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Board of Deputies Pesach Statement 5774
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

Board of Deputies Pesach Statement Read More

Video of Holocaust Commission consultation
by The Board posted in Defence

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Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission: How can you get involved
by The Board posted in Defence

Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission: How can you get involved? Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing March 26 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read the Community Briefing here Read More

Muslim Jewish Forum shining example of interfaith at Durham University
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Guest blogger Ben Kasstan writes about creating Durham University’s first Muslim Jewish Forum. It has built a bridge between the Jewish and Islamic society who were previously disconnected and divided over the on-going political situation in Israel-Palestine. Read More

BOARD OF DEPUTIES URGES MASSIVE RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT HOLOCAUST CONSULTATION
by The Board posted in Defence

Individuals and institutions from right across the Jewish community are being urged by the Board of Deputies to ensure a massive response to the Government’s Holocaust Commission’s consultation on the future of Holocaust education and commemoration. The Board has been invited by the Government to coordinate the community’s response and will be hosting a series of meetings in London and Leeds over the next two months to give experts and members of the public plenty of opportunities to participate in the consultation before the deadline for submissions on 30th May. Read More

The Board of Deputies condemns the shameful scenes last night when the Student Union of King’s College London voted to support BDS of Israel.
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies condemns the shameful scenes last night when the Student Union of King’s College London voted to support BDS of Israel. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing
by The Board posted in Community

Read the Community Briefing to learn about what has been going on in the community this past week. Read More

Jewish year of rest should wake us up to needs of the poor
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Jude Williams, of Tzedek relates the concept of the Jewish Sabbatical year and how we should relate this to helping in the battle against povery. Read More

Board members meet Romanian President
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The President of the Board alongside two Deputies met the Romanian President this week in a ceremony in which EJC President Dr Moshe Kantor was presented with a national award. Read More

Board statement on reports of the firing of 70 rockets into Southern Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Board statement in response to 70 rockets reportedly having been fired into southern Israel. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing March 12 2014
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news affecting UK Jewry Read More

Board statement on David Cameron arriving in Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We are delighted that David Cameron is making his first official visit to Israel. It underlines the commitment of the British government to the Israel-Palestinian peace process and the two state solution. Read More

Community leaders discuss future direction of UK Jewry
by The Board posted in Community

The Board convened a full day conference examining the future strategies for the leadership of UK Jewry at UCL on Sunday.The conference, entitled Vision 20 20: Leading British Jewry into the Future, was run in association with UCL’s Institute for Jewish Studies. The Jewish Chronicle were the sponsors. Read More

Aipac 2014
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Vice President Jonathan Arkush reports on his recent trip to Washington after attending Aipac Conference 2014. Read More

Shechitah update following last Thursday’s front page story in the Times
by The Board posted in Defence

Defence Chair Jonathan Arkush with an update on the Shechita campaign following last week\'s attack by John Blackwell. Read More

The Board is recruiting for Summer Voluntary Internships
by The Board posted in Community

We are recruiting Summer voluntary interns. Read More

Board of Deputies Statement in response to the Times front page article
by The Board posted in Defence

As many of you will know the Jewish Community responded with great concern following renewed calls on the front page of The Times newspaper yesterday, from the incoming President of the British Veterinary Association, John Blackwell, for religious slaughter to be banned. Read More

Jewish Community Decries British Veterinary ‘Dereliction of Duty’
by The Board posted in Defence

The Jewish Community responded with great concern this morning following renewed calls on the front page of The Times newspaper from the incoming President of the British Veterinary Association, John Blackwell, for religious slaughter to be banned. Read More

Reaction from the APPG on British Jews to the call to ban Shechita in its current form


The Officers and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews are deeply concerned by the comments made by John Blackwell, the incoming President of the British Veterinary Association that have been covered on the front page of The Times today. Read More

Board defends religious slaughter after it comes under attack from President-elect of British Veterinary Association
by The Board posted in Defence

Board Vice President Jonathan Arkush appeared on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 to defend religious slaughter after John Blackwell, President-elect of the British Veterinary Association called for Ministers to consider banning it in its current form. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing March 5 2014
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news affecting UK Jewry Read More

Remembering Madiba at Westminster service
by The Board posted in General Interest

When someone dies at an advanced age after a life of great achievement then the appropriate reaction is to be grateful for his life rather than to mourn his death. It was fitting therefore that on Monday the government organised a service of thanksgiving for the life of Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey which Board President Vivian Wineman was privileged to attend. Read More

Board President meets Austrian President
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

A European Jewish Congress delegation led by President Dr. Moshe Kantor, and including Board President, and Chairman of the Council of the EJC, Vivian Wineman, met with Austrian President Heinz Fischer last week Read More

Board’s expert panel meets with Examinations board about cultural sensitivities around exam questions
by The Board posted in Education

An expert panel convened by the Board of Deputies’ education team met with a leading schools examinations board this week over issues relating to cultural sensitivities around examination questions. Read More

Chatham Rules in Jewish Kent
by The Board posted in Community

Chatham Memorial Synagogue, a traditional Orthodox synagogue, in Rochester. has become the social centre for the various Jewish communities of Kent. The idea started some years ago, when the late Hilary Halpern, then Chairman of Chatham Synagogue, had discussions with the then chairman of Kent Liberal Jewish Community, Tony Kreit, with a view to arranging social/cultural events, in which all shades of Jewish opinion could join. Read More

Board 20 20 Vision Conference details
by The Board posted in Community

We pleased to be able to present to you a draft programme which has now been agreed for the Board’s first full day Conference for more than ten years. Read More

The fallout from the boycott focus
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Yehuda Cohen’s voice rises and he bridles at the very mention of the Israel boycott campaign that has been gathering support in Europe and parts of the West. He employs a workforce comprised of 50 Palestinians, who live in local villages and 40 Israelis, at a site just 20 miles from the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Read More

Board of Deputies welcomes the Government’s renewal of funding for the Near Neighbours Programme
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board of Deputies welcomes the Government’s renewal of funding for the Near Neighbours Programme, which has been extremely successful over the last three years Read More

Jewish communal statements regarding Nicolas Anelka verdict
by The Board posted in Defence

Following the independent tribunal\'s decision to uphold charges against Nicolas Anelka Jewish community organisation have issued the following statement Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing February 26 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read the community Briefing for the latest news about UK Jewry Read More

The launch of a European manifesto for the UK Jewish community
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Public Affairs International Officer Joseph Moses writes about the UK Jewish Community’s Manifesto, produced by the Board, for the upcoming European Parliament Elections. He explains how policy makers and European and World umbrella Jewish organisations have responded so positively to it and how the document has a series of key asks that we encourage our community members to take to their candidates. To read the blog please click here. Read More

Board launches search for new Chief Executive
by The Board posted in Community

The Board of Deputies is launching a comprehensive, transparent and professional process to recruit a permanent Chief Executive, with adverts placed across the Jewish media and beyond. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing February 19 2014
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community Read More

It’s great to be Jewish on Campus!
by Guest posted in Defence

Union of Jewish Students\' President Joe Tarsh writes about how Jewish students are confounding the doubters and slowly winning the battle against delegitimisation of Israel. Most importantly, they are just like any other students attending UK universities, and they play a full role in student life and politics. Read More

First ever European Jewish Manifesto launched in front of Jewish communal representatives
by The Board posted in Defence

The European Jewish Manifesto was officially unveiled on Sunday at the Board of Deputies’ Plenary meeting. The Manifesto is the first ever produced specifically for the European Jewish community. It provides information for MEP candidates, so they are fully informed of the community’s European concerns. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing February 13 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read the Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community, including about an event hosted by Nick Clegg. Read More

Great Britain’s Jews in 2014: a tale of two communities
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

Our President Vivian Wineman writes about the initial results of the JPR National Jewish Community Survey which were highly informative. This blog also appeared in last week\'s Jewish Chronicle. Read More

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality Campaigns against Asylum Destitution.
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Deputy and BODSA member Neville Sassienie writes about the vital work performed by J-Core and how BODSA members can abet that work. Read More

Rep Council President addresses 250 school pupils in Bolton for HMD
by The Board posted in Defence

Manchester Jewish Rep Council President, and Deputy, Frank Baigel told the different stories of the Journeys of Tibor Molnar [Terry Samuels ] a 6 yr old survivor of Belsen and Friedrich Hirschfeld [Frank Henderson] a Kinder transport teenager at the Holocaust Memorial Day event for 250 school children in Bolton Lancs. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing February 5 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read the Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Dieudonné and New Age Antisemites
by Guest posted in Defence

Guest blogger Karen Harradine writes about a growing number of people who believe and promote a myriad of antisemitic conspiracy theories wrapped up in a search for enlightenment. She calls them New Age antisemites. This new breed of antisemites will worship anyone who they think stands up to ‘the Jews”. Read More

Statement on exclusion of Dieudonne M’bala M’bala from the UK
by The Board posted in Defence

To read our statement please click. Read More

Statement following the disgraceful vandalism of Reform synagogue in Raanana, Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement in response to a Reform synagogue in Ra\'anana, Israel being vandalized with graffiti Read More

Our message of full support for Scarlett Johansson
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Read our statement by clicking here Read More

The death of Dayan Lopian z\'l
by The Board posted in Community

The Board was extremely sad to hear of the passing of Dayan Lopian z\'l. Read More

Board sessions at Manchester Day Limmud
by The Board posted in Community

Deputies of the Board are involved in the following 13 sessions at Sunday’s Manchester Day Limmud. Read More

Holocaust Memorial Day Journeys of Difference and Similarity
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board\'s Public and Parliamentary Officer Sophie Dunoff writes about attending City Hall’s Holocaust Memorial Day event. She explains how the well-chosen theme of Journeys was the focus for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing January 29 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing January 22 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Holocaust Memorial Day Regional Events
by The Board posted in Community

The following are events for HMD in the regions Read More

£25 to the Board of Deputies- why and for what?
by Colin Spanjar posted in Community

One of the most frequent questions I get asked once people realise I work for the Board of Deputies is a simple, yet complicated one. “What do they do?” They rarely ask what I do because that’s of no relevance: it’s always what do they do and why? Read More

The Board\'s Vice President Jonathan Arkush speaking about the quenelle and Anelka on the BBC with Hugh Edwards
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Defence

The Board\'s Vice President Jonathan Arkush speaking about the quenelle and Anelka on the BBC with Hugh Edwards. Read More

Statement on the decision by the FA to charge Nicolas Anelka with aggravated misconduct
by The Board posted in Defence

Board statement on the decision by the FA to charge Nicolas Anelka with aggravated misconduct. Read More

Board writes to Home Office urging them to prevent Vona Gabor from speaking in the UK
by The Board posted in Defence

Board writes to Home Office urging them to prevent Vona Gabor from speaking in the UK Read More

Community Briefing January 15
by The Board posted in Community

Read the community briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish Community. Read More

What have Brighton, Bournemouth and Belfast got in common?
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

The last few years have seen the launch of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (which I co chair), the Bournemouth Action for Israel group and the Sussex Friends of Israel. In diverse regions, with vastly different Jewish communities and unique challenges, these organisations share a focus on outward-facing engagement on the subject of Israel. Read More

Sunday\'s Plenary
by The Board posted in Community

To watch this Sunday\'s live stream of our Plenary please click here for the link. Read More

Board mourns passing of Ariel Sharon z″l


Statement on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon Read More

Time Banking At LJCC
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Want to learn to fix a bike tyre? Learn knitting? Aramaic in an hour? Arabic in the next hour? Perfect Parenting? Graphic Design? Join us for The First Jewish Timebanking Day at The London Jewish Cultural Centre on February 16. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 8 January 2014
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Limmud 2013- Board makes full contribution to annual festival of learning
by The Board posted in Education

The dust has finally settled after the record breaking Limmud Conference at Warwick University. Among the biggest draws was our own Interfaith and Social Action consultant Rabbi Natan Levy, whose Talmud Live! Sessions- in which halachic tractates were discussed using role playing and audience interaction- attended by over 100 people. Read More

Board delighted at news of upcoming visit to Israel by PM
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We are delighted that David Cameron is making his first official visit to Israel next month- it could not be more timely. It underlines the commitment of the British government to the Israel-Palestinian peace process and the two state solution to which the British Jewish community is so deeply devoted. Read More

Video of interfaith Mitzvah Day event at Spitalfields City Farm
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Superb video about a Mitzvah Day interfaith initiative run by the Board\'s Interfaith and Social Action consultant Rabbi Natan Levy. This was a joint project with CCJ and funded by Near Neighbours. Read More

Anglican Priest at home at Limmud
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Heard the one about the Anglican priest who went to Limmud and ended his first day at the Daf Yomi session? You have now, for I was he. As a Christian involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue for years, I have ‘nearly’ made it to Limmud a few times, to help with one session or another. Read More

Board Reaction to Anelka ‘Quenelle’ Salute
by The Board posted in Community

The ‘Quenelle’ is widely recognised as an antisemitic gesture and Dieudonne has form for race hate. French politicians and Jews on the continent generally were appalled to see this gesture displayed on television. We call on the Football Association to investigate this matter urgently and take appropriate action. Read More

Board Sessions at Limmud Conference 2013
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board Staff and Deputies are delighted to be participating in the following sessions. We hope that you can attend as many of them as possible! Yours sincerely, the Board’s presenting team. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing December 18 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read the Community Briefing for the latest news about the UK Jewish community. Read More

The challenge of minority rights in Europe
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board this week hosted a panel of human rights experts discussing the state of minority rights in Europe. The talk was entitled “The State of Minority Rights in Europe – the Jakob Finci Case and other ongoing issues” and included leading human rights lawyer Clive Baldwin, Shauna Leven, Director of European Jewish human rights group René Cassin, and Alex Maws, Head of Education at the Holocaust Educational Trust. Read More

Celebrating with Westminster friends
by The Board posted in Defence

This Chanukah the Board of Deputies in conjunction with the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews hosted its’ second Parliamentary Chanukah reception, in the House of Commons. It was as one deputy described it a most memorable event. The room was full to capacity, packed with many good and great friends of the Jewish community. Read More

Education, Education, Education
by The Board posted in Education

The Board has been extremely busy in fulfilling its mandate of presenting Judaism to non Jews. Read More

Mourning Madiba
by Vivian Wineman posted in General Interest

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela it is appropriate to add a perspective from the Board. We are proud to have hosted many leaders and statesmen but receiving Mandela in April 2000 was one of our finest hours. Read More

Nelson Mandela
by Press Office posted in Community

The Board of Deputies expresses its sorrow at the passing of Nelson Mandela. Read More

Deputy Prime Minister lights up Parliament at Board Chanukah Reception
by The Board posted in Community

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg, was the Guest of Honour at the Board of Deputies’ Chanukah Reception in Parliament. He was joined by over 40 Parliamentarians from the three main parties, as well as senior Jewish community figures and representatives of other faith communities in what is one of the key political networking events in the Jewish calendar. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing December 3 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community Read More

Joint Statement on Iran Nuclear Interim Agreement – The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the French Crif
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies and the Crif welcome the recent progress in talks with Iran. However, whilst we do hope that the new Iranian Government is genuinely interested is steps towards greater peace and security in the Middle East, we have some ongoing concerns. Read More

Deepening ties between French and UK Jews
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

On Sunday we hosted a series of bilateral meetings with the Crif (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France). The meetings aimed at discussing common issues facing the French and UK Jewish communities and exploring areas for further joint cooperation. Read More

Towards a Manifesto for Europe
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

It seems so far away, but it isn’t. As of this week, it is less than six months elections for the European Parliament on 22 May 2014. The workings of this central EU institution are poorly understood by British voters, but these elections matter. Read More

Custodians of Jewish Cemetery appeal for descendents to help preserve plot
by The Board posted in Defence

The custodians of a precious part of the religious heritage of Cornwall are hoping the descendants of families buried in a hidden graveyard will help them repair the plot. The well-preserved headstones of the Penzance Jewish Cemetery are a reminder of at time when the town had a flourishing Jewish community. Read More

Historic speech by Home Secretary praises Board’s role in fighting for liberty in the UK
by The Board posted in Community

The Home Secretary Theresa May praised the Board of Deputies’ work in protecting students on UK campuses in her address at the Board’s President’s Dinner last night. She was speaking as Guest of Honour at the Mansion House event, alongside the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf. Among the honoured guests were former Home Secretary Lord Hurd and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Read More

Appeal video for 2013 Annual Dinner
by The Board posted in Community

Appeal video for 2013 Annual Dinner highlighting the range of work that the Board is involved in. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing November 27 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for all the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

The litmus test of the Roma
by Laurence Brass posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Judge Laurence Brass writes about how for the Jewish community there is a depressingly familiar resonance to the growing disparagement of the Roma community being voiced in the UK and throughout Europe. Gypsies and Jews were among the first victims of the Nazis. Both groups were subjected to similar treatment on the spurious ground of preserving racial purity. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing November 20th 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Swords into Ploughshares: learning about conflict resolution from Belfast
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Our Interfaith and Social Action consultant Rabbi Natan Levy writes movingly about the recent two day trip to Belfast that he arranged for faith leaders, who wanted to understand how Northern Ireland has approached conflict resolution. Read More

AJEX Remembrance Parade - 2013
by Guest posted in Community

A moving account of the AJEX Remembrance Parade by Deputy for Exeter Hebrew Congregation Dr Paul Newgass. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing November 13 2013
by The Board posted in General Interest

Read our Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Celebrating Mitzvah Day Together
by Laura Marks posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Ahead of this weekend’s Mitzvah Day UK 2013, the Board’s Senior Vice President Laura Marks, who is co-founder and Chief Executive of Mitzvah Day UK, writes about how we all have a part to play, and that inclusivity is the key theme for this weekend’s events. Read More

No to BDS, but there is a Better Way
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board of Deputies has issued its response to the Methodist Church in Britain’s Consultation about the tactic of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The Board’s response, which can be viewed in full below, emphasises that, rather than the destructive and divisive nature of BDS, those who want to have a positive impact on the Israel-Palestine conflict should actively invest in peace and reconciliation projects, as these build bridges rather than destroy them. Read More

Remembrance Day Camden Civic Service Address
by The Board posted in General Interest

Our Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg was honoured to be asked to address the Remembrance Day Camden Civic Service. Read More

Majority of Jewish marriages set to be strictly Orthodox in ten years on current trends says Board of Deputies
by The Board posted in Community

Marriages within the strictly Orthodox (Charedi) community are expected to account for more than half of all Jewish marriages in the UK within ten years, according to the latest statistics published by the community’s representative body, The Board of Deputies of British Jews. Read More

AJEX Parade on November 17
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board is proud to announce that we formally involved in the AJEX Parade on November 17. Denise Lester, solicitor and Deputy for South Hampstead United Synagogue has kindly volunteered as the contact point for the Board’s delegation. Read More

British Jewry is Loud and Proud
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach accuses British Jews of being uncomfortably silent in the face of attacks on Israel. However it would be truer to say that our community is loud and proud in its proactive support of Israel, and very comfortable with it. Read More

Premier League Advertising Guru kicks off our Young Professionals Group
by The Board posted in Community

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Young Professionals’ Group. The idea is to bring together 25-35 year olds for fun, informal events, in which they are able to hear a talk from top professionals. Our first event is on Thursday December 12, with our guest speaker Alex Fynn, a former vice-chairman of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing November 6 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news in the community Read More

Snowflakes and Snowballs
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board is delighted to welcome guest blogger Barry Frankfurt who is writing about taking part in Mitzvah Day’s ‘Give Away Your Lunch’ on Friday November 15, something that Board staff are also going to be doing. The article was in last week’s Ham and High. Read More

Board Annual Dinner less than a month away
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board\'s Annual Dinner is less than a month away. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and one of the UK’s foremost politicians, will be our honoured guest speaker. She is the first Home Secretary to address the Board’s Dinner. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing October 30th 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Europe, Internationalism & the Jews
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board\'s Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg blogs about his busy day in Brussels this week. Read More

Statement on Paul Reichmann
by The Board posted in General Interest

Following the death of property developer Paul Reichmann the Board has issued the following statement. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing October 23 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read our Community Briefing for the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community Read More

Great Israeli statesmen from Ulster
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

We recently marked the 95th anniversary of the birth of one of the most distinguished Israelis to be raised in the British Isles, Chaim Herzog. Remarkably when Herzog was born in Belfast, a near neighbour was the future Foreign Minister, Abba Eban. Belfast deputy, Steven Jaffe, explores the distinguished connection of his city to an Israeli president and foreign minister. Was there something in the water? Read More

Jewish Early Years teaching professionals discuss curriculum changes
by The Board posted in Education

An Early Years meeting sponsored by PaJeS and the Board of Deputies of British Jews saw nearly 70 educators from Jewish schools and nurseries hear from leading speakers in education about major changes to the Early Years curriculum. Read More

Board of Deputies complaint against Rev Sizer resolved
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Defence

I am very pleased to announce that our complaint about Rev Sizer has now been resolved. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 16th October 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read the Community Briefing for all the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Success at Co-op meetings
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Co-op\'s Boycott policies regarding Israel have been challenged at area meetings of the Co-op held across the country this month. Read More

Making our Way Out- Kurt Herzberg (Yehuda Barlev), Translated and edited by Noemi Zell-Barlev.
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

Deputy Noemi Zell-Barlev writes about her father’s account of his involvement between 1933 and 1938 as part of the Hechalutz management team. It was here that he spent three years facilitating the emigration to Palestine of thousands of young Jews from Germany and across Europe through the Hachshara programme. Her father decided to put his account in writing as it is an authentic way of telling his grandchildren about his time in Berlin. As it is written in slightly old fashioned German Noemi decided to translate it and make it accessible to all her family in Israel, Australia and the US, as well as to those interested in and/or researching this period. Read More

Non Jewish school children learning lots about Judaism
by The Board posted in Education

One of the Board’s most successful products is the Seeing Jewish Life (SJL) tours, which teaches over a thousand non Jewish children a year about Judaism. The first of this academic year’s cohort were treated to a tour of the Jewish Military Museum in Hendon, before enjoying a delicious kosher lunch. Read More

Public Affairs Volunteer(s) wanted
by The Board posted in General Interest

We are looking for a high calibre Public Affairs volunteer. Read More

Fair Chanukah Fayre
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Grow Tatzmiach Project supports an incredible grassroots project which allows people to have a green and affordable gift buying experience. There will be stalls, music and wonderful sustainable Chanukah gifts that are good for the earth. Read More

Learning the Aleph Bet of Biblical Hebrew with other faiths
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

If you would like to learn the foundation text of organised religion - the Hebrew Bible - with members of the Christian and Muslim faiths then the Board’s six week course is perfect for you. Read More

Board of Deputies Plenary 11am Sunday streamed live here
by The Board posted in Community

Watch the Board Plenary at 11am on Sunday October 20 Read More

God & Government: A British Perspective
by Guest posted in General Interest

Guest blogger Zaki Cooper writes about the relationship between our community and Westminster. In a wider context, there has been a growth in the importance of faith in the British political system in the last 15 years, despite Alistair Campbell’s famous remark about ‘not doing God’. In particular, we as a community have benefited from the friendship of successive Prime Ministers, and it’s interesting to reflect on the influence of faith on their outlooks and tenures. Read More

The day Arsenal announced a Kosher lunch
by Laurence Brass posted in General Interest

Judge Laurence Brass writes about the day he was called to lunch at Blooms during an Arsenal match. Judge Brass provided the anecdote to the Jewish Museum as part of its new Four Four Jew exhibition. Read More

Joint statement from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Methodist Church
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Joint statement from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Methodist Church. Read More

Conference season shows that regions bring much to the Party
by Laura Marks posted in General Interest

London may house the majority of British Jewry but our strength lies in our national reach and our ability to stand up and be counted in every corner of the UK. As the Yiddish Proverb says, “it is not good to be alone even in Paradise” and bringing our community together is a key part of my role as Community Issues Division chair. Read More

Statement about the death of the great Sephardi spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement about the death of the great Sephardi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing October 2 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read our Community Briefing for the latest news affecting UK Jewry. Read More

Party Conference 2013 - A Board\'s Eye View
by The Board posted in Defence

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Board of Deputies Community Briefing
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for all the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Limmud and the Board: Education at the heart of what we do
by The Board posted in Education

Deputy for World Jewish Relief and co-Chair of Limmud Conference, Richard Verber blogs about the central role Limmud, and the Board, play in UK Jewry. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for all the latest news affecting UK Jewry. Read More

Speaking up for Israel
by The Board posted in General Interest

I first spoke up for Jews in the 1950s at the age of about eight when I confronted my paternal grandmother, a fanatical Irish republican, about the photograph of Hitler at the bottom of her bed. “What about the Jews, Granny?” I asked. “British propaganda,” she replied. Fortunately my parents thought she was a lunatic, but I reckon I owe to her my early revulsion against violent Irish nationalism, Anglophobia and anti-Semitism. Read More

Updated statement on use of the Y-word
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board has issued an updated statement on the use of the Y-word at football matches. Read More

Board delighted that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will be attending Limmud
by The Board posted in Education

We are delighted that our new Chief Rabbi will be participating in the Limmud Conference. His presence at UK Jewry’s most successful and dynamic cross communal event elevates it still further, and we are greatly looking forward to hearing him speak there. Read More

Let’s forget opposition supporters. Even as a term of endearment, Yid Army is offensive
by The Board posted in Defence

Tottenham’s late great captain Danny Blanchflower famously refrained that “The Game is about Glory”. At its best, of course, it is. There is another part to football, however, and that is the far less beautiful language used by fans. Last week the Football Association took the laudable step of announcing that it considers the use of the term “Yid” (Yiddish for Jew, but often used against Jews as a form of abuse) to be an offensive term at football grounds Read More

Communal support grows for limiting all male panels
by The Board posted in Community

The Women in Jewish Leadership campaign to highlight the recurrent issue of all-male panels at communal events, where women are routinely overlooked, is gathering momentum. Read More

Statement about the decision by the Football Association to define the Y- word as an offensive term
by The Board posted in Defence

We welcome the decision by the Football Association to define the use of the ‘Y’- word (meaning “Yid”, the Yiddish for a Jew) at football matches as an offensive term. Read More

Board reaction to horrific suspected murder of a Bahai in Iran
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Our statement on the suspected murder of a member of the Bahai faith in Iran on Saturday. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news affecting UK Jewry. Read More

Rosh Hashanah message from the President
by The Board posted in General Interest

This last year, 5773, has been a challenging but a successful one for the Board, and for the community we represent. Apart from the huge range of work carried out by the Board, defending the community\'s rights and promoting its vitality, we have also been engaged in a radical internal restructuring. We have already seen exciting improvements in our ability to deliver our message to government and to different sectors of the community. We are especially grateful for the contribution of our extremely dedicated staff, both past and present, and our 280 Deputies. Read More

Appearance on Radio Derby
by The Board posted in Defence

For our views on a crazy golf exhibition in Derby which includes a hole featuring Adolf Hitler in which he salutes and exclaims nein, nein, nein!, scroll to 1 hour and 47 min into the link of the BBC Radio Derby programme of August 29. Read More

Statement on the alleged arson attack on an Islamic Centre in Harlow, Essex
by The Board posted in Defence

We were shocked to hear of the senseless and violent attack on an Islamic Centre in Harlow, Essex. On behalf of the Jewish community we wish to express our solidarity with the Muslim community at this time. Read More

Statement on tragic deaths in Syria
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement on the tragic deaths in Syria this morning, which were possibly due to the use of chemical weapons Read More

Fighting against Co-op boycott of Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Local communities and pro Israel support groups have been petitioning their local Co-op stores to urge the supermarket chain to bin their boycott policy regarding Israel. What started in Northern Ireland, with petitions there gaining over 600 signatures, has been taken up in various parts of Great Britain as well. Read More

Board\'s new edition of Jewish calendar and festivals up to 2019
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board of Deputies has published a new edition of its calendar of Jewish festivals and holy days, covering the period up to 2019. Read More

Communities Partnership Project list of local services for High Holidays in small Jewish communities.
by The Board posted in Community

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Over 25 MPs and Lords back APPG on British Jews
by The Board posted in General Interest

We are delighted to announce that in just three days - during Parliamentary recess - we have already received 25 pledges from Parliamentarians to sign up to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews. Twenty is the number required to set up an APPG. Read More

My Exeter Journey
by Sara Younger posted in Education

Sara Younger, Education Policy and Projects Manager writes about her experiences at Exeter Jewish Community\'s 250th celebrations. Read More

Board of Deputies to serve as Secretariat of new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews
by The Board posted in Community

The Board of Deputies is to serve as the secretariat of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, an initiative which will seek to broaden connections between Parliament and the UK Jewish community. Read More

BDS continues to fail as Eric Burdon arrives in Israel


Public Affairs Officer Joseph Moses writes about Eric Burdon\'s arrival in Israel and the continuing failure of the boycott movement Read More

Israeli Minister shows strategy and intelligence in visit to London
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

More often or not Israeli ministers flit in and out of London without really engaging with the Jewish community or the broader public. That could not be said of former finance minister now minister for strategic and intelligence affairs Yuval Steinitz. In a wide ranging visit to London Steinitz met with William Hague and Britain’s new chief of defence staff Sir David Houghton as well as other officials. He also took time out to brief community leaders. Read More

Shooting of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement on the shooting of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov Read More

Op-ed on Hezballah in the Jerusalem Post
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Chairman of our International Division writes in the Jerusalem Post about the decision by the EU to proscribe the military wing of Hezbollah. Read More

Reaffirming our support to the Muslim community in the fight against racial hatred
by Vivian Wineman posted in Defence

The planting of bombs in places of worship such as at the Aisha Mosque in Walsall and the Wolverhampton Central Mosque is truly shocking. We reiterate our community’s consistent condemnation of expressions of hatred and violence against the Muslim community. Read More

Jewish Way of Life Exhibition lights up Exeter 250 celebrations
by The Board posted in Education

Nearly 100 people packed into the Guildhall in Exeter city centre for the launch of The Jews of Exeter, written by Author Helen Fry. It was also the inauguration of the week long Jewish Way of Life Exhibition. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 24.7.13
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for all the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Claims Conference\'s two parallel universes
by Vivian Wineman posted in General Interest

The Board of Deputies was represented at the meeting of the recent Claims Conference in New York, and as Vivian Wineman explains, we stressed that the wonderful work and expanding remit of the Conference needs to be matched by more efficient and transparent internal governance. Read More

Congratulations on the royal birth
by The Board posted in Community

We wish a hearty Mazel Tov to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of a baby boy. Read More

Board welcomes decision by EU to classify military wing of Hizballah as terrorist organisation
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board welcomes the decision by the European Union to classify the military wing of Hizballah as a terrorist organisation. We now call on EU Member States to follow the example of France, the Netherlands, Israel, Canada and the United States to take the next logical step and proscribe Hizballah\'s political wing as well. Read More

Statement on David Ward
by The Board posted in Defence

Statement following the news that David Ward MP has had the whip withdrawn for two months, largely over the Parliamentary recess. Read More

Speaking the same language to Government
by Laura Marks posted in Education

Our Senior Vice President Laura Marks explains how the Government U-turn over proposals to make the teaching of one of a narrow range of foreign languages for 7-11 year olds compulsory, followed months of communal campaigning; and why the community needs to continue to work together in speaking up for faith issues at schools. Read More

Board of Deputies meeting with Polish Ambassador to the UK concerning Shechita
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We met today with the Polish Ambassador to the UK to express our deep concern about last Friday’s vote in the Sejm – the Polish Parliament – to rule religious slaughter without pre-stunning incompatible with other animal welfare legislation, a verdict that we dispute. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 17.7.13
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest on the news affecting the UK Jewish community Read More

Board welcomes Liverpool Care Pathway review
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board’s Medical Ethics expert Professor David Katz has welcomed changes to end of life guidelines following the publishing of the Liverpool Care Pathway review this week. Read More

Board backs inclusion message as Mitzvah Day Together launches
by Press Office posted in Community

Mitzvah Day Together, Mitzvah Day’s important new inclusion initiative, launched at a breakfast reception this week jointly hosted with the Board of Deputies, to recognise the crucial role that people with any type of disability can play in social action volunteering. Read More

Statement on comments by Sir Bob Russell MP
by The Board posted in Defence

Sir Bob Russell, a Liberal Democrat MP, has made the utterly offensive claim that the systematic murder of six million Jews is comparable to the life of Palestinians since 1948. Read More

Statement about Polish legislature banning Shechita
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board strongly condemns the banning of Shechita and Halal by the Polish legislature. It runs contrary to much of the positive work undertaken by successive Polish governments to build positive relations with Jewish communities around the world. Read More

Board seeks experienced Strategic Communications and Marketing Advisor
by The Board posted in General Interest

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Strategic Communications and Marketing Advisor. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 10 July 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest on news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Overhaul of Coroner Services major boost to community
by The Board posted in Defence

A major overhaul of Coroner Services in England and Wales has been welcomed by the Board of Deputies. The reforms will come into effect on 25th July, and aim to “put the needs of bereaved people at the heart of the coroner system, for coroner services to continue to be delivered locally but within a new national framework of standards and with national leadership, and for a more efficient and transparent system of investigations and inquests”. Read More

Wheels of community volunteering keep on turning
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

The Board President Vivian Wineman took part in the London to Brighton bike ride and explains how bike rides are now competing with dinners as a way of raising money for charity, and while not as lucrative are certainly healthier and a lot more fun. Read More

Statement on the Department for Education’s decision not to go ahead with making a prescribed list of languages statutory
by The Board posted in Education

The Department for Education has decided not to go ahead with making a prescribed list of languages statutory as part of Key Stage 2 curriculum changes. In a letter to our President Vivian Wineman, the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove wrote that, We have noted the concerns expressed by organisations such as the Board of Deputies that it could narrow the scope of language teaching in primary schools. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 3 July 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news on the UK Jewish community. Read More

Buy Israeli Goods week: Why it is time to show pride
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

There is a debate raging on about the rights and wrongs of Buy Israeli Goods week (July 1-7). There are two points of view being expressed, with very little common ground. Some swear blind by medjool dates. Others are very much sticking to pickled olives. This is not just internecine Zionist warfare in the shopping aisles; friends with little or no interest in Israel are wading in to make their preferences. Read More

Educating 50 DfE staff about our faith ethos
by The Board posted in Education

As part of the the Faith Group, which we attend regularly, we were asked by the DfE to give them a training event to explain the Jewish Faith to its staff. The aim was to assist them with their work and inform them about Religious practice, offer an understanding about different traditions, and finally how this is reflected in the ethos’ of Jewish Schools. Read More

Board of Deputies of British Jews Statement on comments by Turkish Deputy PM about Jewish diaspora
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Board of Deputies Statement on comments by Turkish Deputy PM about the Jewish diaspora. Read More

Board President elected Co-Chair of Inter Faith Network UK
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board is delighted to announce that its President, Vivian Wineman, was this week elected Co-Chair of the Inter Faith Network for the UK. This is the umbrella organisation that represents the major faith bodies in the United Kingdom. Read More

Why Brent Council Should boycott itself
by Natan Levy posted in Israel and Abroad

As Brent Council turns its attention to solving the Israel-Palestine Impasse, in a proposed motion that was not debated following advice from its own lawyers, Rabbi Natan Levy suggests it might be time for Brent to get its own town in order. Read More

Young Ambassadors making the case for more RE
by Press Office posted in Education

Young Ambassadors spoke eloquently this week about the importance of Religious Education at a reception of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education. Read More

Latest Board statement on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer
by Press Office posted in Defence

Board statement on the decision by the Home Office to bar Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from entering Britain due to their plans to speak at an EDL rally in London this weekend. Read More

Board Of Deputies Community Briefing 26 June 2013
by The Board posted in Community

For all the latest news in the UK Jewish community Read More

90 years young
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

The Presidents Conference was a two day celebration of evergreen Israeli President Shimon Peres. Our Defence chair Jonathan Arkush discusses what went on at the conference. Read More

Statement on US bloggers planning to attend Woolwich EDL march
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board of Deputies shares with the CST and American Jewish communal bodies including the Anti-Defamation League the very strong and longstanding concerns about the views of people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who are planning to attend the Woolwich EDL march. Read More

South London Deputies getting Closer to Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

South London Deputies explain how they are working tirelessly to ensure that their activities tie in with the Closer to Israel 65 project. Read More

A Celebration of Judaism in Derby
by Guest posted in Education

Catherine James organised a hugely successful Celebration of Judaism day in Derby with the help of our Education department and local SACRE reps. Our highly regarded Jewish Way of Life Exhibition was part of the day\'s celebrations. Read More

Wishing President Peres a happy 90th birthday
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Today is the start of the President\'s Conference in Jerusalem. Our vice president Jonathan Arkush is attending and will report back to us next week. Please see President Peres\' speech. We wish him a hearty Mazel tov on turning 90 and praise him for being the most wonderful statesman Israel could ask for! We had the honour of meeting him when our President and Honorary Officers were in Israel in January. Read More

Norwich High enjoys Seeing Jewish Life
by The Board posted in Education

It has become an annual part of the Norwich High calendar- the summer trip to north London to participate in a Jewish Way of Life Tour. The 60 girls were given a tour of Finchley United Synagogue, including viewing the ornate ark, bimah and sefer torah, before being addressed by Belmont Deputy Hermann Hirschberger MBE who spoke about arriving on the Kindertransport and his life in the UK. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 19 June 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read all the latest news in the UK Jewish community. Read More

Board launches female mentoring scheme
by Guest posted in General Interest

Joint chairs of our Women\'s Group Jackie Naftalin and Noemi Zell write about the newly established mentoring scheme. Launched on Sunday, with a keynote address by Luciana Berger MP, this blog outlines the objectives of the scheme, with the hope - and expectation - that female Deputies will take an even more active role at the Board. Read More

Statement on tragic death of Dr Dena Coleman
by Press Office posted in Community

The Board of Deputies expresses its deep sadness at the sudden and untimely passing of Dr Dena Coleman. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 12.6.13
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for the latest news on the Jewish community. Read More

Confronting anti-Semitism effectively
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Defence

Defence Division Chair Jonathan Arkush writes about attending the recent Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem, which included participants from 50 countries. They included Jewish community leaders, political figures, academics and experts on what has justifiably been termed “the world’s longest hatred”. Read More

Board of Deputies reaction to apparent comment made by Patrick Mercer MP
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board views with deep concern the remark apparently made by Patrick Mercer, MP for Newark, that an Israeli woman soldier looked like a “bloody Jew”. Read More

Working with Fire Brigade chiefs on faith issues
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board\'s Interfaith Consultant Rabbi Natan Levy has consulted on Faith and Fire, an update to the booklet Working with Diverse Communities produced by the East of England Fire Services Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 5 June 2013
by The Board posted in Community

This week\'s Board of Deputies Community Briefing for all this week\'s news and views from the UK Jewish community Read More

Board response to suspected violent attack on Islamic Centre in Barnet
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board of Deputies was shocked to hear of the suspected senseless and violent attack on the Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill, Barnet. Read More

Consensus of moderation more important than ever post-Woolwich
by Vivian Wineman posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The appalling atrocity in Woolwich has been followed by waves of senseless attacks on Muslims and their religious buildings. Thus, argues Vivian Wineman, the need for a consensus of moderation is more important than ever. Read More

Church groups gather at the Board in support of Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Last week the Board hosted a gathering of 16 senior leaders from various churches across London and beyond gathered to engage with Jewish religious and lay leaders to express solidarity for Israel and the Jewish people. Read More

The Board of Deputies condemns in the strongest terms the vile acts of graffiti and vandalism committed against the Dormition Abbey of Jerusalem
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns in the strongest terms the vile acts of graffiti and vandalism committed against the Dormition Abbey of Jerusalem and its property. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 29.5.13
by The Board posted in General Interest

Read all the latest news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

BODSAs place in this Green and Pleasant Land
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Following ten years of innovative and devotional stewardship of Board of Deputies\' Social Action (BODSA) Neville Sassienie (Deputy for the Movement for Reform Judaism) is stepping down. Please read his thoughts. Read More

The Board of Deputies of British Jews – Public Affairs Officer (Domestic)
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a highly motivated individual to work as our Public Affairs Officer (Domestic). Read More

Joint project with the Council for Christians and Jews
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Read about our project with the Council for Christian and Jews on the Scriptural Study for Curates and Jewish Students. Read More

Statement following barbaric Woolwich murder
by The Board posted in General Interest

Statement following barbaric Woolwich murder Read More

Andrea Kelmanson appointed Interim Chief of Operations
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board has appointed Andrea Abigail Kelmanson as an Interim Chief of Operations. An experienced Management Consultant specialising in Strategic Organisational Development for not for profit organisations, she will take up the post from next week. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 22 May 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this week\'s Community Briefing for all the latest Jewish News. Read More

A win-win initiative for Israel and its Arab citizens


Dr Alice Wood, Director of the UK Task Force, writes about Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, a senior Israeli economist, who was in London to give a lecture at an event to mark the third anniversary of the UK Task Force, a coalition of thirty-three organisations (of which the Board of Deputies is a founding member) working to increase positive engagement on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 14 May 2013
by The Board posted in Community

For all the latest news on the UK and international Jewish world. Read More

In-coming Public Affairs Director announced
by The Board posted in General Interest

The Board is delighted to have obtained the services of Philip Rosenberg, an outstanding professional in the community, who brings to his post a considerable intellect, an engaging personality together with massive energy and enthusiasm. Read More

Vital conversations along the Danube at the WJC Plenary
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

International Division Chair Alex Brummer writes about the 14th World Jewish Congress Plenary in Hungary Last week, and a chance conversation along the River Danube that brought home the threat facing the Jewish community there. Read More

Update on the Complaint made by the Board of Deputies regarding Rev Sizer
by The Board posted in Defence

The Board\'s Complaint regarding Rev Sizer has moved through the initial stages of the Church\'s procedure. The matter is now going through Conciliation. Read More

3 great reasons for an anti-Jewish screed
by Natan Levy posted in Israel and Abroad

Fascinating blog by our Interfaith Consultant Rabbi Natan Levy on Church of Scotlands Inheritance of Abraham? report. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 8 May 2013
by The Board posted in Community

For all this weeks domestic and international Jewish news. Read More

Calling everyone who wants to deepen their relationship with Israel this 65th anniversary year!
by Laura Marks posted in Israel and Abroad

Laura Marks writes about the exciting developments around Closer to Israel, a community-wide project calling on UK Jewry to actively set up events and promote causes which bring us closer to Israel following her 65th Birthday. The Board is taking a lead role alongside the UJIA in running the initiative. Read More

World Jewish leaders meet in Budapest
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

This year in a break from tradition the World Jewish congress held their conference the 14th in their history in Budapest. Generally now the conferences are held in Jerusalem the spiritual centre of the Jewish people as well as the capital of the country with the largest Jewish community in the world. This year however the WJC chose Budapest after consulting with the Hungarian community as a gesture of solidarity in the face of the increasing threat of anti-Semitism which they are facing. Read More

Statement about stabbing to death of Israeli father in West Bank
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Statement from our President about the stabbing to death of an Israeli father in the West Bank this morning. Read More

1974 - the year I faced Thatcher in Finchley
by Laurence Brass posted in General Interest

1974 was an unusual year in British politics: the February election failed to produce a majority for the first time since WW2, so by the end of the year voters were sent to the polls again. Our Treasurer Judge Laurence Brass was right in the middle of things: tasked with winning Finchley against Education Minister Margaret Thatcher. It was also the year when he began a near 40 year career as a Deputy. Read More

Statement following alleged comments made by UKIP local election candidate Anna-Marie Crampton
by Press Office posted in Defence

Following comments allegedly made by UKIP local election candidate Anna-Marie Crampton the following statement has been issued Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 24 April 2013
by Press Office posted in Community

For all the latest on the news affecting the UK Jewish community. Read More

Reflections on Margaret Thatcher funeral
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

The Board President writes about attending the funeral of Margaret Thatcher and, fittingly at the burial of a great friend of the community, finds Jewish connections. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 17 April 2013


For all the latest news on the Jewish community here and abroad Read More

Land of the Queen of Sheba


Board Vice President Jonathan Arkush reflects on a recent visit to Ethiopia, and talks about what he learned on the trip, and how this is especially pertinent in light of Yom Ha\'atzmaut this week. Read More

Yom HaAtzmaut


The Board of Deputies sends our warmest best wishes to the people of Israel on the 65th anniversary of their independence. We are proud of all of your positive achievements and pray for the peace of all Israelis and their neighbours. Read More

Top Marks for Bnai Brith awards in Bushey
by The Board posted in Community

When Senior Vice-President Laura Marks came to Bushey Golf Club as Bnai Brith Speaker of the Year, she found a packed hall and an appreciative audience, to hear her dissertation, Lady on the Ladder. Read More

How the Board found historic Sefer Torah new home
by Colin Spanjar posted in Education

The Community Issues Director of the Board Colin Spanjar takes you through an amazing journey in which he was given the task of investigating the origins of an historic 300 year old Sefer Torah, that was discovered in a Kensington flat. Thanks to Colin it now has a new home in a top Jewish school. Read More

Lord Sacks:The Nazis tried to destroy our souls. They failed.
by The Board posted in Community

This years Yom HaShoah national commemoration, organised by Yom HaShoah UK and the Board of Deputies was deeply stirring. Nearly 500 community members heard addresses from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Holocaust survivor, and Deputy for 45 Aid Society, Ben Helfgott at the Hyde Park ceremony. Read More

Board of Deputies statement on the death of Lady Thatcher
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

Board of Deputies President Vivian Wineman pays tribute to Lady Thatcher on her sad passing at the age of 87. Read More

Addressing the Vaniks
by Vivian Wineman posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Yesterday President Vivian Wineman gave a talk to the National Council of Vanik Associations in the UK. Vaniks are the merchant caste among the Hindus although many of its members are in fact Jains. The subject they wanted to hear about was social cohesion and what they could do to contribute to it. Read More

Board Interfaith and Social Action Consultant launches course
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Boards Interfaith and Social Action Consultant Rabbi Natan Levy is soon starting a course on the modern applications of the Jewish Sabbatical year, when the land of Israel gets a year of rest. Read More

Pesach message from the President
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

As we approach Pesach it is natural to look back over the last six months. Unsurprisingly, these have been eventful ones both for the Board and the community. The Boards work has two main aspects; first the protection and defence of Jewish life and practice in this country, and on the other hand, the promotion of the vitality of the community. In both areas the Board has been particularly active. Read More

Salonika -The Jerusalem of the Balkans facing the past and the future
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Last Sunday marked the seventieth anniversary of the deportation and subsequent murder of the Jews of Salonika. Accordingly a ceremony to mark the event was organised in Salonika last Sunday by the World Jewish Congress. The Board\'s President Vivian Wineman writes about it. Read More

Address by Deputy to Norwich Clive Roffe
by The Board posted in Community

Clive Roffe, Deputy to Norwich Hebrew Congregation, was instrumental in ensuring that Tuesday\'s historic burial of the skeletons of 17 bodies found in a well in Norwich, in all probability Jewish, finally happened, 800 years after their deaths. The work of Clive, in coordination with the Board staff, and the local church, made the burial possible. Read More

Address by Bishop David Gillett at the Burial of Medieval citizens in Norwich
by Guest posted in Community

Bishop David Gillett, honorary assistant bishop and interfaith Adviser in the Diocese of Norwich, shares his eulogy at this weeks historic Jewish burial of the remains of 17 bodies found in 2004 in a well in Norwich, dating back 800 years. Although DNA testing cannot ascertain for certain they were Jewish, it was felt by halachic authorities, contacted by the Board, that there was sufficient chance to merit a Jewish burial. Read More

The cruel cut of the progressive-Christian boycott
by Natan Levy posted in Israel and Abroad

Heres a quiz for you readers: Before boycotting West Bank settlement goods in 2011, when was the last time the UK branch of the Quakers, or Society of Friends as they prefer to be titled, decided to implement a boycott? As the Board\'s Interfaith Consultant Rabbi Natan Levy explains, one has to travel back in history for the answer... Read More

2033 vision: How will we look in 20 years?
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Community

The Boards Defence Division Chair Jonathan Arkush was crystal ball gazing last week as he addressed Harrow Limmud on the subject of how UK Jewry will look in 20 years time. Read More

Statement on alleged comments made by Lord Ahmed
by The Board posted in Defence

Following press reports of alleged comments by Lord Ahmed we have issues a statement in response. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 13 March 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world Read More

Miliband event delights Jewish audience
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

The Board was delighted to host a packed evening with Ed Miliband last night with our media partners the Jewish News. A total of 300 people from across the Jewish community attended a 90 minute event at the Royal College of Surgeons, which included a moving speech about Ed\'s family history and his vision for the United Kingdom should he become Prime Minister in 2015. Read More

Iran talk fails to dampen AIPAC spirits
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

Washington played host this week to the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which was attended by a record 13,000 participants from every state in the US, and a number from other countries, including our very own Chief Executive Jon Benjamin and Defence Division Chair Jonathan Arkush, who blogs here. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 6 March 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world Read More

Israel water progress good for all
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Israels success in desalination means there are now three substantial plants under operation in providing for 25% of her water needs with another two in prospect which will raise the total provided in this way to 50%. Israel moreover is a world leader in desalination. This is a good news story as Vivian explains in his insightful blog Read More

Ed Miliband to address the Board
by The Board posted in Community

The Right Honourable Ed Miliband, the leader of Her Majestys Opposition, will be addressing Deputies at a Central London venue on Thursday March 7, starting at 6.45pm. It will include a questions and answers session. If you havent already booked your place, please email info@bod.org.uk. Read More

Celebrating with Christians on Purim
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

Deputy Steven Jaffe had an unusual Purim night- celebrating Israel in a London church! He explains, where, how and why in a revealing blog. Read More

Statement over piecemeal Lib Dem action on Ward
by Press Office posted in Community

We regard the lack of action taken by the Lid Dems over David Ward MP as deeply concerning. Please read our joint statement. Read More

No ordinary day in Israel
by Laura Marks posted in Israel and Abroad

Our Senior Vice President Laura Marks writes a retrospective about her trip to Israel last week. Read More

Board condemns anti-Israel incidents on campus in Oxford and Essex
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board has released a statement following anti-Israel incidents at Christ Church college, Oxford and on Essex University campus. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 20 February 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world Read More

Meeting Peres a priceless window into Israel of now and then
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Our meetings with Stanley Fischer and Shimon Peres today were both deeply informative and inspiring. Read More

Learning a lot in Lod
by Laurence Brass posted in Israel and Abroad

Our F&O Chair Laurence Brass blogs about day two of the UK Task Force visit to Israel to explore the issues facing her Arab citizens. The day began with a visit to the tomb of Englands patron saint, St. George, in a remote corner of the city of Lod. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 13 February 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Jaffa shows way ahead
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Our International Division Chair Alex Brummer writes about his experiences visiting the beautiful port city of Jaffa as part of the UK Task Force, in which British- Jewish community leaders are spending four days learning about minority and interfaith projects in Israel. Our President Vivian Wineman, Senior Vice President Laura Marks and Finance and Organisation Chair Laurence Brass are also on the trip. Read More

Board encouraged at Ebac announcement
by The Board posted in Education

We applaud the Government for deciding not to go ahead with plans to replace GCSEs with the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC). Read More

Removing labels: Learning disabilities in the Jewish Community
by Guest posted in Community

As a society we can become fixated on labels, we assign a label to a person and often assume that it defines them. In a special guest blog, we find out about a charity that helps counter these stereotypes. Read More

Board attends Multi- faith celebration
by Laura Marks posted in Interfaith and Social Action

We recently enjoyed a charity inter-faith dinner at the Muslim Community and Education Centre at the Palmers Green Mosque. Guests included Lord Shaikh of Cornhill, and the Minister for Integration. Read More

Board reaction to Pope Benedict retirement
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

We have enjoyed a very good relationship with the Catholic Church both under John Paul II and Pope Benedict. We hope and expect this to continue when Pope Benedict\'s successor is announced. Read More

Statement on KS2 languages consultation report
by The Board posted in Education

Please read our statement on Government proposed changes to language teaching at Key Stage 2 Read More

Meeting with Liberal Democrat Chief Whip over David Ward
by The Board posted in Community

The Board met with the Lib Dem Chief Whip today to discuss the community\'s outrage at the continued defiance by David Ward despite his censure. Read More

Thy Fearful Symmetry-The New Language of Nazification of Israel
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The suffering of the Jews in the Holocaust is increasingly being used as a stick in which to beat Israel- and Jews- today. As well as being deeply hurtful and misguided, it may tell us something about the psyche of some of those who seek to make that link. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 6 February 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Joint statement about Hizballah
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Bulgarian investigators have confirmed that two individuals with links to Hizballah were involved in the bus suicide bomb, that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver at Burgas airport on 18 July, 2012. Read More

Murdoch apologises for grotesque cartoon
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Rupert Murdoch has apologised to the Board of Deputies in a letter, following the cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in the Sunday Times. Read More

HMD: facing the past and pondering its legacy
by Laura Marks posted in Education

Laura Marks, the Board\'s Senior Vice President, reflects on attending two Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies which reminded the hundreds of people in attendance that HMD is about remembering the past and pondering its legacy. Read More

Census snippets
by Daniel Vulkan posted in Research

Further results from the 2011 census have just been released, and we now have a breakdown of the religious makeup of England and Wales down to the ward level and lower. Read more about the findings by our Senior Researcher Daniel Vulkan. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 30 January 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Holocaust Memorial Day tainted by familiar concerns
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Defence

Our Defence Division Chairman Jonathan Arkush reflects that even on Holocaust Memorial Day all too uncomfortably familiar traits were present in the comments made by David Ward MP and the Sunday Times cartoon by Gerald Scarfe Read More

Board complaint sees Sunday Times relent
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Board President Vivian Wineman met the Sunday Times Editor Martin Ivens this afternoon along with other Jewish communal leaders. Mr Wineman said: I was pleased to a attend a meeting with the Acting Editor of the Sunday Times and his colleagues. The meeting showed a unified and effective community and we were gratified to see the positive response from the Sunday Times to the concerns of our community. Read More

Reasons to be fearful: one, two, three
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin, our International Division Public Affairs Manager, finds uncomfortably familiar traits are present in the comments made by David Ward MP and the Sunday Times cartoon by Gerald Scarfe. Read More

Board appalled by Sunday Times Cartoon, lodges complaint
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

We immediately lodged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission in response to the appalling cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in yesterday\'s Sunday Times. In depicting Benjamin Netanyahu bricking up Palestinians and using blood for mortar it is shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently antisemitic Arab press. Its use is all the more disgusting on Holocaust Memorial Day, given the similar tropes levelled against Jews by the Nazis. Read More

In memory of Miriam Feingold
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, our Director of Public Affairs, writes movingly about her mother in law Mera Feingold, a Survivor, who died just over a year ago. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 23 January 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Mother urgently seeks bone marrow donor
by Press Office posted in Community

Following on from our Guest Blog of the Week about the drive in the British Jewish community urging people to sign up to the bone marrow registry we carry another message about a family desperately seeking a match. Read More

No two days are the same in Community Issues Division
by Colin Spanjar posted in Education

Colin Spanjar, director of the our Community Issues Division, talks about the exciting and varied life at being centrally involved with all that is best about the Board. Read More

Board Votes to Play a Part in Global Hunger Project
by Press Office posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board of Deputies voted 113 to 65 to endorse the Grow Tatzmiach project to address the issue of world hunger. A total of 25 volunteers, including Deputies, will attend a training weekend next month which will enable them to embark on a food hunger project with any charity they choose. Read More

Tribute to Rev McCulloch after retirement


The Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch retired as Bishop of Manchester on Wednesday. He had been in post since 2002. It has a substantial and long-standing Jewish population and we thank Bishop Nigel for his tireless work to improve Jewish-Christian and wider interfaith relations. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 17 January 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Turning over stones
by Guest posted in Community

Guest blogger Naomi Tomlinson writes movingly about her fathers battle with blood cancer and the bone marrow transplant that saved his life - and her awareness campaign to get more members of the British Jewish community to register as donors. Read More

We must act to end political normalisation of racism
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

As extremist parties gain political traction across Europe, Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin argues that we can no longer sit idly by as minorities, including Jews, come under increasing pressure. Read More

Clarification of an inaccurate article in this weeks Jewish Chronicle
by Vivian Wineman posted in Interfaith and Social Action

This week the Jewish Chronicle ran an entirely inaccurate article regarding a meeting between the Board of Deputies and Oxfam GB. Board President Vivian Wineman clarifies exactly what happened at that meeting and explains the provisos which will guide Board participation in the Grow Tatzmiach social justice programme. Read More

Board meets Methodists and Anglicans in the Midlands
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Boards interfaith director Rabbi Natan Levy spent the day teaching Anglican and Methodist trainee ministers about Judaism, and its relationship with Christianity. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 9 January 2013
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Board helps to keep interfaith on the map
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Leading interfaith activist Fiyaz Mughal OBE writes about his role and the integral part the Board plays in interfaith work. Read More

Helping our coastal friends face stormy seas
by Steven Jaffe posted in Israel and Abroad

Steven Jaffe, the Boards consultant for community engagement with Israel, discusses his role in supporting Sussex Friends of Israel and the particular challenges which that group faces. Read More

Limmud provides opportunity to discuss our big challenges
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

Board Vice President and International Division Chair Alex Brummer reflects on Limmud Conference 2012, and the challenges the Jewish community faces against far-right groups across Europe Read More

Community Briefing 3 January 2013
by The Board posted in Community

This week\'s Community Briefing is the first of 2013 and features news and views from the Board, including our involvement at Limmud over the holidays. Read More

Board welcomes endorsement of non-invasive autopsy


The Board welcomes the publication of the report Can Cross-Sectional Imaging as an Adjunct and/or Alternative to the Invasive Autopsy be Implemented within the NHS? which recommends that minimal invasive autopsy facilities should be available nationally, and can be acceptable as a form of autopsy. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 19 December 2012


Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Detainment of four women at the Kotel


The Board was concerned to see that four women, including two British women aged eighteen, were detained for praying at the Kotel, Judaisms holiest site and we are relieved that they were quickly released without charge. Read More

Hebrew is more than a national language: It pierces our souls


Board Public Affairs and Policy Director Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko write about the integral part the Hebrew language plays in Jewish life Read More

Help to ensure Hebrew remains taught at Jewish primaries


Hebrew is under threat at Jewish schools after a Government consultation proposed leaving out modern and classical Hebrew from a list of compulsory languages to be taught at Key Stage 2. To see how you can help to prevent this from happening please read on. Read More

Board delighted at appointment of new Chief Rabbi
by Press Office posted in Community

The Board of Deputies is delighted to congratulate Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on his appointment as Chief Rabbi. The Board has enjoyed a close and warm relationship with Lord Sacks and we are confident that this will continue with his successor. Read More

Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown
by Press Office posted in General Interest

The Board of Deputies is shocked and saddened to hear of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read More

Board welcomes German Governments protection of Brit Milah
by Press Office posted in Defence

The Government of Germany is to be commended for fulfilling its promise to enact legislation that protects the Jewish communitys right to perform Brit Milah. This is a religious tenet to Jews which lies at the heart of our core values. The German Jewish community has welcomed the new legislation and we share its relief that the a government of Germany has now put the lawfulness of Brit Milah beyond doubt. Read More

Census reveals shifts in Jewish community
by The Board posted in Community

Data released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that while the Jewish population of the UK has remained stable over the past ten years, significant changes are taking place at local and regional levels. A joint report issued by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) provides a first look at what the 2011 census data tell us about the Jewish population of England and Wales. Read More

The public celebration of Chanukah
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

Board President Vivian Wineman comments on the very public nature of Chanukah celebrations this year, including Chanukah in the Square and a lighting at No.10 Downing Street. Read More

Preaching to the unconverted?
by Jon Benjamin posted in Community

Chief Executive Jon Benjamin considers the possible ramifications for the Jewish community of a ruling by the Charities Commission not to grant charitable status to a church in Devon under the public benefit test. Read More

Out of control: London BDS tweet antisemitic article
by Jamie Slavin posted in Defence

Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin highlights a tweet by the anti-Israel group London BDS promoting an antisemitic article, and asks why would the group have chosen to tweet such vitriolic antisemitism. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 5 December 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

BDS Own Goal: Footballers and the phantom signatures
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

As news emerges that several footballers who supposedly signed an anti-Israel petition never actually consented to their names being included, Jamie Slavin argues that this sad example typifies why cultural boycotts are simply destructive. Read More

Board Limmud line-up 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Its dark by 4pm; the heating is gradually cranking up a notch a week; and the ubiquitous early Christmas adverts are filling our TV screens. It can mean only one thingits nearly time for the annual Limmud Conference! Click here to see what sessions the Board will be involved in. Read More

Board reaction to upgrade of Palestinian status at UN
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies has consistently maintained that the best way to secure a lasting and just peace for Israelis and Palestinians is through direct negotiations between the two peoples. Unilateral steps, such as the one taken in New York last night to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer at the UN, increase mistrust and once again raise concerns as to whether the Palestinian Authority has any serious intention of negotiating directly with Israel; a concern reinforced by the inflammatory language chosen by President Abbas during his speech. As the British Government stated, a return to the negotiating table without preconditions is the surest way to advance the peace process and bring forward the day when both Palestinians and Israelis can live side by side in security and prosperity. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 28 November 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Jews and Christians join for day of dialogue on Middle East
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Last week 15 Rabbis and 15 members of the Christian clergy gathered together at St Petersburgh Place Synagogue London for a Jewish-Christian Day of Dialogue and Discussion on Israel, Palestine and the Middle East. Organised by the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews, the symposium was an opportunity for discussion of how those who care about what many refer to as the Holy Land, but are based in the UK, can contribute to a lasting peace for all people of the region. Read More

Interruptions and demonisation - there must be a better way
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

In this blog Jamie Slavin reflects on two experiences which brought into sharp focus the difficulties we face in the UK when discussing the situation facing Israelis and Palestinians, but also a distinct hope for a better way. Read More

Board outraged by calls for the creation of a list of Hungarian Jews
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is outraged by the call by a member of the Hungarian Jobbik Party for a list to be created of Jews who pose a national security risk. This directly echoes the measures taken by the wartime Fascist regime whose collaboration with the Nazis ultimately led to the deaths of over 600,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. It is pure antisemitism of the most disturbing kind. Read our full statement here. Read More

Board condemns antisemitic chanting at football match
by Press Office posted in Defence

The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by a section of West Ham United fans at yesterdays match against Tottenham Hotspur. Read More

Board looks forward
by The Board posted in Community

The Board of Deputies has commissioned Malcolm Wolf of Truepoint an experienced management consultant to run a scoping exercise to consider issues relating to the future development, structure and direction of the Board. This is in light of a changing landscape both inside and outside the community and a need, more than15 years after the last review to conduct a serious self-evaluation. The Board enters this process at the start of the new triennium with the enthusiastic involvement of the whole executive team. Read More

Board meets Communities Minister
by The Board posted in Community

Last week, Board of Deputies Senior Vice-President Laura Marks, Chief Executive Jon Benjamin, Public Affairs Officer Marcelle Palmer and a representative from the CST met with Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Click here to read more about the meeting. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 21 November 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

President welcomes Gilad Shalit to London
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Last Friday Board President Vivian Wineman and Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin attended a reception at the Israeli Ambassadors residence to thank the Board and other communal organisations for their contribution to the campaign to free Gilad Shalit. The guest of honour was Gilad Shalit himself. Click here to see photos! Read More

Board condemns terrorist attack in Tel Aviv
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies sadness regarding the current situation in Israel and Gaza is further compounded by the news this morning that terrorists have blown up a bus in Tel Aviv. Attacks such as this, targeting only civilians, remind us of why Israel needs to act in the self defence of her citizens. As British Jews we are reminded of the attacks against civilians in London in 2005 and the fear that these cause; our thoughts are with all those affected and we pray for a quick end to such atrocities. Read More

Israel under attack - No one should learn to live like this
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

As the first Hamas missile reached Tel Aviv last night, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko thinks back to her own experience of being under missile fire in Israel. Read More

Statement on current situation in Southern Israel and Gaza
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

This morning the British Jewish community awoke to the news of the death of three Israeli civilians in an indiscriminate missile attack against Kiryat Malachi. This deadly incident was the latest of hundreds of such attacks against one million Israeli citizens in Southern Israel over the last few weeks. Since the start of 2012 over 800 missiles have been fired by Hamas and other Gazan terror groups towards Israel, with 300 in the last week alone. All schools within a forty kilometre radius of Gaza have been closed. No country in the world would be expected to tolerate such attacks. Israel has a duty to protect her people and the Board of Deputies supports her right to do so. Read our full statement here. Read More

Reflecting on the Night of Broken Glass
by Colin Spanjar posted in Community

Colin Spanjar, Director of the Community Issues Divisions, reflects on the anniversary last week of the Night of Broken Glass and the lasting historical impact of those events. Read More

Board helps launch Mitzvah Day 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Last week the Board of Deputies organised the very first event of Mitzvah Day 2012 when Honorary Officers and staff visited Kerem School in North London. President Vivian Wineman, Senior Vice President Laura Marks and several members of the Boards professional team spent time helping the children with a range of activities. To read more and see some photos from the day, click here. Read More

Lessons to be learnt on a trip to Belfast
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

In this blog the Boards Interfaith Consultant, Rabbi Natan Levy, reflects on his recent trip to Belfast. He considers what lessons, if any, can be learnt from Northern Ireland to inform our approach to the Middle East. Read More

Board congratulates new Archbishop of Canterbury
by Press Office posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board of Deputies of British Jews congratulates the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Justin Welby, on his appointment as the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Read More

Board President elected as Chairman of the Council of the European Jewish Congress
by Press Office posted in General Interest

The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Vivian Wineman, has been elected to the position of Chairman of the Council of the European Jewish Congress following a vote in Brussels this week. Read More

The real meaning of never again
by Tzipporah Railly posted in General Interest

After a recent trip to Poland, the Boards Tzipporah Railly reconsiders her own thoughts on the Shoah and how we as individuals can help contribute to a more tolerant society. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 7 November 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

Dialogue dinner between Board and Christian group
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

On Monday night the Board of Deputies and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) met for a dinner of dialogue between the two organisations. The Honorary Officers, Chief Executive and Interfaith Consultant of the Board were joined by Trustees of CTBI representing many of the main Christian denominations across the British Isles. Read More

Addressing the challenge of localism
by Laura Marks posted in Community

The Boards Senior Vice President, Laura Marks, examines the challenges, and opportunities, posed to small Jewish communities by the move towards localism and reflects on the Boards efforts to address those challenges. Read More

Inspiration on two wheels
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

President Vivian Wineman reflects on a recent Norwood charity bike ride in Sri Lanka, and some of the inspiring individuals who took part. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 31 October 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

One Sizer doesnt fit all
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Defence

This week the Board submitted an official complaint to the Church of England regarding the Anglican Priest Revd Stephen Sizer. In this blog, Vice President Jonathan Arkush explains why the Board felt it had no choice but to take this action. Read More

Board issue disciplinary complaint against Anglican Priest
by Press Office posted in Defence

In a move believed to be without precedent in modern times, the Board of Deputies has lodged a formal complaint against Revd Stephen Sizer under the Church of Englands disciplinary process an Act of Parliament known as the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. The complaint is based on statements made by Revd Sizer that the Board regards as antisemitic and a series of instances where Revd Sizer has posted internet links to articles on racist and antisemitic websites. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 24 October 2012
by The Board posted in Community

Read this weeks Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. Read More

International community silent as rockets rain down on Israel
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Over 70 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza into Israel over the past 24 hours. Yet the voice of the international community is silent in an apparent double standard following international condemnation of Syrian attacks on Turkey only last week. Read More

Alls well that ends well
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko reflects on a job well done as a two year campaign culminates in the European Parliament passing legislation which will mean more affordable Israeli medicines for European citizens. Read More

European Parliament secures cheaper Israeli medicines for EU citizens
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

Yesterday evening, following a campaign by the Board of Deputies and partner organisations across Europe, the EU passed an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance (ACAA) with Israel. The decision by MEPs, by 379 votes to 230, with 41 abstentions, will guarantee that some of the leading drugs in the world, developed and produced by Israel, will now reach European patients quicker and at more affordable prices. Read More

If only Gilad Shalits freedom had changed the Middle East
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin reflects on the release of Gilad Shalit one year ago and considers the change it could have precipitated. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 17 October 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

The EU-Israel ACAA: This is no time for playing politics
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin, Public Affairs Manager, explains why the European Parliament must pass a piece of legislation which would provide more affordable Israeli medicines for EU citizens. Read More

Dialogue with Black Clergy
by Natan Levy posted in Interfaith and Social Action

This week the Board of Deputies hosted a dialogue between Rabbis and Black Clergy, a continuation of a long running process of engagement between the two faith groups during which race and faith sow the seeds of an intriguing dialogue. Click here to read more. Read More

Interfaith Sukkah crawl
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

This week the home of Rabbi Natan Levy, the Boards Interfaith Consultant, was the first stop on an interfaith Sukkah crawl organised by the Board and the Council of Christians and Jews. Read about the evening here. Read More

Vote, vote vote: Keeping out the people you definitely dont want running the police
by Marcelle Palmer posted in Defence

Public Affairs Officer Marcelle Palmer examines the danger of far right candidates benefiting from a low turn out in the upcoming elections for Police and Crime Commissioners. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 21 September 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

A brave decision on Israel from MEPs
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Following the decision of the European Parliament International Trade Committee to pass a piece of legislation forging stronger ties between the EU and Israel, Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin salutes the bravery of MEPs in the face of anti-Israel lobbying. Read More

Board expresses horror at terror attack in France
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies is horrified by the bomb attack yesterday at a Jewish shop in Paris. Read More

Rosh Hashana greeting from Board President
by Vivian Wineman posted in General Interest

Board President Vivian Wineman wishes you all a Shana Tovah, a happy and healthy New Year! Click here to read his full message, reflecting on the past year at the Board and what lies in store. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 12 September 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

Not So Sweet New Year
by Jon Benjamin posted in Community

Long before the shops start stocking up with New Year cards and gift baskets for the High Holy Days, the onset of Rosh Hashanah is marked at the Board by a flurry of enquiries from anguished members of the community. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 6 September 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More Read More

Greenbelt - The intensity that occurs in tents
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Rabbi Natan Levy, the Boards Interfaith and Social Action consultant, reflects on the intensity of focus on Israel at some Christian events. Read More

Statement on attack against Latrun Monastery
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews echoes the condemnation by the Israeli government of the recent price-tag attack on the historic Monastery at Latrun. Read More

The Co-op needs to remember its ethics
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin highlights that lack of ethics underpinning the Co-ops boycott of Israeli companies. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 29 August 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

Hi Everyone. Just to let you know that Sam/Josh/Sarah/Ruth got 3A* and an A, SO proud!
by Laura Marks posted in Community

The Board Senior Vice President Laura Marks reflects on educational achievement within the Jewish community and the need for sensitivity and understanding for those who dont reach expectations. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 22 August 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

Saluting our volunteers
by Laura Marks posted in Community

Senior Vice President Laura Marks salutes the thousands of volunteers who made the Olympics happen, and reflects on the importance of volunteering within the Jewish community. Read More

Rosh Chodesh, Eid ul Fitr and a mountain in Morocco
by Vivian Wineman posted in General Interest

Board President Vivian Wineman reflects on the new Jewish month, Rosh Chodesh Elul, and, because both religions use the lunar calendar, its concurrence with the end of Ramadan, marked by Eid ul Fitr. Read More

Modiin is not an illegal settlement!
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

In this guest blog, Simon Plosker dismisses the idea that the Israeli town of Modiin can be considered as being anywhere but sovereign Israel. Read More

The Man Who Saved My Life
by Guest posted in Defence

In this guest blog, former Deputy Agnes Grunwald-Spier marks the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg and pays tribute to the man who quite probably saved her life. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 8 August 2012
by The Board posted in Community

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

The Olympic Games A Model of Co-existence
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Public Affairs and Policy Director, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, is inspired by the co-existence demonstrated in the story of Chariots of Fire and the 2012 Olympic Games. Read More

Remember the stranger.....
by Jon Benjamin posted in Israel and Abroad

Not all of the Boards work is about the major stories of the day, the communal politics, the big issues. Sometimes its the little things that really count. In this blog the Boards Chief Executive Jon Benjamin explores one such case, an incredible story of how one woman found a safe haven in the UK, with the Boards help. Read More

Daf Yomi - A testimony to our resilience
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

The Board of Deputies President, Vivian Wineman, celebrates the resilience of the Jewish people, encapsulated in the idea of Daf Yomi - the process of learning one page of Talmud a day, completing the whole book in seven and a half years. Read More

Board of Deputies Community Briefing 1 August 2012
by The Board posted in General Interest

For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this weeks Community Briefing here. Read More

UKs Israel Envoy visits the Board
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

On Monday the Board of Deputies was delighted to welcome H.E Ambassador Matthew Gould, British Ambassador to the State of Israel, to the Board for an off the record briefing. Ambassador Gould met the Boards Honorary Officers, members of its International Division and professional staff. Read More

A misjudgement of Olympic proportions
by Jon Benjamin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Chief Executive, Jon Benjamin, reflects on the start of the London Olympics, the IOCs decision not to commemorate the murder of 11 Israeli atheletes in 1972 and looks forward to the official commemoration on 6 August organised by Israel. Read More

Bravo to the EU!
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin applauds the EUs decision to deepen cooperation with Israel across a range of policy areas, highlighting the fact that at a time when Europe faces more threats than ever before, it would be foolish to push away an important ally. Read More

The Church of England failed to live up to its responsibility
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Public Affairs Manager, Jamie Slavin, reflects on his experiences of the Church of Englands General Synod, at which a motion endorsing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel was passed. Read More

One Minute for Munich
by Laura Marks posted in Israel and Abroad

Laura Marks, Senior Vice President of the Board, reflects on why it is so important for the Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Games. Read More

Round up of the week at the Board
by The Board posted in General Interest

Read a round up of this week at the Board, including a meeting with the German Ambassador, good news regarding sanctions to stop Irans nuclear weapons programme and the Boards reaction to the terror attack against Israelis in Bulgaria. Read More

Board outraged by terrorist attack against Israelis in Bulgaria
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Today the Board of Deputies of British Jews, together with the people of Israel and World Jewry, mourns the death of seven innocent people, including six Israelis citizens, following a terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria. Read More

Results of Board Divisional Elections
by The Board posted in Community

On Sunday 15 July 2012 the Board held its Divisional elections. The Board consists of four Divisions covering each area of the Boards work - Finance and Organisation, Defence and Group Relations, Community Issues and International. Each Divisions work is informed by a committee consisting of twelve Deputies elected by their peers for a three year term and chaired by one of the Vice Presidents or Treasurer. Read More

Round up of the week at the Board
by The Board posted in Community

Read a round-up of the week at the Board, including our reaction to the Church of Englands decision to endorse EAPPI, a notable success at the Claims Conference and news of how you can watch the Boards Divisional elections from the comfort of your living room. Read More

Muhammad Ali, a Shofar and a Rabbi in pea soup
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Rabbi Natan Levy, the Boards Interfaith and Social Action Consultant describes the last few miles of the Rabbi Relay Ride, and the motivation that got him through them. Read More

Statement from the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The President of the Board of Deputies has released a statement following the Church of England General Synods endorsement of the EAPPI programme. Read the full statement here: Read More

Round up of the week at the Board
by The Board posted in General Interest

Read a round-up of the week at the Board, including our Vice President defending Brit Milah on Channel 4, an important intervention from the Chief Rabbi in our EAPPI campaign and an op-ed from our Chief Executive in the Jewish News. Read More

Cheaper medicines for all - pass the ACAA!
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

European citizens deserve the best medicines at the most affordable prices. By passing a simple piece of technical legislation, an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance, the European Parliament will give Europeans better and cheaper access to medicines produced by Israel, amongst the very best in the world. To find out how you can help ensure that the ACAA is passed, read on! Read More

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks deeply concerned by EAPPI motion
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has released a statement expressing deep concern regarding the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Read his full statement here. Read More

Board saddened by death of Yitzhak Shamir
by The Board posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews notes with sadness the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir at the age of 96. Read More

German court ruling on circumcision
by Press Office posted in Defence

The Board of Deputies is surprised and concerned that a regional court in Cologne has made comments suggesting that circumcision is an infringement of the rights of the child. Read More

Jewish Methodist Relations: Concerns Re-Surface
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Jonathan Arkush, the Boards Vice President, outlines his concerns regarding the potential impact on Jewish-Methodist relations of the Methodist Church abolishing its Inter Faith Relations Office Read More

Board statement on continued rocket attacks against Southern Israel
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns in the strongest of terms over 40 rocket and mortar attacks yesterday and overnight on innocent Israeli citizens in Southern Israel. Read More

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) Motion at General Synod 2012
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

A motion has been tabled at the Church Of Englands General Synod in York (10 July 2012) which seeks to formally adopt and deepen the Churchs links with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). This is a grave concern as EAPPI helps create a climate of hostility to Israel in churches. Find out more and what you can do to help here: Read More

Board concerned by decision to axe Jewish radio show
by Press Office posted in Community

The Board is most concerned about the proposal to axe the Jewish Hour on BBC Radio Manchester. Read More

Meeting with the AQA exam board
by Press Office posted in Education

Following the setting of a GCSE Religious Studies examination question asking Why some are people prejudiced against Jews? the Board of Deputies met with senior officials from the AQA Examination Board. Details of the meeting can be found here: Read More

An Attack on Co-Existence
by Laurence Brass posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Treasurer, Laurence Brass, responds to the price tag attack against the Israeli co-existence school Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam. Read More

Board condemns price tag attack on school
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns in the strongest terms the attack last night on the Neve Shalom Peace Village. Read More

World City: Refugee Stories, 20 June - 16 September 2012
by Press Office posted in General Interest

Read details of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum examining the experiences of refugees coming to London across nine decades. Read More

Who speaks for you?
by Marcelle Palmer posted in Community

Public Affairs Officer Marcelle Palmer considers what the Boards mandate to represent actually means. Read More

The Diamond Jubilee Service - Moving and respectful
by Vivian Wineman posted in General Interest

The Boards President, Vivian Wineman, reflects on the respect shown to non-Christian faith groups at the Jubilee Service at St Pauls Cathedral yesterday. Read More

Communal Levy: To give or not to give?
by Adam Joelson posted in Community

Every registered charity (as the Board is) normally has one key income stream, sometimes its fundraising activities, sometimes legacies. For the Board, its lifeblood is the communal levy. Read More

The Bard and the Boycotters
by Jonathan Arkush posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Vice President, Jonathan Arkush, celebrates an evening of culture, and pride, as Israeli theatre company Habima perform at the Globe Theatre in London. Read More

The challenges we will face
by Alex Brummer posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards new Vice President, and Chairman of the International Division, Alex Brummer, identifies the political and economic challenges which may shape attitudes towards Jews around the world. Read More

Abandoned but not forgotten: 11 year after the Dolphinarium bombing
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Jamie Slavin reflects on the impact of the Dolphinarium suicide bombing in Tel Aviv eleven years ago. Read More

Board announces new portfolios
by Press Office posted in Community

The new Honorary Officers of the Board have now officially taken up their roles, having been elected nearly two weeks ago. Find out what portfolios they have been allocated and their thoughts on the coming three years. Read More

Measure for Measure: Respect works both ways
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

The Boards Public Affairs and Policy Director, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, reflects on the irony that as Habimas performance in London is disrupted by protesters, a Palestinian theatre company based in Haifa, and directed by an Arab citizen of Israel known for his radical position against the legitimacy of the State of Israel, stages a play at the Bush Theatre but does not suffer the same lack of respect. Read More

Thoughts on a new triennial
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

It is exciting at the beginning of a new triennial to contemplate the opportunities and challenges ahead. I am delighted to have an excellent team of Honorary Officers and gratified also to be able to allocate to them the portfolios dealing with areas in which all of them have displayed both interest and aptitude. Read More

Good Religious Education should convey complexity not be limited by poorly worded exam questions
by Guest posted in Education

Racism can never be justified. Thats why when an exam question last week on a GCSE Judaism paper asked students to Explain briefly why some people are prejudiced against Jews it provoked such outcry from the Board of Deputies of British Jews among other community organisations. Read More

You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

How ironic - yesterday was Shavuot when we celebrated the story of Ruth - a woman who was a poor stranger in a strange land, who belonged to a people in conflict with the Jewish people, and yet was embraced by her Jewish mother-in-law Naomi, married Boaz and received one of the greatest honours ever bestowed upon a gentile in Jewish history - she became the great grandmother of King David! How different to the way in which we witnessed strangers living in the modern State of Israel being targeted only a couple of nights ago on the streets of Tel Aviv. Read More

Glorious Pasts and Hopeful Futures
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

As a London based organisation there is always a danger that the Board can be seen as being London centric. As someone whose roots are in the provinces I am particularly aware of this and of the extraordinary richness of the cultural life of some of our regional communities. I have been very keen therefore that Honorary Officers of the Board should visit such communities and I always enjoy doing so myself. This week I was in Liverpool and it takes a visit to that city to become aware of its extraordinarily rich history. Read More

Board Condemns Controversial GCSE Exam Question on Judaism
by Press Office posted in Defence

The Board of Deputies has strongly condemned a Religious Studies GCSE exam question which poses the question: Explain briefly why some people are prejudiced against Jews? Read More

A One Minute Silence for Munich
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The IOC have so far resisted direct call from the Israeli Government and others to show the simple decency of observing a minutes silence at the games in memory of the Israeli team members murdered 40 years ago in Munich in what was an attack on the Olympic ideal as well as a massacre of innocents. However, the calls for a minutes silence remain and MPs are being asked to sign Early Day Motion 100 in support. Read More

A Hidden Gem of Jewish Heritage
by Marcelle Palmer posted in Community

Plymouth synagogue is an important part of Jewish heritage in this country. It is the oldest still functioning Ashkenazi synagogue in the UK (indeed, in the English speaking world), and boasts a small but beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian building, which is well worth a visit. And last week marked the 250th anniversary of the founding of the synagogue. Read More

Results of Elections for Honorary Officers
by Press Office posted in Community

Elections for the Boards Honorary Officers were held on 20 May 2012. Read More

Election 2012: Watch the election live on-line
by Press Office posted in Community

On Sunday the Board will be holding elections for its Honorary Officers. Whilst our President and Treasurer are standing for re-election unopposed, we have five Vice President candidates competing for three positions. It should be a fascinating election, and you can watch it on-line! Read More

Board President holds meeting with Swiss Ambassador
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Vivian Wineman, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, has met with His Excellency Mr Anton Thalmann, the Swiss Ambassador to the UK, and Mr Urs Schmid, Deputy Head of Mission, to raise the communitys concerns regarding the Swiss Governments decision to issue visas to members of the terrorist group Hamas. Read More

The Co-Operatives policy on boycott - an Israeli response
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

The Co-op justifies its latest boycotting policies on broad international consensus. Here Noru Tsalic, an Israeli living in the UK, puts that concept under the spotlight in a letter to the Co-ops regional secretary, and asks whether the Co op is acting in a consistent and ethical manner. Read More

Election 2012: Vice Presidential Manifestos
by Press Office posted in Community

On 20 May 2012 the Board will be holding elections to decide its President, three Vice Presidents and Treasurer. Whilst the positions of President and Treasurer are uncontested, there are currently five candidates running for the three VP spots and the contest is generating a great deal of interest in the community. Read More

Israel trumps the recession!
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

At last months International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington (from which I recently returned) among the star turns was the governor of the Israeli central bank Stanley Fischer. A former deputy managing director of the IMF Fischer, a renowned MIT economist, was treated like a conquering hero by a gathering of policymakers, economists and senior journalists at a lunch convened by the Fund at headquarters a couple of city blocks from the White House. Read More

Benzion Netanyahu
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews extends deep condolences to the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu on the passing of his beloved father Benzion Netanyahu, who died early Monday morning at the age of 102. Read More

Yom Haatzmaut: Israel celebrates her 64th birthday
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Yesterday we shared in the sorrow of Israels fallen soldiers, bereaved families and victims of terror. From those depths of sadness, today we celebrate with joy and pride the outstanding achievements of the State of Israel and its people during their 64 years of independence. Read More

Health before hate: Why increased links to Israel are good for EU citizens
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

The motivation of those who advocate boycotts of Israeli goods, cultural events or academics is baffling. Many actually believe that they are somehow helping to promote peace, but how can driving a wedge between Israelis and Palestinians possibly be the best way to secure a better future for all. Even more bizarre is the idea that the best way to encourage peace is by denying European citizens the best medical care possible. And yet that is exactly what anti-Israel groups are currently trying to do. Read More

Olympics 2012: Inspiring a Generation
by Marcelle Palmer posted in Community

Inspire a Generation is the slogan for 2012 London Olympic Games, revealed this week as part of a burst of celebrations marking the 100 day final countdown to the start of the largest sporting event in Britain since 1948. Several events were scheduled to mark the occasion...But what is the Jewish community doing to create enthusiasm and publicity ahead of this exciting time for London? Read More

Yom HaShoah 2012: Owning and embracing the legacy


In recent years we have seen Salute to Israel, Mitzvah Day, We Believe in Israel and the Jewish Living Expo. These communal events show the collective spirit and impact that can be achieved when the UK Jewish community unite together to support an initiative or cause - but one event in our communal Calendar seems to have been neglected, and we must address this now before it is too late. Read More

Yom HaShoah 2012: A Personal Perspective
by Colin Spanjar posted in General Interest

For the last few years I have had the honour of attending many meetings of the Yom HaShaoh Executive, representing the Board of Deputies. The passion of those who sit at those meetings is incredible and when you have the privilege of sitting with someone like Ben Helfgott you begin to realise how important this day actually is... Read More

Yom HaShoah 2012: Alfreds Memories
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in General Interest

Ive recently returned from a trip to Israel with my husband, Andrew. One of the main purposes of the trip was to visit one of my husbands few surviving relatives on his mothers side, since almost the entire family was wiped out in Poland during the Holocaust. His mother, also a survivor, recently died, making the trip particularly poignant. We wanted to find out as much as possible about her early life in Poland. Read More

A French Encounter
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

Last Wednesday I attended a meeting between European Jewish Congress leaders and Mr Francois Hollande, the leader of the French Socialist Party and currently the favourite in the opinion polls for the forthcoming Presidential election. It was a fairly intimate meeting. The only attendees on our side, apart from EJC staff, were the President of the EJC Moshe Kantor, the leaders of the French and German communities and me. On the other side were Hollande himself and his campaign manager, Pierre Moscovici. Read More

Board Presidents Pesach Message
by Vivian Wineman posted in Community

Although it is only a couple of weeks since the last Presidential statement, which I issued immediately before the March Plenary, a great deal has happened in that time. Tragically the most dramatic event has been the massacre at Toulouse The murder of innocent people is naturally shocking, the murder of children even more so. Read More

On the Up? Jewish Community Statistics 2010
by Daniel Vulkan posted in Community

The Board of Deputies has just published Britains Jewish Community Statistics 2010. Whilst the 2011 census results, expected towards the end of this year, will provide a snapshot of the Jewish population, and a comparison with the 2001 census may indicate what changes there have been in the population over the intervening decade, it is only by looking in detail at life events (births, marriages, divorces and deaths) that we can get an idea of how those changes have occurred. Read More

National Yom HaShoah UK Commemoration
by Press Office posted in Community

A message from Yom HaShoah UK: Last year with the help of Jewish Communal Organisations and Charities we helped spread the message of remembrance on Yom HaShoah to thousands of Jewish families across the UK. This year, with your help, we hope to reach out to even more, and ask that you forward this entire message across the internet to reach out to as many people as possible and get them to say #iremember on Yom HaShoah. Read More

Board welcomes Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies was delighted to host Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, for a breakfast with Deputies. Read More

Board meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace
by Press Office posted in Community

On the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee celebration, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II received a Board of Deputies delegation at Buckingham Palace today.Board President Vivian Wineman, Senior Vice President Jonathan Arkush, Treasurer Laurence Brass, Vice President Jerry Lewis, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Rabbi Levy and Chief Executive Jon Benjamin were accompanied by five past Board Presidents and members of the Anglo-Jewish Association. Read More

Understanding Polands Jewish Past
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

On Thursday, 15 March, I took part in a panel organised by the Polish Embassy. The broad topic was Polish Understanding of the Holocaust and the Jewish Reactions To it. More particularly, they wished to focus on how British Jews viewed the Polish reaction to the Holocaust, both whilst it was taking place and subsequently. Read More

Desecration of graves in France
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies was appalled by the desecration of thirty Jewish graves at a cemetery in Nice, France this weekend. Following the tragic murder of four Jewish people outside a school in Toulouse last week, this is a reminder, as if one was needed, that we must continue to fight extremism. We stand with our friends in France who continue to endure the pain of the last weeks events and call upon the authorities to swiftly apprehend those responsible. Read More

Board delegation to the Cypriot High Commission
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Last week the President of the Board of Deputies led a delegation to meet with the Cypriot High Commissioner to the UK, in advance of Cyprus Presidency of the European Union, commencing in July. The Board meets the Ambassadors or High Commissioners of all incoming EU Presidency countries, in order to convey to them issues of concern to the UK Jewish community and Jews across Europe. Read More

Condolences from the UK Hindu community
by Press Office posted in Interfaith and Social Action

The Board of Deputies has received condolences from the UK Hindu community following the tragic murders in Toulouse this week. You can read their message here. Read More

Council Boycotts of Veolia - Illegal!
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

News reached us last week that, despite the best efforts of those who love to sow discord, trade and cooperation between the UK and Israel are, in fact, on the increase. Up 34% in 2011, trade figures reached 3.75 billion. Im no economist, but that seems like a lot of trade. Read More

Flexing our muscles
by Vivian Wineman posted in Israel and Abroad

It is often said that there is more truth in the adverts than in the news. Adverts show cars that work and drinks that cheer, whereas newspapers dwell on the minority of cases when things go wrong. It is the same with communities. A community that is vibrant with religious and cultural events makes less news than one beset by anti-Semitism, divided leadership and broken morale. Read More

Statement on Baroness Ashton comments
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The following statement has been released by Jon Benjamin, CEO Board of Deputies; Richard Benson, CEO CST; Jeremy Newmark, CEO JLC and John Mann MP, on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism: Baroness Ashtons remarks were both crass and wholly inappropriate. The loss of young, innocent lives anywhere is of course appalling, but the attempt to draw parallels between Toulouse and Gaza was deeply, offensive and unworthy of a person in her position. Read More

Board condemns Global March to Jerusalem
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies notes with sadness plans for a Global March to Jerusalem later this month. Once again those who claim to support the Palestinians have revealed themselves to be more concerned with delegitimising the State of Israel than finding a just peace for all. It is of little surprise that the organisers of this stunt are amongst the most extreme members of the anti-Israel movement, and that Hamas, a terrorist group committed to the destruction of the State of Israel, is supporting the initiative. Read More

Attack at French Jewish School
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

We are shocked and appalled by the senseless murder of four people, including three children, outside the Ozar HaTorah Jewish school in Toulouse, France. This attack is a terrible reminder of the threat which minorities, across Europe, face from extremists of all political persuasions. All right minded people must unite to reject their baseless hatred and bring whoever is responsible for this attack to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Read More

Rabbis Give Eco-Judaism a Head Start
by Press Office posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Last night (Thursday 15 March) over 100 people gathered at the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers to celebrate the launch of Gefiltefests Rabbi Relay Ride. The launch, organised by the Board of Deputies began the countdown to the ride in June 2012, when dozens of Rabbis from across the UK and from every denomination, will cycle from Lands End to John OGroats over the course of three weeks. The Rabbi Relay Ride is the highlight project of the Big Green Jewish Year of the Bike, a year of campaigning on environmentally friendly and sustainable transport. Hosted by the Board of Deputies of British Jews Environmental and Social Action Group, guests were addressed by Mr Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change. Read More

Britains Jewish Living Expo
by Jon Benjamin posted in Community

As with the premature publication of Mark Twains obituary, reports of the demise of the British Jewish community are greatly exaggerated. The oft quoted statistic, that the number of Jews in Britain in the 1950s was somewhere around 450,000 and has now shrunk to 270,000, is now widely considered by experts to overstate the first figure and understate the second. Read More

Israel suffers a weekend of missile attacks
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Over 150 rockets have rained down on Southern Israel over the weekend, resulting in a complete cessation of normal life for innocent Israeli civilians in the region, with one million people being forced to take refuge in bomb shelters. This is unacceptable and cannot continue. We reaffirm Israels right to self-defence and to protect her citizens from these acts of terror, as all right minded people should. We pray for all of the innocent victims. Read More

Israel - its not black and white
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

I went to boarding school in apartheid Rhodesia and edited newspapers and wrote books under the constraints of South Africas apartheid system. As British university campuses are in the throes of marking Israel Apartheid Week, it bears reflecting on what apartheid really meant and why it is obscene that the apartheid descriptor has become the default position for the global delegitimisation campaign against Israel. Read More

Leading the Revolution: Bedouin Womens Empowerment
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

If the Board of Deputies ever wants a lesson on womens empowerment and how to rise above a patriarchal system they need look no further than the women of SIDREH, a non-profit organization established to improve the socio-economic situation of Bedouin women in the Negev Region. As an Executive member of the UK Task Force Delegation on Issues Relating to Arab Citizens of Israel, I travelled to the Negev with other members of the Boards leadership and Task Force participants (comprised of a cross communal group of its membership organizations) to learn about the Bedouin community and its specific challenges. Read More

Baroness Tonge resigns Lib Dem whip
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

Earlier today the Board of Deputies condemned comments by Baroness Tonge that Israel is not going to be there forever as sinister and abhorrent. Baroness Tonge has now resigned the Liberal Democrat whip in the House of Lords after refusing to retract the comment. Reacting to this news, Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies, commented that This has been a long time in coming and her position has frankly been untenable for some time. Allegations of Jewish political control, organ harvesting and sympathy for terrorists should have no place in the politics of a party that is now part of the government. Read More

A pointless evening in Hendon
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

Really, whats the point? Last week I attended an Israel Apartheid Week event at Middlesex University. The event was called The Big Debate: Is Israel an apartheid state?When an event describes itself as a big debate, you can be pretty sure its going to be nothing of the sort and, predictably, the panel consisted of three people with near identical views. Read More

Interview with Vivian Wineman in Jerusalem Post
by Press Office posted in General Interest

This week Vivian Wineman, the Boards President, was in Israel as part of a delegation meeting Israeli Government ministers, senior officials and the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat. Whilst in Israel Mr Wineman was interviewed by the Jerusalem Post, an interview which you can read here. Read More

Board President presents the Queen with item of Judaica to mark Diamond Jubilee
by Press Office posted in General Interest

The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and leading members of the British Jewish community attended Lambeth Palace this week to display to Her Majesty the Queen a treasured item of Judaica to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Read More

Integration? Ask us how.
by Jon Benjamin posted in Community

Earlier this week the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles Department published a paper called Creating the Conditions for Integration and called on communities to come together and play their full part in society. It is a worthy and necessary aspiration. Read More

Wanderings in the Negev
by Guest posted in Israel and Abroad

When it comes to Middle East reporting the central narrative has for several decades been Israel-Palestine. But for the past year, since the start of the Arab Spring (Israeli sources prefer to call it the Arab Winter or Arab Tempest), it is the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from Egypt to Bahrain, from Syria to Libya, that have been in the limelight. Read More

All about the Board of Deputies
by Guest posted in Community

This week I will be setting out on short, self-financed mission to Israel as part of a small Board of Deputies delegation. It is a chance for me, as deputy-chair of the Boards International Division to take the current political temperature in Israel and meet a number of senior Ministers and officials, the British Ambassador to Israel Mathew Gould as well as learn more about current social issues. Read More

The Night I Will Never Forget
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Israel and Abroad

On Tuesday evening, 9 September 2003, a Palestinian suicide bomber approached Caf Hillel coffee shop in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem. Security guard Alon Mizrahi attempted to prevent the bomber from entering when he blew himself up. At 11:20 pm the suicide bomber detonated the explosive device he carried on his body. Just another bombing in what had become a common place occurrence in the lives of Jerusalemites that year... Except for me this was deeply personal. Read More

Ten years on from the March of terror
by Jamie Slavin posted in Israel and Abroad

You may not realise it, but we are approaching a poignant anniversary in Israels history. Ten years ago her citizens experienced the most intense period of terrorism that they have ever had to endure. In March 2002, there were fifteen suicide bombings. On the 27th of that month, thirty people were murdered when a suicide bomber blew himself up during the Passover Seder meal at the Park Hotel in Netanya. It took the total number of ordinary Israelis murdered in March to over one hundred. Read More

Board reacts to attacks on Israeli Embassies
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. This attack reminds us that Israel, in her struggle for peace and security, must continually endure the threat of violence by those who wish to see nothing but bloodshed. Read More

Navigating Jewish life to Balham
by Sara Leviten posted in Education

Thank goodness for the TomTom. How I used to get on a moped and drive around London with no sense of direction, doing my best impersonation of the Michelin man (it was cold even when it wasnt, if you follow), I have no idea. Nowadays I whizz, when needs must, in a car with my TomTom on the loudest setting. Nightingale House, the Jewish Old Age home, is set on a leafy road in Balham, South London. Thats where colleague Sandra Teacher and I were headed... Read More

Every man has a name: HMD 2012
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in General Interest

One of the saddest days in the Israeli Calendar is Yom Hashoah. Every year when the siren went off I would feel my heart miss a beat and tears well up in my eyes. The siren was so evocative and the two minute silence that followed spoke more of grief than I ever could. At that moment I always had the same thought thank God the Jewish people now have a homethat ensures that such a tragedy can never happen again. Read More

The PSC: An acceptable level of antisemitism?
by Jamie Slavin posted in Defence

Its not often that Im lost for words. Today was an exception. I stumbled across Tony Greensteins blog this morning. Tony is an anti-Zionist, Jewish member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). Whilst his views on the situation in the Middle East are a complete anathema to me, to his credit, he has led the opposition within the PSC against rising levels of antisemitism. And yet it appears that even Tony seems to think that a certain level of antisemitism is inevitable, even acceptable, within the organisation. Read More

Boards International Division meets with Israeli charities
by Press Office posted in Israel and Abroad

The International Division of the Board has met with David Bradichanski, an acclaimed musician in Israel and an activist for a charity representing victims of terror. Their current campaign involves taking legal action against banks which transfer funds to terror organisations complicit in the murder of Israelis. Read More

Communal Leaders Delegation Led by Board of Deputies President Vivian Wineman in JLC Arranged Meeting with the Prime Minister


Leaders of the British Jewish Community met with the Prime Minister, David Cameron on Monday (16th January 2012) in a working meeting that has been described as very positive and highly constructive. Read More

A President, a Prime Minister and a Rabbi from Venice
by Vivian Wineman posted in General Interest

Last Sunday the Board held one of its monthly plenary meetings and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In the first place I like Board meetings. Contrary to what many people assume most Deputies are friendly, cheerful and often humourous. They understand some of the challenges that we face. Read More

A Quiet Revolution
by Jamie Slavin posted in General Interest

On Sunday the Board of Deputies, quietly and with no fanfare, passed a landmark. It wasnt ground breaking, it certainly wasnt news worthy. But in its own way, this landmark summed up some of the changes that are starting to happen in the way in which the Board is representing our community. Thats right - @BoardofDeputies reached 1000 followers on Twitter. Read More

New Home For A Three Hundred Year Old Sefer Torah
by Press Office posted in Community

The Director of the Boards Community Issues Division, Colin Spanjar, has presented part of a 300 year old Sefer Torah to Yavneh College in Borehamwood. The scroll was found by a family clearing the contents of their late aunt\'s home in London, where it appears to have lain unnoticed in an attic cupboard for over 60 years. They were initially unaware of the significance of what they had found and contacted the Board just before Shavuot... Read More

Perspectives on Limmud: Part Three
by Guest posted in Community

Its the Jewish equivalent of skiing. Once done, your winter holidays are never the same again. I was a first-time Limmudnik this year. And, predictably enough, I havent stopped talking about it since. I was only there one day, but like any novice skier whose never ventured beyond the nursery slope, I have come back nonetheless enthusing about the experience... Read More

Forgotten Cemeteries
by Colin Spanjar posted in Community

One of the major pieces of work that occupies my time at the Board is that of the forgotten Jewish Cemeteries. From the re-admittance of the Jews by Cromwell in 1656, Jewish communities appeared across the country, including in places where there is little or no discernable Jewish presence today. As a community we have lived and left memories throughout the UK; from Penzance in the South West all the way to Sunderland in the North East, vibrant communities have existed throughout the last 356 years. Read More

Election 2012: Being part of the solution
by Guest posted in Community

Heard the one about the old men, the stuffy room, and British-Jewrys foremost representative body? I thought so. It may be a myth, but in an attempt to consign it to the communal rubbish bin, the Board have launched a series of initiatives to make the organisation younger, more diverse, and generally more representative of UK Jewry. Read More

More Youth Movements Affiliate to Board
by Press Office posted in Community

With the next three year session of the Board of Deputies due to begin in just five months, we are delighted to announce that the youth movements Habonim Dror and Bnei Akiva have joined the Board as member organisations. Their affiliation is just part of a series of steps which the Board is taking to increase the participation of younger members of the community in its work. Read More

Perspectives on Limmud: Part Two
by Elizabeth Harris-Sawzcenko posted in Community

Im feeling inspired and energized after only a few days at Limmud over the festive break. Limmud really is one of the most remarkable achievements, not only for UK Jewry but for Diaspora Jewry as a whole. It is a truly democratic learning environment where teachers learn and students teach and where every opinion along the Jewish spectrum is respected. Read More

Perspectives on Limmud: Part One
by Jamie Slavin posted in Community

Tuesday 3 January was supposed to have been the most depressing day of the year. Its understandable, I guess. Most people had been off work for a few days, enjoyed family time and celebrated the New Year. Tuesday brought with it a return to the drudgery of the morning commute, hundreds of unread emails and an overloaded in-tray. Except on Tuesday, I didnt feel unhappy. In fact, I was raring to go. Read More

Happy Birthday to ESAG!
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Yes, the Boards Environment and Social Action Group (ESAG) is 10 years old! It is surprising that so many in the community still do not know that the Board has its own group dedicated to these two matters, let alone that it is over 10 years old. Read More

Access to Education: Bahs in Iran
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Many faith communities place great value on education. When you teach your son, you te