Jewish community support for Marcus Rashford’s campaign
More than 40 rabbis from across the community and more than 100 individuals have written to Boris Johnson urging him to reinstate holiday food vouchers for schoolchildren living in poverty.
The letter, initiated by JCORE (Jewish Council for Racial Equality), expresses concern at the disproportionate impact of poverty on black and minority ethnic communities, where nearly twice as many children (46%) live in poverty as those in white communities (26%).
Rabbi David Mason, one of the signatories said “I and many in my community have admiration for Marcus Rashford’s campaign. My desire to support this campaign issues from Jewish values of Tzedakah and Chesed”.
Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director of JCORE added “it is vitally important that we add a Jewish voice to this important campaign and we are delighted to see the support our letter has received.”
The letter also cites Jewish tradition as placing a high premium on affording people dignity. Destitution is seen as an abomination that no child or family should have to face.
Dear Mr Johnson,
We write to ask you to give your immediate support to Marcus Rashford MBE’s request to reinstate the provision of school holiday food vouchers to the families of all children in receipt of free school meals.
The difficulties facing many in this country at a time of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions should not be compounded by anxiety that they simply cannot feed their families. We are particularly concerned about the disproportionate impact of child poverty on black and minority ethnic communities.
Jewish tradition places a high premium on affording people dignity and living a life free from poverty, which is seen as an abomination that no child/family should have to face.
We look forward to hearing that Her Majesty's Government will act swiftly to rectify this situation.
Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality
Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen, Jackson Row, Manchester
Rabbi Deborah Blausten, Finchley Reform Synagogue.
Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts
Rabbi Cliff Cohen, Thanet & District Reform Synagogue
Rabbi Howard Cooper
Rabbi Janet Darley
Rabbi Colin Eimer
Rabbi Warren Elf MBE, Southend and District Reform Synagogue
Rabbi Adam Frankenberg
Rabbi Helen Freeman, West London Synagogue
Rabbi Ariel J Friedlander
Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, Chair, Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors
Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein
Rabbi Michael Hilton
Cantor Zöe Jacobs, Finchley Reform Synagogue
Rabbi Margaret Jacobi
Rabbi Richard Jacobi, East London and Essex Liberal
Rabbi Neil Janes
Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris
Rabbi Dr Elliott Karstadt, Alyth
Rabbi Judith Levitt
Rabbi Josh Levy, Alyth
Rabbi Daniel Lichman, Makor Hayim
Rabbi Jonathan Magonet
Rabbi Monique Mayer
Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue
Rabbi Rene Pfertzel, Kingston Liberal Synagogue
Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild
Rabbi Marc Saperstein
Rabbi Irit Shillor, Harlow Jewish Community
Rabbi Mark L Solomon
Rabbi Celia Surget, Radlett Reform
Rabbi Jackie Tabick, convenor Reform Judaism Beit Din
Rabbi Roni Tabick
Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue
Rabbi Lee Wax
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, New North London Synagogue
Rabbi Alexandra Wright, Liberal Jewish Synagogue
Rabbi Roderick Young
Rabbi Dr Andrea Zanardo, Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue
Professor Ken Singer
Sara Nathan OBE
Ana Cláudia Menezes
Dr Agnes Kory
Dr. Anthony Isaacs
Dr Vivienne Jackson
Dr Vivienne Jackson
Simon Bernard Lynn
Ms Phil Kelvin
Peggy Sherwood MBE