CX Diary: Week Ending 18/05/2013
I have enjoyed a wonderful week away, celebrating Shavuot in Modi'in. Whilst I realise the weather was just a little cooler in England, I hope everyone at home had a wonderful Chag.
CX Diary: Week Ending 11/05/2013
We have been running a series of media training courses this week for our rabbinate and a few senior professionals, and I have to say it was a very interesting and worthwhile exercise. We have some real stars amongst our team and this has created a pool of people trained to properly engage with the media as and when called upon to do so, and the feedback we have been receiving from both the trainers and those being trained has been extremely good. I am committed to providing continuing professional development for our team, and this training is just one of many opportunities for Rabbis and staff to develop their professional skills. For example the role that P’eir plays in developing the skills of our Rabbinate is just one area we have invested in over recent years, and I think the positive results of such training is there for all to see.
Di Canio and The Jews
After recently being appointed as manager of Sunderland FC, the Italian ex-footballer, Paulo Di Canio, has been forced to distance himself from comments he made in the past in which he described himself as a fascist, claiming in a club statement last week that he does not support the ideology of Fascism. Other reports state that Di Canio does considers his fascism to be benevolent. He once told the Italian news agency, Ansa: "I am a fascist, not a racist.”
CX Diary: Week Ending 04/05/2013
My community visits continued this week as I attended the Edgware Shul AGM and had a high level meeting at Newbury Park with their executive. Combined with a meeting with the Stanmore Chairman, I am ensuring I maintain healthy dialogue with as many of our Shuls as possible.
CX Diary: Week Ending 27/04/2013
Whilst this week was as busy as last, it was far more focused on internal issues. The week started last Sunday with an interesting and very constructive meeting with community Financial Representatives. Here are an incredibly hard working group of volunteers performing what might well be argued is the least appreciated job in our community. But they were still prepared to find the time to attend a meeting called by the United Synagogue Treasurers to discuss the Community Communal Contribution and US membership retention. The meeting was very constructive with a number of positive outcomes. My sincere thanks to all of our Financial Representatives, who do such good work for the community.