The Board of Deputies is asking British Jews to help develop a version of its manifesto for politicians in the hope of informing local councillors about issues of concern to the community.
Elections will take place next May in areas with large Jewish populations, including every borough in London and for authorities covering Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Hertsmere and Epping Forest.
Ahead of this year’s general election and polls for devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Board published a document giving information on global issues such as Israel and the Middle East, the Holocaust and antisemitism.
It also included details of aspects of Jewish life in Britain relating to housing, welfare issues, health and social care.
The Board hopes Jewish residents will offer advice, through a consultation process, to help put together a relevant document to send to local authorities.
An online survey asks respondents to provide information about Jewish culture and heritage, community safety and Israel. It is then possible to write submissions describing background details about concerns and asking for policy pledges from prospective councillors.
Gillian Merron, Board chief executive, said: “It is critical for the Jewish community to make its voice heard in local authorities.
“Councils are responsible for, or have a role in, many of the services which we rely on every day including community safety, social care, education and healthcare.
“From Holocaust commemoration and coroners’ services, to social care and schools, local authorities affect the life of our community in so many ways.
“By responding to this consultation, Jewish residents and organisations can ensure the strongest advocacy for its rights and needs with local councils.”
The online consultation closes on October 31.