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Vision 2020: Leading British Jewry into the Future

Start: Mar 09, 2014 09:30 AM

Sunday March 9th 2014


Convened by The Board of Deputies of British Jews in conjunction with the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL in partnership The JC.

Venue: Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, second floor, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Registration fee: £15  Student concession: £10  (includes lunch and all refreshments). Reservation is essential, online only:

This event is kindly sponsored by the family of the late Lord Mishcon.


9.30-10.00: Registration and coffee

In the Garden Room, ground floor, Wilkins Building (South Wing entrance), UCL

Registration will also be available outside the lecture theatre.

10.00-10.05: Welcoming remarks, Judge Laurence Brass (Treasurer, Board of Deputies), Mr Stephen Grabiner (Chair,The JC)

10.05-10.25: Introduction to current community trends, Dr Jonathan Boyd (Jewish Policy Research)

10.25-10.50: The Anglo-Jewish past and the future of British Jews: how history (and myth) shapes expectations, Professor David Cesarani OBE (Royal Holloway, University of London)

10.50-11.15: Leading British Jewry: Can we take lessons from social research? Professor Margaret Harris (Birkbeck, University of London; Institute for Voluntary Action Research)

11.15-11.30: Refreshments in the Garden Room

11.30-11.55: May you live to 120 – Planning for an Older Community, Mr Simon Morris (Jewish Care)

12.00-12.45: Panel debate with audience participation chaired by Mr Simon Rocker (The JC). Panelists include morning speakers and Mr Joe Tarsh (Union of Jewish Students)

12.45-1.45: Kosher finger buffet lunch with wines and soft drinks - In the Garden Room

1.50-2.00: The American perspective on British Jewry (short film)

2.00-2.25: The view from Europe, Dr Richard Prasquier (CRIF, France)

2.25-2.50: The Role of Community Centres, Mr Raymond Simonson (JW3)

2.50-3.00: Short break

3.00-3.30: Why lead? Ms Nicky Goldman (Lead – the leadership development division of the JLC)

3.30-4.15: Panel debate with audience participation chaired by Mr Simon Rocker (The JC). Panelists include afternoon speakers and Rabbi Reuben Livingstone (Chaplain to HM Forces)

4.15-4.30: Closing remarks and summary, Mr Vivian Wineman (President, Board of Deputies)

4.30-5.00: Refreshments and social in the Garden Room

Morning speakers introduced by Mr Michael Reik.

Afternoon speakers introduced by Mr David Farbey.

For more information on the speakers and to download the programme please see below:

Conference Programme Vision 2020: Leading British Jewry into the Future

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