conferences


The Jewish Labour Movement (“JLM”) is pleased to announce key successes in  the recent nationwide elections to the Labour Party Regional Boards. Three members of JLM’s National Executive were elected to Regional Boards, including the Chair and National Secretary.   Labour Party Regional Boards are a critical  part of the Labour Party’s structures and are involved in taking key decisions within their areas.

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Cable Street 80

On Sunday 9 October 2016, over 50 Jewish Labour activists and many more allies from across the Party marched to remember the Battle of Cable Street with pride and purpose. There was chanting and singing, led by ex-youth movementniks, of Ose Shalom, Hatikvah and even a rendition of Adon Olam to the tune of the Red Flag! The activists, religious, secular, young and old, former UJS presidents, movement workers and community leaders, were there to remember a seminal moment in Jewish Left history and to express their present commitment to progressive politics. 


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JLM Vice Chair Sarah Sackman's speech to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

Sarah Sackman, barrister, community campaigner and vice-chair of the Jewish Labour Movement - speech to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

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Remembering Shimon Peres


Conference Floor standing to remember Shimon Peres

The entire Jewish Labour Movement is deeply saddened by the passing of Shimon Peres. Peres, whose life of 93 years spanned the creation of the State of Israel, its constant battles, setbacks, progress and efforts to finds peace with its neighbours, embodied the brilliance and weaknesses of the nation. Over a lifetime spent constantly at the heart of Israel’s public life Peres could be a hawk, a dove, an idealist, a pragmatist. At times brilliant, at others flawed – Shimon Peres came to stand as Israel incarnate.

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Responding to the full release of the Royall Report

Reacting to the reportedly leaked publishing of the Royall report into allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club;

Aaron Simons, JLM member and former President of Oxford Jewish Society said:

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JLM Launches North West Region


As part of its continued development programme, JLM is pleased to announce the formation of a new North West Region.  Following a successful meeting held in Manchester attended by approximately fifty members, the new region will be the hub of JLM’s work in the North West.

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Jewish Labour Movement Reaction to Chakrabarti Inquiry Report

Reacting to the publication of the Chakrabarti Inquiry report, the Jewish Labour Movement have released this statement:

"This is a sensible and firm platform which gives the Party an opportunity to get off the back foot and on to the front foot in setting a new standard for tacking racism and anti-Semitism. 

The report has accurately diagnosed the nature of the problem.  There will rightly be a debate and discussion about the specifics of the very detailed recommendations on rules, regulations and processes.

But all the talk about high standards will need to  be borne out by implementation. This will require strong leadership.

One of the very first tests will be how the party deals with the ongoing disciplinary case against Ken Livingstone. There can be no future for a politician with his track record in a post Chakrabarti report labour party. 

We at JLM will be meeting with the party leadership  in next few days to begin discussions around implementation."


UPDATE: 6 July 2016

Read JLM National Chair, Jeremy Newmark on the Chakrabarti Report in The Jewish News - here.

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JLM Promotes Brown video - invokes memories of Belsen as he urges UK to #Remain

Gordon Brown has released a short video message in which he expresses clear reasons for voting to remain in the EU in the national referendum on June 23rd.
In the film, Brown praises Britain’s historic role in securing peace and advancing the cause of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe.

Filmed in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral for a new pro-European People’s IN campaign, the former Prime Minister describes how we now live in “a Europe where decisions are made by dialogue, discussion and debate. A Europe where the only battle is a battle of ideas. A Europe where we fight with arguments and not with armaments. A Europe that is at peace because of what Britain did to establish freedom across the whole of the continent.”
He goes on to state: Our troops walked into Bergen Belsen, exposed the horrors of the Holocaust and said we would fight, fight and fight again to end the evil of anti-Semitism across the world.

Mr Brown argues: “smaller nations look to us for leadership. What message would we send to the rest of the world if we the British people – the most internationally minded of all – were to walk away from our nearest neighbours?”
He concludes: ”We should be leading in Europe, and not leaving it.”
The video is being shared on social media by the Jewish Labour Movement.
Twitter: @JewishLabour
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Key Appointments for JLM

Luciana Berger MP to become JLM Parliamentary Chair
We are pleased to announce that Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger has been elected as Parliamentary Chair of JLM.  This new post was created following the governance review carried out earlier this year.  As Parliamentary Chair, Luciana will chair our new Parliamentary and Political Council.  This is the main vehicle through which Labour parliamentarians will engage with our work. 

Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana was elected to Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and then Shadow Minister for Public Health, campaigning for the NHS.  At the general election in 2015 Luciana was re-elected with  70 per cent of the total number of votes in the constituency on the highest ever General Election turnout.  In September 2015 she was appointed the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level. 

Luciana is a popular figure in the UK Jewish Community with a reputation for longstanding involvement in fighting racism and antisemitism.  

Luciana said:  "I am excited to be joining JLM's leadership team as the movement is preparing to mark its centenary of affiliation to the Labour Party.  JLM has a key role to play in strengthening what should be a natural alliance between the Labour Party and the Jewish community.  I look forward to helping nurture that relationship."

JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark said: "It is fantastic to have a parliamentarian of Luciana's calibre as our new Parliamentary Chair.  Her inspiring leadership will be another important building block in our work to enhance the role of JLM within the Labour Party."

Luciana recently joined JLM members to campaign for Sadiq Khan at one of our phone banks

Ivor Caplin to Chair JLM South East Region
After JLM’s successful re-launch earlier this year, we are now moving on to the next stage of changing the way we organise locally. These groups will be aligned with the regional structure of the Labour Party and work closely with regional boards and local CLPs in each region.  We are pleased to announce that Ivor Caplin will be the first Chair of our new South East Region.  Ivor was MP for Hove between 1997-2005.  During this time he served in the Labour Goverment as a PPS, FCO whip and Minister for veterans at the Ministry of Defence. He was also the first Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on English Language Teaching. Ivor is actively involved in Brighton & Hove Jewish community where he currently serves as chair of their 250th anniversary celebrations.

Ivor Caplin, former MoD Minister & new JLM SE Regional Chair

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