Jewish cultural event launched


A major Jewish cultural festival is launching in London in February.
The London Jewish Forum and the Greater London Authority have joined forces to work with many of the capital's Jewish cultural providers to launch Open Jewish Culture.

The aim is to bring as wide an audience as possible to Jewish arts and heritage.

OJC will produce a programme of events in London that promises to showcase the very best of the capital's Jewish Culture across arts, culture and heritage.

Open Jewish Culture runs from 27 February to 29 March 2010 across various venues in London.

Film festival

Participants and organisers are being asked to upload their cultural events onto the OJC website and to become part of the March programme.

Late in January, will officially launch as a hub that brings together all of London's public Jewish cultural events, large and small. It will carry listings and commentary, together with multimedia.

Included in the programme will be an international literary festival, Jewish Book Week, as well as the grand opening of the new Jewish Museum.

At the same time the OJC's aim is to help promote individual artists, small producers, and synagogue, youth & student cultural programmes.

The Jewish Community Centre and the UK Jewish Film Festival are also participating.

'Brilliant idea'

Producer of Open Jewish Culture, Jack Gilbert said: "If you make Jewish Culture happen then we'd like to hear from you. Whether you are an established producer or creating your first piece of work, a single artist or a collective, a community group, a school or a synagogue please get in touch as soon as possible to find out how you can participate and benefit.

"We are here to help each of you, and to facilitate a network that helps each other."

Alex Goldberg, Chief Executive of the London Jewish Forum said: "The LJF is delighted to have been commissioned by the Mayor's office to develop the Open Jewish Culture programme - the first of its kind. I am excited to see the variety and diversity of Jewish Cultural events that we can support and can bring to a wider Jewish community in London and beyond."

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "I am delighted to give my backing to this brand new festival of Jewish culture. Across all walks of life, Jewish men and women have been key players in London's continuing success.

"The London Jewish Forum have come up with a brilliant idea in consultation with the various community groups they represent. Coinciding with the reopening of the Jewish Museum, it will give Londoners and tourists alike the chance to discover more about the fantastic variety of Jewish arts and culture that is out there."

Further information can be found about what's happening and how to get involved by going to the Open Jewish Culture website

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Jewish group seeks Muslim adviser

Jewish group seeks Muslim adviser

A body which represents Jewish people in Britain is looking to appoint a Muslim adviser for one of its schemes.
The aim of the Shared Futures Project - run by the Board of Deputies of British Jews - is to link Jewish and other faith schools.

Alex Goldberg, of the Board, said he hoped the project would bring together Britain's different communities and allow the different pupils to interact.

"This is an exciting opportunity for faith schools," he said.

Good citizens

The scheme coincides with government aims, announced last September, to promote community cohesion within schools.
The project will include creating links between Jewish, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Hindu schools.

Mr Goldberg explained that the Board had chosen to look for a Muslim adviser because "these faith schools are greater in number than Sikh and Hindu institutions".
The Board hopes children from different schools will work together side-by-side on a wide variety of projects such as environmental, arts, sports and business schemes.
Mr Goldberg said the initiative would "promote diversity and improve understanding" between Britain's different faith communities.
"This is vitally important. We believe single faith schools provide good citizens with good academic results and we want these pupils to go out into the world equipped for a diverse community," he said.

Matching schools

Mr Goldberg said Shared Futures was looking to work with a variety of organisations such as Kick It Out, the organisation aiming to eliminate racism from football.
He explained there was a need to be sensitive to the needs of different schools: "One size doesn't fit all and we want to create a menu of programmes so that schools are equally matched, for instance, liberal schools are matched to other liberal schools."
Work has already begun on pilot schemes for the summer with the long-term aim of matching 20 to 30 faith schools during the first year, and at least 60 by 2010.