Progressive values put into action at Mayoral Assembly

30 April 2024 – 22 Nisan 5784

Rabbi Rebecca Birk Co-Chairs Mayoral Assembly

Rabbi Rebecca Birk (pictured) of Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) Co-Chaired the London Citizens Mayoral Accountability Assembly, which was addressed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

More than 2,000 people attended the event, where the Mayor was invited onstage to commit to pledges on work and wages, migration and housing. His election opponent, Susan Hall, was due to attend but cancelled.

FPS, along with other Progressive communities, has been part of the London Citizens Alliance for more than 10 years. The Alliance has helped create and develop relations between people of all faiths and backgrounds to help bring about meaningful and just change – including FPS helping to settle 50 Syrian refugees in Barnet.

Rabbi Rebecca Birk with other community leaders at the event

Rabbi Rebecca Birk with other community leaders at the event

Rabbi Rebecca said: “What an experience to Co-Chair this event, during Passover, and see our Progressive Jewish values of collaborative ‘marching’ and seeking for freedom and justice put into action.”

Taking place at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, those in attendance included schoolchildren, university students, families and community leaders from 30 boroughs.

LJY-Netzer Movement Workers Mia Bogod, Mia Harris and Hannah Gellman were among the guests. Mia H said: “It was a very powerful emotive evening which showed London’s multiculturalism at its best, and allowed voices for social justice to be heard.”

London Citizens is part of Citizens UK, a community-based organisation which campaigns and builds relationships with decision-makers in government. It has been hosting London Mayoral Accountability Assemblies since the office was created in 2000.

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