Sacker lobbies for Jewish Board

The Jewish Board of Deputies, the representative body for British Jews, has hired its first professional lobbyist.

The Jewish Board of Deputies, the representative body for British

Jews, has hired its first professional lobbyist.



Jon Sacker, a campaigns officer at the Royal National Institute for the

Blind, joins the board as director of external issues in May.



The role covers a wide brief from lobbying in the UK and Europe to

helping to develop newly-established communities in central and eastern

Europe.



The board is also recruiting for a new full-time PR and marketing

officer.



The previous incumbent was part-time and, said Sacker: ’concentrated on

doing PR for Israel rather than for the board’.



The moves signal a change from the board’s traditional structure for

handling external relations, via committees drawn from its 350 elected

lay members. Responsibility is now shared with a four-strong external

issues department.



A former aide to Liberal Democrat MP Paul Tyler, Sacker spent a year as

press and PR officer at the Institute of Jewish Affairs before moving to

the RNIB two years ago.



He joins the board at a time when the split between orthodox and liberal

Jews has become increasingly bitter. Sacker himself comes from the

Progressive community.



Asked whether his role would include mediation between the rival

factions, Sacker said: ’we would encourage people to talk’, but declined

to comment on specific moves the board might make.



His main role, he said would be to build or rebuild links with the

government.



He said the board’s main priorities were education, racism, legislation

to outlaw Holocaust denial and the restoration of money confiscated from

victims of the Holocaust.



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