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Board of Deputies condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

Senior Vice President Richard Verber shas reacted to the murder of two Israeli soldiers on Friday. He said: “We utterly condemn the terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli soldiers on Friday, and seriously injured two others. Our hearts go out to the families of Netanel Kahalani, who was just 20 years old, and Ziv […]

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Condemnation for ‘sickening’ letters sent to Muslims

The Board of Deputies has condemned “Punish a Muslim day” letters which have been sent out around the country. A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “The ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters are sickening. We also note that potentially harmful substances and anti-Muslim letters have been sent to some Muslim MPs. Our community knows all too […]

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Organ donations – Have your say!

The government is consulting on the introduction of an “opt-out” or “presumed consent” system of organ donation, whereby, unless a potential donor has actively made their wishes known, they are assumed to be content to donate organs. This is a threat to Jewish freedoms and family rights around burial and mourning rites. The majority of […]

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Tony Greenstein expulsion from Labour ‘a step in the right direction’

Board of Deputies of President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to Labour’s decision to expel Tony Greenstein from the party. Jonathan said: “This had to be the right decision. Tony Greenstein’s long record of noxious behaviour makes him an unsuitable member for any respectable political party. It is to be hoped that significant outstanding Labour Party […]

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Board of Deputies condemns intimidation of students at King’s College London

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned the anti-Israel demonstration which took place before a talk at King’s college London by former Israeli minister Dan Meridor. Jonathan said: “While the Board of Deputies supports the right to demonstrate peacefully, we were appalled at the scenes last night at King’s College London where those attending […]

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Board of Deputies launches social media campaign to encourage women and young people to become Deputies

At the start of its presidential election year, the Board of Deputies is launching a social media campaign to encourage young people and women to stand for election as Deputies. Four advertisements and a graphic have been produced, all  which will be promoted on social media. You can view the videos here. […]

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For more information, please email: Hear from current and previous deputies about their experiences, in our 2015 video:  

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Board of Deputies condemns brutal murder of Israeli father of four

Senior Vice President Richard Verber has condemned the murder of 29-year-old Itamar Ben Gal in Ariel on Monday. Richard said: “We are deeply saddened by the news of this brutal and cold blooded murder which has claimed the life of a young father. We call on the Palestinian Authority to condemn this appalling attack and […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to rise in number of antisemitic incidents

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the CST Annual Incidents Report which has again showed a rise in reported antisemitism. Jonathan said: For the third year running, the CST has reported record figures of antisemitic incidents, and this in a year with no specific trigger events. The UK remains an overwhelmingly happy […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched at Manchester Cathedral

Hundreds of Manchester 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 at the city’s cathedral on Monday. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, which is sponsored by Mark Addlestone. It is aimed […]

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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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