Report by Barbara Saunders
We were very fortunate to have such an eminent, well informed, and influential panel comprising Jonathan Arkush, Tom Brake MP, Dr Simon Hochhauser, Baroness Susan Kramer and Professor Stuart Stanton.
Jonathan Arkush is Senior Vice-President of the Board of Deputies and chairs its Defence and Group Relations Division. He is a barrister with a part-time judicial position in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
Tom Brake MP has been the Liberal Democrat representative for Carshalton and Wallington since 1997. He is co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Backbench Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities. His shadow ministerial portfolios included Transport, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office. He has also been the Lib Dem spokesperson on the Olympics. He holds a degree in physics.
Dr Simon Hochhauser is President of the United Synagogue. He has a doctorate in mathematical physics and has performed post-doctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science,
Baroness Susan Kramer was elevated to the House of Lords last year. She was Liberal Democrat MP for
Professor Stuart Stanton is Chair of the South London Israel Forum and a Urogynaecologist who, during the course of his long and eminent medical career, has authored 13 textbooks and over 220 papers. He served as Professor of Urogynaecology at
Here is a taste of questions which stimulated such a lively response from the panel and audience that there wasn’t time for all the questions:
Henry Knorple: Does the panel think that the recent upheavals in Arab lands (the ‘Arab spring’) will eventually prove beneficial or disadvantageous to
Paul Sarfaty: Is the pact between Hamas and Fatah to be welcomed... after all it marks the end of more conflict in the world?
Barbara Saunders: Many members of this community rely on the NHS to provide high quality, responsive, safe care free at the point of delivery. How confident can we be that the NHS is safe in the hands of the coalition given the apparent fiasco brewing over proposed changes to the health service?
David Perl: A recent independent poll, has suggested that the government has failed to convince the public that coalitions are good for the country, and more than two thirds of people now believe the government is weaker, less decisive and "confused" about what it stands for. What does the panel think?
Michael Simons: We have heard a great deal recently about the power of Twitter – for social networking. If you could send an anonymous tweet, that would be widely followed, what would it be?
Our chairman, Paul Sarfaty then invited Dr. Simon Hochhauser to present June Lewis with a token of appreciation in recognition of her longstanding contribution to the community and especially as Editor of ALON Magazine.
Acting on behalf of the
We then drew the raffle and withdrew to the hall for a lovely spread of refreshments.
In her message to thank everyone who helped make the evening a success, Rica says: “The evening was a shining example of how much good comes from getting together as a team to organise a shul event”.
This is what some of our panellists said:
‘Just to say that I had a really lovely time yesterday evening. Congratulations to all on such an excellent event. Yours, Susan Kramer’
‘Adrienne, thank you for inviting me. It was as good as the real thing. Congratulations on the fundraising. Tom’
‘Rica - Congratulations on an excellent turn out on Sunday and good choice of panel. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Regards Stuart’.
And an email received today from Nightingale House:
Subject: Re: Nightingale House Donation
Thank you so much for this most generous donation of £1000, I hope the event went well.
Everyone at Nightingale is most grateful for the wonderful support shown to the Home from the Sutton Combined Charities.
Thank you for your help and support of our work here at Nightingale.
Head of Fundraising