At a recent Wellington Jewish community meeting, participants made clear their dissatisfaction with the Jewish Council’s tone of voice, composition, accountability and their narrow definition of the Jewish community’s shared interests.
The Wellington Jewish Council (our regional council, which also sends four delegates to the NZ Jewish Council’s membership of eighteen) has taken this feedback on board. They have begun the work to revise their constitution and earn their mandate.
We at Alternative Jewish Voices regard this as a hopeful, significant opening. We share this excerpt from the Council’s email with their agreement:
After reflecting on the discussion held, we propose that in order to re-establish the Wellington Jewish Council, a new constitution will be required that can capture the voice and aspirations of the community. Below is a survey to help begin that journey. …
Until we have completed the process of drafting and confirming a constitution, the four of us will not purport to speak on behalf of the Wellington Jewish Council as we do not feel that we have a mandate to do so.
The Council has circulated a survey to elicit the Jewish community’s views about the representation we want. Here’s the challenge. Wellington Jews who belong to a synagogue will have received this survey at least once. Our existing institutions have multiple channels and email lists. How can this consultation include the members of our community who do not belong, or have not felt welcome, in our institutions? They are disenfranchised now, and their views are essential if this process is to result in the genuine representation of our community as a whole.
Please help by sharing this survey with members of the Wellington Jewish community who might not have received it. If you are Jewish in the Wellington region, please complete a survey. Please include yourself, in the hope that this conversation will lead to a more inclusive community, and a Council voice that actually reflects and represents more of us.
Here is the survey link.
If you want a copy of the regional or national Jewish Council’s current constitution, please write to the contact address below or write directly to the Wellington Jewish Council. The survey is open for three weeks.
Alternative Jewish Voices