Join us to debate citizenship – is it a right or a privilege?

27 March 2019

Join us on Thursday 4 April for the latest in our Hot Potatoes series of events; Citizenship – Privilege, right or something in between?

Our panel, chaired by Charlotte Fischer from Citizens UK, will feature a range of experts from within and outside the Jewish community debating different aspects of citizenship and how it affects individuals;

Tasnime Akunjee, a criminal defence lawyer who represents Shamima Begum. Tasnime is a criminal defence lawyer who has been been at the centre of the national conversation about citizenship.

Edie Friedman, the executive director and founder of the Jewish Council For Racial Equality (JCORE). Edie is a regular speaker and writer on race and asylum issues.

Satbir Singh, the CEO of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. Satbir is an advocate who works at the intersection of access to justice and the rule of law, and has been an advisor at the World Bank Group and UN.

Tasnime, Edie, Satbir and Charlotte will be joined by Rabbi Danny Rich – a former co-chair of the National Refugees Welcome Board – to discuss and debate the topic of ‘Citizenship, right or something in between?’.

The event takes place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 4 April. Tickets are just £5 and are available from Please book now as there is limited availability.

Rabbi Danny said: “Citizenship, which as we’ve seen recently can be both granted and revoked, is a very newsworthy topic and once which is of key importance to all us in the global Jewish community – so we are looking forward to a wide-ranging, passionate and open discussion.

“All those who attended the first Liberal Judaism Hot Potatoes event will know that perceptions are challenged, all ideas are heard with respect and questions from the audience are encouraged.

“So please come along – with your stories, opinions and experiences – and be part of the discussion.”

For more information, please contact Tom Rich on

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