Making a Difference: Edie Friedman, Anne Karpf Trevor Phillips and Stephen Twigg
Chair: Rosalind Preston
To mark the launch of their new education pack Making a Difference: Promoting Race Equality in Secondary Schools, Youth Groups and Adult Education - a Jewish Perspective, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality held a panel discussion at Jewish Book Week on the theme of ‘Making A Difference: Educating Jewish Children for Life in Multicultural Britain’.
The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) is concerned with three main areas of activity: Anti-racist education; Black/Jewish dialogue; and asylum and refugee issues. The director of JCORE and the author ofMaking A Difference is Dr Edie Friedman. Dr Friedman was born in Chicago. She was a student in the 1960s when she was very much influenced by the civil rights and peace movements. She came to England to study and subsequently worked for Oxfam and a local community relations council. She started JCORE in 1976.
Anne Karpf is a writer and journalist. A regular broadcaster and contributor to national newspapers and magazines, she is a columnist on the Jewish Chronicle and the author of The War After: Living With The Holocaust. She won a 2003 CRE Race in the Media award for her article for The GuardianWe’ve been here before.
Trevor Phillips, the broadcaster and London Assembly chairman, is the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. Born in London to parents from Guyana, Trevor Phillips is a former president of the National Union of Students. He has spent most of his career in television, rising to become head of current affairs at London Weekend Television. He was chairman of the Runnymede Trust, a charity concerned with race issues, from 1993 to 1998.
Stephen Twigg has been MP for Enfield Southgate since 1997. His first government position was as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and he is now Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Skills.
Stephen was educated at Southgate School and read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1990 he was elected President of the National Union of Students and in 1992 was elected as a Councillor for the London Borough of Islington. Stephen was Chair of Labour Friends of Israel from 1998-2001