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Rabbi Danny Rich to represent Liberal Judaism at Citizens UK summit

3rd June 2013

Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism,will join Britain’s faith, education and third sector leaders at a civil society summit hosted by Citizens UK. The Planning Ahead for a Generation summit takes place on Wednesday 19th June at Queen Mary, University of London.

At the event, civil society leaders will discuss how their respective national networks can work together to address shared concerns, building towards a coordinated effort to influence the next General Election. They will also plan a new wave of social action for the next decade and beyond, using Community Organising – a process where communities are empowered to make positive change through working with others for the common good.

Rabbi Danny Richwill attend alongside leaders from Masorti Judaism and Reform Judaism, who together will help launch an ambitious strategy to influence the future of democracy and strengthen communities through Community Organising. The 3 movements are currently working together on a range of social action initiatives, including the joint employment of a Citizens UK Community Organiser working with Jewish communities and in the London Borough of Barnet. Citizens UK is Europe’s largest diverse and independent civic alliance, bringing together faith communities, schools and charities for social justice.

The summit builds on Liberal Judaism’s history of interfaith collaboration and pioneering social action. Working with Citizens UK, Liberal Judaism congregations have played a leading role in the Living Wage campaign, as well as working to tackle crime and isolation.

A diverse range of faith communities will be represented at the summit, including Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Salvation Army, Baptist, Pentecostal and independent churches, as well as the Muslim Council of Britain, schools, universities and charities.

Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism said:

“Our partnership with Citizens UKis an expression of Liberal Judaism’s prophetic mission and commitment to social action. We are already using Community Organising to strengthen our congregations and campaign on a range of issues. This summit is a great opportunity to meet with leaders from other faiths and enhance the work do together to build a fairer society.”

Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK said:

“This summit brings together some of the most significant national leaders from faith, education and civic institutions to strengthen civil society and our democracy for generations to come. We are delighted to support Liberal Judaism in working alongside other faiths for social justice.”