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Board of Deputies at Limmud Festival 2017

SUNDAY Conscientious objection in medicine – right or wrong? David Katz. Sunday 2.40pm/ORANGE10 Much recent public debate about medical ethics focuses – justifiably – on recognising the rights of the patient and their family. Jewish tradition often supports this. However, what happens when the doctor (or any other healthcare professional/carer) is asked to act in […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to BBC Religion and Ethics Review

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has welcomed the BBC’s Religion and Ethics review in which the broadcaster commits to expanding coverage around Jewish festivals. She said: “The BBC has a vital role to play in dispelling myths and prejudices. We are encouraged that the corporation has undertaken a wide-ranging review, consulting the Board […]

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Deep concern over far-right involvement in Austrian coalition

The Board of Deputies is deeply concerned by the coalition agreement reached in Austria which sees the Freedom Party (FPO) return to government with the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: “The far right brought unprecedented misery on Austria and other European countries in the past. It is up to all […]

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Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Women’s Aid to examine measures to protect every member of community against harassment

The Chief Executives of the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Women’s Aid have held a consultative meeting, to discuss the issue of sexual harassment in the Jewish community. We are now examining a suite of measures to ensure that every person in our community feels respected, secure and protected from harassment. […]

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BLOG: We need to play our part in supporting refugees

By Amanda Bowman Many people in the Jewish community came to the UK as frightened and vulnerable young children – some on the Kindertransport – and were welcomed into this country. Perhaps for that reason, our community expect that other communities who are in need receive the same treatment. As the group concerned with social […]

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Board of Deputies expresses solidarity with Belgian Jews over kosher slaughter ban

The Board of Deputies has expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Belgium as it files a legal challenge to Belgium’s Constitutional Court regarding a law passed by the Walloon Parliament banning Shechita – the kosher slaughter of animals. The legal challenge was submitted to Belgium’s Constitutional Court by the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations […]

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‘Grave concern’ over Trump’s Britain First retweets

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has condemned President Donald Trump’s retweets of videos posted by Britain First Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen. Marie said: “It is of grave concern that the President of the United States would retweet videos from the deputy leader of Britain First. They are a nasty far-right group […]

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Jewish Women’s Aid, Board of Deputies and synagogue movements mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women

A major cross-communal awareness-raising campaign against domestic violence, led by Jewish Women’s Aid and the Board of Deputies and supported by the synagogue movements, will be taking place across the country this Shabbat. The campaign coincides with the annual UN-designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), which falls on Shabbat 25th […]

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Statement by the President of the Board of Deputies

I am very concerned about reports of sexual harassment occurring in public life in our country.  It is important and timely to give a Jewish communal response. Every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.  No-one should have to suffer unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature.  Society must recognise and uphold […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Hertsmere

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) Exhibition in Borehamwood last night. The event at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue was attended by the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver, Borehamwood and […]

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Board of Deputies condemns ‘heinous terrorist attack’

Board of Deputies Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to Tuesday’s terror attack in New York. Richard said: “Our hearts go out to the people of New York following the heinous terrorist attack last night. We stand in solidarity with all New Yorkers and remain firm in our resolve to defeat the scourge of global terrorism.”

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New ‘Invest in Peace’ events announced

More local events have been announced for the Israeli-Palestinian ‘Invest in Peace’ initiative organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Invest in Peace invites Christian and Jewish communities in Britain to come together in support of Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding projects. The events provide the opportunity to hear from two bereaved parents, […]

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 Board of Deputies President congratulates winning designers of United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has congratulated Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter and Bowman on winning the design competition for the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition. He said: “The design is at once sympathetic to its setting and also appropriately disruptive. Our hope is that the finished memorial will […]

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Board of Deputies and AJC Europe host Diplomatic Forum, hold joint meetings

The Board of Deputies and AJC Europe – the European office of the American Jewish Committee – hosted the second Diplomatic Forum in Knightsbridge yesterday evening bringing together diplomats from 30 countries, stakeholders and community members to probe the issue of minorities in Europe. The guests heard from a panel featuring author and lecturer David […]

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Concern over falling numbers of hate crime prosecutions

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has expressed concern over the falling number of prosecutions for hate crime in the UK last year. He said: “We are concerned to see a falling number of prosecutions for hate crime when all the evidence points to a rise in antisemitic and other hate crimes. The Crown Prosecution […]

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Jonathan Arkush reacts to Austrian election result

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the victory in the Austrian elections of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP)  under the leadership of Sebastian Kurz. He  said: “While extending congratulations to Sebastian Kurz, who has a good record of engaging with the Jewish community, we are deeply concerned at the success of the […]

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Board of Deputies calls for caution over organ donation changes

Responding to the Prime Minister’s conference speech, in which she said that the Government will shift “the balance in favour of organ donation”, Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl called for caution. She said: “While, in principle, Judaism encourages organ donation in order to save lives, any changes must ensure that there […]

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Jonathan Arkush renews calls for political wing of Hezbollah to be outlawed

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the ongoing uncertainty about the decision to close the loophole that allows legal demonstrations in support of Hezbollah’s political wing, despite its military wing being banned. Jonathan said: “If the Government is serious about taking measures to combat extremism, it must be made illegal to display the […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes Labour rule change on antisemitism but says we need to see change in practice as well as in theory

Speaking from the Labour Party Conference, Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron, said: “We are pleased to hear that Labour National Executive Committee’s proposed rule change, modelled on that proposed by the Jewish Labour Movement, has been adopted by conference delegates. “This is particularly important after the ugly scenes we have witnessed during this […]

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Board of Deputies calls for condemnation of terrorist murders

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has called for the Palestinian Authority and the international community to condemn the terrorist murders of three Israelis.  He said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the three Israelis brutally murdered at Har Adar. We welcome efforts led by the […]

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Local residents and organisations urged to ‘make their voice heard’ in local government as Board of Deputies launches Jewish Manifesto consultation

Following on from the success of the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifestos for the General Election and devolved elections, it is now launching a consultation for a local government version. Jewish communities will be affected by local authority elections across England including all London boroughs, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Hertsmere and Epping Forest in 2018. The […]

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Board of Deputies launches programme to train outreach ambassadors

More than 100 delegates and professionals attended a Board of Deputies training day this week for a new national initiative to train volunteer Judaism outreach ambassadors. The training launch seminar, hosted by the Jewish Museum in London, consisted of workshops and one-to-one sessions with experts. These included author and educationalist Clive Lawton, Pikuach Director Jeffrey […]

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Welcome for tougher guidelines on online hate

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has welcomed new, tougher Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on online hate. Gillian said: “This is a positive step towards tackling hate crime in the UK. Whether it is face to face or online, hate speech is illegal and must be treated as such. Social media companies must also […]

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Board of Deputies condemn Barcelona attack

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to a van ramming attack on pedestrians in the Spanish thoroughfare of Las Ramblas. Richard said: : “We utterly condemn this brutal attack by terrorists intent on murdering and maiming innocent pedestrians in Barcelona. People of all faiths and none must come together to defeat this […]

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Board of Deputies is recruiting an Office Manager

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is recruiting for an Office Manager. This role will involve taking responsibility for key office functions and providing administrative support to enable the smooth running of the organisation. For more details about the role and how to apply, please click here.

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Jewish and Muslim organisations complain to IPSO about “dangerous” article

Jewish and Muslim organisations in Britain have made a joint complaint about The Sun to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, regarding a “dangerous” anti-Muslim article by Trevor Kavanagh. Their complaint – submitted jointly by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Tell MAMA and Faith Matters – states that: “The printing of the phrase ‘The […]

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Board of Deputies expresses solidarity with Americans against far right

The Board of Deputies stands in solidarity with American Jewish organisations and others taking a stand against the racist “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: “How can it be that in twenty-first century America, you have extremists openly chanting racist and antisemitic slogans, and mowing […]

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Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic column

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to a column by Kevin Myers in the Irish edition of The Sunday Times highlighting Jewish presenters Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz and suggesting “Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price”. Jonathan said: ‘This is a disgraceful column […]

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Board of Deputies welcome European Court ruling on Hamas

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has welcomed the European Court of Justice decision affirming that Hamas remains designated a terror organisation. He said: “As the Board of Deputies has long argued, it is imperative that all responsible international actors ensure that there is no daylight between their positions on an organisation which deliberately targets civilians and consistently violates the […]

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Jonathan Arkush reacts to record antisemitism figures

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to a report by the Community Security Trust showing a record number of antisemitic hate incidents in the UK. Jonathan said: “The record figure of antisemitic incidents in the first six months of 2017 will be of deep concern to all Jews, particularly as there have been […]

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BLOG: How to harness your pesto power

By Natalie Shaw Several deputies, particularly those outside of London, have recently raised concerns regarding accessing kosher foods prior to last Pesach. Apparently some supermarkets that traditionally offered a limited range of products considerably reduced their range. The Communities Division have briefly discussed this situation and we would like to know of specific problems encountered […]

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Board of Deputies condemns ‘depraved’ murders

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the brutal terrorist murders of three Israelis on Friday night. Jonathan said: “The Board of Deputies utterly condemns the depraved murders of Yosef, Chaya and Elad Salomon, as they celebrated the Sabbath and the birth of a new grandchild in Halamish. Such a terrorist attack must […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes Sadiq Khan’s call to ban Hezbollah

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Sadiq Khan’s call for the Home Secretary to fully ban Hezbollah. She said: “This is a welcome step by the Mayor which is fully supported by the Board of Deputies. Hezbollah itself does not distinguish between its military and political wing which, is […]

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Board of Deputies condemnation for Palestine Expo

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned the Palestine Expo scheduled to take place in London this weekend. He said: “The so-called Palestine Expo features a line-up of speakers characterised by their hatred towards one country – Israel.  Some have shown a notable degree of solidarity with terrorist organisations like Hamas. The event shows […]

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Praise for achievements of Women in Jewish Leadership at celebration event

Speakers including Shakira Martin, the president-elect of the National Union of Students, last night celebrated the achievements of Women in Jewish Leadership (WJL) – the project founded to address gender equality issues in the community. Shakira Martin told the audience at the event in central London that “by coming together, women of ethnic minorities can […]

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Board of Deputies President condemns attack on Muslim worshippers

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned last night’s attack outside a mosque in north London. Jonathan said: “We condemn the attack on Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park last night, which appears to be a terrorist incident. Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with the victims. This weekend, the Jewish community joined Muslims […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to resignation of Tim Farron

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the resignation of Tim Farron as Liberal Democrat leader. He said: Tim Farron made admirable progress in reaching out to the Jewish community and in taking action against bigotry in his party. We wish him well and look forward to working with his successor to continue the positive […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Hove

Thousands of Sussex schoolchildren will learn about the Jewish way of life following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience exhibition in Hove this week. The launch, which was held at the Ralli Hall in Hove, was organised by the newly formed Sussex Outreach group, led by Deputy Nick Beck from Brighton and Hove Reform […]

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Board of Deputies at AJC Global Forum 2017

Chief Executive Gillian Merron and International Relations Officer David attended AJC (American Jewish Committee) Global Forum 2017 in Washington this week as world leaders, Israeli and US politicians and media personalities came together for a range of sessions covering issues from Muslim-Jewish engagement to the diaspora’s relationship with Israel, geopolitical alliances to youth leadership. Speakers […]

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Solidarity expressed with Manchester Jewish community following arson attacks against kosher restaurants

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has expressed solidarity with the Manchester Jewish community following arson attacks against kosher restaurants. She said: “We are deeply concerned about the arson attacks against Manchester Kosher restaurants which police are now treating as ‘antisemitic hate crimes’. I am sure the whole community expresses solidarity with […]

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Statement on the terrorist attack on London Bridge

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has made a statement following Saturday night’s brutal attack in London. She said: ” We condemn last night’s terrorist incident in the strongest terms. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and our gratitude is with the emergency services. People of all faiths and none must come […]

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Board of Deputies thanks UK Government for stand against WHO on Israel

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has praised the UK government for voting against a hostile World Health Organisation (WHO) resolution on Israel. He said: “Thank you to the UK Government for taking a principled stand by voting against a resolution condemning Israel at the World Health Assembly of the WHO. The only […]

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The Jewish Manifesto

The Jewish Manifesto is a comprehensive policy document for the community covering policy areas including antisemitism, Israel, education, religious freedom issues like Shechita and Brit Milah, and much more besides. As well as containing detailed information on each of these areas, the policies have once again been summarised into ‘Ten Commitments’ to give politicians an […]

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BLOG: My Story of the Six Day War, by Stephen Gold

Stephen Gold was 20 years old when the Six Day War broke. He left his job to fly to Israel as a volunteeer. This is his story I was 20 in 1967. In  early May we began to realise a tense situation was taking place on all borders surrounding Israel. By May 16th Nasser’s troops were massing […]

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Jonathan Arkush condemns UCU motion on antisemitism

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned a proposed motion due to be discussed by the University and Colleges Union (UCU) at its upcoming congress. He said: “The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism is endorsed by the Jewish community in the UK and across Europe. In the UK it is also […]

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