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Board of Deputies deplores ongoing rocket attacks on Israel

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb said: “Israel – as every other sovereign nation state  – has the right to defend and protect her citizens and its borders. We strongly deplore the ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza on Southern Israeli communities, which make the lives of so […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Israel’s Nation State law

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted Israel’s newly passed Nation State Law.   She said: “Whilst we celebrate Israel’s Jewish-ness, there is concern that some of the measures in this law are regressive steps. Among Israel’s great strengths are its democracy and diversity, Being Jewish is a wonderful thing, but this should […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting

The Board of Deputies is looking for excellent people to fill two new roles –  an Education and Youth Engagement Officer and a Public Affairs Assistant. The Education and Youth Engagement Officer will be responsible for assisting and advancing the education policy and youth engagement work of the Board of Deputies. This will include advocating for Jewish […]

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‘Anger in the community’ over Labour’s modified definition of antisemitism

In a joint letter to the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust have spoken of “anger in the community” over the modified version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism adopted by the party. In the letter,  JLC Chief Executives […]

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Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council react to Labour’s refusal to adopt antisemitism definition in full

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein have responded to Labour’s newly approved code of conduct on antisemitism. They said: “It is for Jews to determine for themselves what antisemitism is. The UK Jewish community has adopted in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism, […]

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Board of Deputies President calls on councillors to adopt IHRA definition and oppose boycotts at Midlands seminar

The Jewish community’s priorities were spelled out to councillors from across the East and West Midlands on Sunday, at a local government seminar in Birmingham. Councillors from as far afield as Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire attended sessions on antisemitism, Israel, education and social care. A highlight of the event, which took place at Singers Hill Synagogue, […]

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BLOG: An American perspective on fighting discrimination

By Emma Jacobs This spring, the Board of Deputies helped to be one of only 10 Europeans to take part in the ‘First Responders’ programme with the Anti Defamation League and the European Jewish Congress. The two week trip focused on ADL’s dual mission; fighting the defamation of the Jewish people and for all human […]

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New report finds 25 per cent rise in Jewish births in the past decade

The balance between births and deaths in the Jewish population of the UK has changed dramatically over the past decade, with an excess of birth over deaths driving up the overall size of the population. A new report, Vital statistics of the UK Jewish population: Births and deaths, authored by JPR Research Fellow, Dr Donatella […]

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Milah UK welcomes Icelandic decision to drop circumcision bill

Dr Simon Hochhauser, the Co-chair of Milah UK which promotes and protects the right of the Jewish community to carry out religious circumcision, has welcomed Iceland’s decision to drop its proposed bill to ban circumcision. He said: “We welcome the common sense decision of the Icelandic Parliament to drop this bill which would have criminalised […]

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Amanda Bowman condemns NUS over Israel vote

Vice President Amanda Bowman has condemned the National Union of Students NEC for voting to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. She said:  “Once again, a divisive motion by the NUS NEC has singled out Israel, the region’s only liberal democracy, for hostility, ignoring the human rights abuses by other rogue states […]

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 Board of Deputies condemns Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on Gaza

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has challenged Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn on his statement issued on Tuesday in which he called Britain’s failure to call for an independent investigation into killings at the Gaza border “morally indefensible” Sheila said:  “Every country has the right to defend its own borders. Jeremy Corbyn’s statement […]

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 Board of Deputies calls on Jews to reach out to different faiths

The Board of Deputies has called on Jews throughout Britain to reach out to beyond the Jewish community, at an oversubscribed conference at JW3. Edwin Shuker, in his first speech as the new Board of Deputies Vice-President with responsibility for interfaith, opened the day by setting out his vision for the Board of Deputies to […]

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Board of Deputies condemns rocket strikes on Israeli town

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: “We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket attacks fired from Gaza at Israeli population centres. These were fired at innocent civilians and one landed just outside a kindergarten. This is the attempted murder of Israeli children, pure and simple.”

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Marie van der Zyl names her top team line-up

Board of Deputies President Elect Marie van der Zyl has announced her divisional heads for the next three years. Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb, who polled highest in the vice presidential elections, will chair the International Division. Vice President Edwin Shuker will chair the Communities and Education Division, which now includes the interfaith activities of […]

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 Board of Deputies supports calls for Windrush inquiry

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and President-Elect Marie van der Zyl have supported calls for an inquiry into wrongful deportations of members of the Windrush generation. They said: “The news that 63 members of the Windrush generation could have been wrongfully deported from our country is deeply distressing to anyone who cares about justice […]

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Condemnation for Indonesian church bombings

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to the suicide bombings which have rocked Indonesia over the weekend. He said: “The Board of Deputies utterly condemns the appalling suicide bombings on worshippers attending church services in Indonesia, which claimed eight innocent lives and caused many more injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go […]

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Marie van der Zyl is elected Board of Deputies President

Marie van der Zyl has been elected President of the Board of Deputies. Marie defeated Simon Hochhauser, Edwin Shuker and Sheila Gewolb to succeed Jonathan Arkush in the role. Following the election, Marie told Deputies: “I’m overwhelmed. I want to thank everyone who put their confidence in me. It will be an honour and a […]

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Board of Deputies: Response to Government faith schools announcements

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the Government’s announcements on faith schools. He said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to facilitating the opening of more faith schools, including Jewish schools, through designated funding provided to local authorities. The popularity of faith schools with parents reflects their academic results, ethos, behavioural standards and […]

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Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic outburst by Palestinian leader

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to antisemitic statements made by Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas. He said: “We condemn the antisemitic comments of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the strongest possible terms. His statement, that the Holocaust of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, has nothing to do […]

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Watch the Hustings Live

The Deputies standing for Honorary Officer positions are attending a number of Hustings in the lead up the the vote on May 13th. Where possible the Board of Deputies are live streaming each event and providing an archive of these key discussions. Click below to watch a recording of the May 8nd Hustings in London. […]

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Welcome for plan to dismiss Icelandic anti-circumcision bill

Professor David Katz and Dr Simon Hochhauser, the co-chairs of Milah UK  -the Jewish organisation concerned with maintaining our tradition of circumcision -have welcomed  the recommendation by Icelandic parliamentarians to dismiss the proposed anti-circumcision legislation. They said: “Milah UK welcomes the recommendation by Iceland’s Judicial Affairs and Education Committee to dismiss the anti-circumcision bill. While […]

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Town hall chiefs back Board of Deputies 10 Local Commitments

Town hall chiefs from across the country and political spectrum have backed the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto for Local Government and its Ten Local Commitments. The Ten Local Commitments summarise the manifesto and include support for the full International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism, faith-sensitive coroners’ services and specialist Jewish social care services. […]

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Jews and Cypriots celebrate their communities together

Jews and Cypriots in the UK last came together to celebrate their communities in the Commonwealth. the Board of Deputies of British Jew, in cooperation with the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the Commonwealth Jewish Council, hosted the event  entitled “A Celebration of Cypriot and Jewish Communities in the Commonwealth” to coincide […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Carlisle

  Hundreds of Cumbrian 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) in Carlisle on Monday. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, in which Liberal Judaism are partnering with the Board of Deputies, […]

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Board of Deputies ‘concern’ at treatment of Windrush migrants

Board of Deputies of British Jews Senior Vice President Richard Verber has expressed concern over the treatment of migrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children in the 1950s and who may now face deportation. He said: “Like other migrant communities, Jews know what it is like to be treated as the ‘other’. Therefore we […]

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Concern at campaign messages of Hungarian election winner Orban

Responding to the victory of Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party in the Hungarian elections, Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron said: “We are very concerned at some of the messages at the heart of Viktor Orban’s election campaign, including his comments about ‘Muslim invaders’ and calling migrants ‘poison’. “There were also worrying antisemitic undertones in […]

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 Board of Deputies condemns swastika daubings

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has condemned a series of Swastika daubings which have disgusted residents of the North West London district of Dollis Hill. Gillian said: Dollis Hill, with its historic connection to Winston Churchill’s stand against fascism, will not be divided by the actions of idiots. We hope the police catch […]

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Jewish communal leaders respond to Jeremy Corbyn

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and, have issued a joint reply in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s letter and request for a meeting. You can read the full letter here. You can read Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to Jonathan Arkush and Jonathan […]

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Board of Deputies and JLC: ‘Never has our community made a more powerful statement that we will not tolerate antisemitism in the Labour Party’

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein have issued a statement thanking all of those who travelled to Parliament Square on Monday to demonstrate their opposition to antisemitism in the Labour Party. They said: “Yesterday, thousands of people from our community and far beyond came together in Parliament Square to […]

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Condemnation for French supermarket attack

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has condemned the terrorist attack against civilians at a French supermarket. He said: “The Board of Deputies condemns the horrific attack against innocent people in Trebes, France. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of all those affected.”

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Bristol student Sally Patterson is first winner of UK Campus Pitch competition

University of Bristol undergraduate Sally Patterson has won the UK’s first ever Campus Pitch Competition, a contest for students to pitch their idea for addressing Jewish issues on campus. In the competition finale, Sally picked up £5,000 investment for her project ‘Women of Faith in Leadership’. She defeated three other teams to clinch the prize […]

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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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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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