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Board of Deputies responds to Methodist Briefing on the arguments for and against BDS of Israel with a new challenge: Don’t be part of the problem. Start being part of the solution.
by The Board posted in Interfaith and Social Action

At the Board of Deputies, we have seen and read the briefing, “A briefing document for the Methodist people on the arguments for and against the Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement”. It confirms our earlier fears, set out in our response to the consultation. The process was flawed because it only allowed itself to consider BDS; which does not promote peace, it only deepens divisions. It did not effectively consider other, more productive means of engaging in the tragic conflict in the Middle East. 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 teach your sons son, from The Talmud captures the timeless value of education as multiplier of human capacity. Muslims cite the Hadith, Seek knowledge even unto China as motivation for the lengths they should go to acquire learning. Bahs also see the acquisition of knowledge as a matter of profound spiritual significance. Read More

Faith Matters: Interfaith week 2011
by Vivian Wineman posted in Interfaith and Social Action

As many people will be aware we have recently celebrated Inter Faith week. First introduced in England two years ago - in Scotland the year before - this has now become an established part of the faith calendar in this country. Read More

Worth the trousers...
by Guest posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Ive learned an important lesson on interfaith at the cost of a pair of trousers. My five-year-old son and I were waiting for the Hendon train on Sunday when his small hand grabs mine. Abba, he whispers, I need the toilet, now! We race up the stairs, the toilets at the platform are locked, my son is jumping and twisting. Abba, now! Down the street we go, an open door at the Baptist Church, voices raised in prayer. I drag him into the foyer, ask for the toilet, point to my writhing boy. The vicar himself is present and ushers us in. My son looks at the vicar, peers into the church, cries out: Too scary! and runs. The trousers never stood a chance. Read More

On your bike, President!
by Vivian Wineman posted in Interfaith and Social Action

Last week I participated in a charity bike ride in Thailand arranged by Norwood to raise money for adults and children with learning disabilities. We were joined on the ride by a number of such adults many of them residents of Ravenswood village in Berkshire - a project set up in the fifties by half a dozen Jewish parents concerned that the community made no provision for such children. Norwood is Ravenswoods successor and has an annual budget of around 35million. Read More