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Boris meets Forum chiefs

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By Leon Symons

Senior representatives of the London Jewish Forum discussed a range of issues with London Mayor Boris Johnson and his deputy Richard Barnes at City Hall on Tuesday night.
Housing provision in Stamford Hill and developing Jewish cultural events were among topics covered during the hour-long meeting.

Also on the agenda was establishing a common contract across London's boroughs for welfare services, which would help charities like Jewish Care.

LJF chief executive Alex Goldberg said afterwards: "It was a very constructive meeting from which we will be able to make significant improvements on Jewish life in London."


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Mayor's £50,000 to aid Jewish sports

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a £50,000 grant to the London Jewish Forum to be spent on promoting mainstream integrated sports in the Jewish community.
The grant is part of £2.4 million funding from his Olympic Sports Legacy programme, for 18 projects across the capital to help increase participation in sports.

The London Jewish Forum, on behalf of the Jewish Committee for the London Games (JCLG), will now raise another £50,000 to match the grant for its Enable programme, which aims to promote disabled and non-disabled integrated sports.

Adrian Cohen, chairman of the London Jewish Forum, said: "We are delighted that City Hall has offered £50,000 for a very exciting project, which offers the chance to make a real difference for the community against the backdrop of the London Games.

"The funding is contingent on an element of matched funding by the community and we are currently discussing the grant with potentially interested donors."

Alex Goldberg, from the JCLG, said: "This is part of our plan to ensure the legacy of the Paralympics and Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the German Jewish refugee who founded the Paralympic Games."

Working with 12 delivery partners, including Jewish Care, Norwood, Kisharon and Jewish Blind and Disabled, the JCLG plans to spend the money on three projects over two years, including three integrated sports events, one of which will be directed at the strictly Orthodox community.

Mr Goldberg said: "City Hall is interested in those who don't do much physical activity. There is a lack of facilities in religious communities."

The funds will also be used to train 50 community professionals and volunteers in disability sports at Stoke Mandeville and create a manual on integrated sports for Jewish schools and youth clubs.

"There is some level of disabled sports in the Jewish community, but there is very little in the way of integrated sports," Mr Goldberg said.

"We identified a lack of knowledge in the community and we hope by training people, they can use this in the years ahead and put on disabled sports activities, utilising equipment and events."

Jewish cultural event launched

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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, www.openjewishculture.org 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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Published: 2010/01/05 13:16:05 GMT

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