The Board of Deputies of British Jews Latest news from the Board of Deputies http://www.bod.org.uk What have Brighton, Bournemouth and Belfast got in common? 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=1096 Mon, 20 Jan 14 12:30:37 +0200 Dialogue with Christians in Essex The Board\'s Interfaith consultant Rabbi Natan Levy took part in a dialogue in Redbridge for Jewish and Christian leaders on the subject of \"What Christians and Jews can learn from one another\". http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=918 Fri, 28 Jun 13 11:11:36 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 20 March 2013 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=807 Thu, 21 Mar 13 14:32:35 +0200 Berlin: Lessons in terror Our Chief Executive Jon Benjamin returned to Berlin for the first time in nearly 30 years, and reflects on the oppression inflicted on the former East Germany before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=767 Wed, 27 Feb 13 15:03:45 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 27 February 2013 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=773 Wed, 27 Feb 13 14:56:11 +0200 Holocaust Memorial Day tainted by familiar concerns Our Defence Division Chairman Jonathan Arkush reflects 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 http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=720 Wed, 30 Jan 13 17:12:55 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 30 January 2013 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=718 Wed, 30 Jan 13 17:05:12 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 30 January 2013 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=719 Wed, 30 Jan 13 17:04:17 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 23 January 2013 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=707 Wed, 23 Jan 13 16:49:37 +0200 Deputy talks about life and death issues on Radio 4 Professor David Katz, Member of the Board of Deputies with responsibility for medical-ethical issues, was on BBC Radio 4\'s Sunday Programme talking about the different views on organ donation within the Jewish community. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=704 Wed, 23 Jan 13 16:36:48 +0200 Mother urgently seeks bone marrow donor 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=699 Wed, 23 Jan 13 16:14:39 +0200 Clarification of a inaccurate article in this week\'s Jewish Chronicle 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=680 Tue, 15 Jan 13 14:21:53 +0200 Methodists, Anglicans and the Board meet in the Midlands The Board\'s interfaith director Rabbi Natan Levy spent the day teaching Anglican and Methodist trainee ministers about Judaism, and its relationship with Christianity http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=679 Tue, 15 Jan 13 14:16:28 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 9 January 2013 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=678 Tue, 15 Jan 13 14:15:09 +0200 Board helps to keep interfaith on the map Leading interfaith activist Fiyaz Mughal OBE writes about his role and the integral part the Board plays in interfaith work. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=676 Tue, 15 Jan 13 13:14:29 +0200 Helping our coastal friends face stormy seas Steven Jaffe, the Board\'s Consultant for community engagement with Israel discusses his role in supporting Sussex Friends of Israel and the particular challenges which that group faces. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=661 Tue, 8 Jan 13 15:32:35 +0200 Community Briefing 3 January 2013 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=660 Tue, 8 Jan 13 15:32:32 +0200 Limmud provides opportunity to discuss our big challenges Board Vice President and International Division Chair Alex Brummer reflects on Limmud Conference 2012 and the challenge in fighting far-right groups across Europe http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=662 Tue, 8 Jan 13 15:32:29 +0200 Board welcomes German Government's protection of Brit Milah The Government of Germany is to be commended for fulfilling its promise to enact legislation that protects the Jewish community\'s 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=635 Thu, 13 Dec 12 16:57:12 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 5 December 2012 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=624 Thu, 6 Dec 12 14:21:43 +0200 BDS Own Goal: Footballers and the phantom signatures 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=623 Thu, 6 Dec 12 14:21:39 +0200 Board Limmud line-up 2012 It's 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 thing it's nearly time for the annual Limmud Conference! Click here to see what sessions the Board will be involved in. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=616 Tue, 4 Dec 12 10:20:29 +0200 Jews and Christians join for day of dialogue on Middle East 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=610 Thu, 29 Nov 12 12:28:03 +0200 Interruptions and demonisation - there must be a better way 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=609 Thu, 29 Nov 12 12:28:00 +0200 Board outraged by calls for the creation of a list of Hungarian Jews 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=608 Thu, 29 Nov 12 12:27:56 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 28 November 2012 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=611 Thu, 29 Nov 12 12:27:52 +0200 Board condemns antisemitic chanting at football match The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans at yesterday's match against Tottenham Hotspur. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=607 Thu, 29 Nov 12 12:27:49 +0200 President meets Gilad Shalit http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=594 Fri, 23 Nov 12 12:54:47 +0200 Board meets with Don Foster MP http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=595 Fri, 23 Nov 12 11:14:22 +0200 Board condemns terrorist attack in Tel Aviv 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=591 Wed, 21 Nov 12 15:38:26 +0200 President meets Gilad Shalit http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=590 Wed, 21 Nov 12 15:35:07 +0200 Board condemns terrorist attack in Tel Aviv 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=587 Wed, 21 Nov 12 13:56:13 +0200 Israel under attack - No one should learn to live like this 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=582 Fri, 16 Nov 12 13:23:54 +0200 Statement on current situation in Southern Israel and Gaza 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=581 Fri, 16 Nov 12 13:23:50 +0200 Reflecting on the 'Night of Broken Glass' 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=580 Fri, 16 Nov 12 13:23:46 +0200 Board helps launch Mitzvah Day 2012 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 Board's professional team spent time helping the children with a range of activities. To read more and see some photos from the day, click here. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=579 Fri, 16 Nov 12 13:23:41 +0200 Lessons to be learnt on a trip to Belfast In this blog the Board\'s 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=578 Fri, 16 Nov 12 13:23:34 +0200 Board congratulates new Archbishop of Canterbury 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=567 Fri, 9 Nov 12 13:38:01 +0200 Board President elected as Chairman of the Council of the European Jewish Congress 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=566 Fri, 9 Nov 12 13:38:01 +0200 The real meaning of never again After a recent trip to Poland, the Board\'s Tzipporah Railly reconsiders her own thoughts on the Shoah and how we as individuals can help contribute to a more tolerant society. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=563 Fri, 9 Nov 12 11:33:37 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 7 November 2012 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=562 Fri, 9 Nov 12 11:33:33 +0200 Dialogue dinner between Board and Christian group http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=559 Wed, 7 Nov 12 17:54:04 +0200 Inspiration on two wheels President Vivian Wineman reflects on a recent Norwood charity bike ride in Sri Lanka, and some of the inspiring individuals who took part. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=556 Wed, 7 Nov 12 16:20:26 +0200 Addressing the challenge of localism The Board\'s Senior Vice President, Laura Marks, examines the challenges, and opportunities, posed to small Jewish communities by the move towards localism and reflects on the Board\'s efforts to address those challenges. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=557 Wed, 7 Nov 12 16:20:22 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 31 October 2012 Read this week's Community Briefing for the latest news from the Board and the Jewish world. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=549 Thu, 1 Nov 12 10:13:16 +0200 One Sizer doesn\'t fit all 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=546 Wed, 31 Oct 12 15:59:30 +0200 Board issue disciplinary complaint against Anglican Priest 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 England's 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=545 Wed, 31 Oct 12 11:32:56 +0200 International community silent as rockets rain down on Israel 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=544 Wed, 31 Oct 12 11:32:51 +0200 All\'s well that end well 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=537 Wed, 24 Oct 12 14:41:42 +0200 Breaking news: ACAA between EU and Israel passed by European Parliament This 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. More to follow..... http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=532 Wed, 24 Oct 12 11:43:52 +0200 If only Gilad Shalit\'s freedom had changed the Middle East Jamie Slavin reflects on the release of Gilad Shalit one year ago and considers the change it could have precipitated. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=531 Tue, 23 Oct 12 18:29:28 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 17 October 2012 For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this week's Community Briefing here. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=530 Tue, 23 Oct 12 18:28:44 +0200 The EU-Israel ACAA: No time for politics 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=526 Wed, 17 Oct 12 16:50:05 +0200 Dialogue with Black Clergy 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=525 Wed, 17 Oct 12 16:50:02 +0200 Interfaith Sukkah crawl http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=524 Wed, 17 Oct 12 16:49:56 +0200 Vote, vote vote: Keeping out the people you definitely don't want running the police http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=517 Wed, 10 Oct 12 14:18:24 +0200 Not So Sweet New Year http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=497 Thu, 27 Sep 12 16:34:27 +0200 A brave decision from MEPs 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=509 Thu, 20 Sep 12 17:55:07 +0200 Statement on attack against Latrun Monastery 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=487 Wed, 5 Sep 12 15:05:04 +0200 The Co-op needs to remember its ethics The Board\'s Public Affairs Manager Jamie Slavin highlights that lack of ethics underpinning the Co-op\'s \'ethical policy\' boycott of Israeli companies. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=485 Wed, 5 Sep 12 13:54:07 +0200 \"Hi Everyone. Just to let you know that Sam/Josh/Sarah/Ruth got 3A* and an A, SO proud!" 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 don\'t reach expectations. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=478 Thu, 30 Aug 12 10:55:17 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 22 August 2012 For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this week's Community Briefing here. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=472 Fri, 24 Aug 12 15:01:01 +0200 Saluting our volunteers 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=471 Fri, 24 Aug 12 15:00:57 +0200 Rosh Chodesh, Eid ul Fitr and a mountain in Morocco 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=470 Fri, 24 Aug 12 15:00:54 +0200 The man who saved my life In this guest blog, former Deputy Agnes Grunwald-Spiers marks the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg and pays tribute to the man who quite probably saved her life. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=456 Tue, 14 Aug 12 12:04:59 +0200 Board of Deputies Community Briefing 8 August 2012 For the latest news from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish world, read this week's Community Briefing here. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=453 Fri, 10 Aug 12 15:41:18 +0200 The Olympic Games A Model of Co-existence 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=451 Fri, 10 Aug 12 15:39:58 +0200 Remember the stranger..... Not all of the Board's work is about the major stories of the day, the communal politics, the big issues. Sometimes it's the little things that really count. In this blog the Board\'s Chief Executive Jon Benjamin explores one such case, an incredible story of how one woman found a safe haven in the UK, with the Board's help. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=450 Fri, 10 Aug 12 15:39:55 +0200 UK\'s Israel Envoy visits the Board 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 Board\'s Honorary Officers, members of its International Division and professional staff. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=439 Fri, 10 Aug 12 15:39:50 +0200 Board outraged by terrorist attack against Israelis in Bulgaria 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=438 Fri, 10 Aug 12 15:39:39 +0200 Board concerned by decision to axe radio show http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=406 Fri, 15 Jun 12 16:41:00 +0200 Board condemns \'Global March to Jerusalem\' 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=351 Mon, 19 Mar 12 16:00:25 +0200 Attack at French Jewish School 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=349 Mon, 19 Mar 12 13:14:30 +0200 Israel suffers a weekend of missile attacks http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=343 Mon, 12 Mar 12 12:49:34 +0200 Baroness Tonge resigns Lib Dem whip 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.\" http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=340 Thu, 1 Mar 12 15:30:16 +0200 Board reacts to attacks on Israeli Embassies 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=327 Tue, 14 Feb 12 09:41:00 +0200 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. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=320 Wed, 18 Jan 12 17:23:40 +0200 Board Concerned by Archbishop Christmas Message http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=302 Fri, 30 Dec 11 10:42:58 +0200 Statement on Shechita in the Netherlands Deputies will have heard recent misleading reports about the situation regarding Shechita in the Netherlands which, while very encouraging, is not as clear cut as it has been portrayed. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=298 Wed, 21 Dec 11 11:12:15 +0200 Paul Flynn Apologises for Comments Following complaints made by the Board and the JLC, Paul Flynn MP has released this apology for the remarks that he made at a recent House of Commons Public Administration Committee Meeting. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=287 Wed, 7 Dec 11 15:56:24 +0200 ASA rules against Palestinian Mission Website This week the Palestinian Mission to the UK removed articles by Gilad Atzmon from its website following complaints by the Board. Much of the other content on the website gave cause for concern and the Board was pleased to hear today that the ASA has upheld a complaint brought by several members of the community. The full article in the Guardian newspaper can be read here. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=284 Wed, 7 Dec 11 12:43:33 +0200 Board disturbed by comments made by Paul Flynn MP Labour MP Paul Flynn has recently made several public comments and statements, in which he calls into question Matthew Gould's suitability for the role of UK Ambassador to Israel given his Jewish background. Mr Flynn has continued by questioning the suitability of British Jews for certain public positions because of the risk that, in Flynn's words, they may "go native". These comments, made in a House of Commons Public Administration Committee Meeting, were then repeated again, in person, to the Jewish Chronicle. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=277 Thu, 1 Dec 11 11:59:14 +0200 Board Statement: Board condemns Atzmon appearance at publically funded event The Board was shocked this week to discover that Gilad Atzmon is to appear at an Arts Council sponsored event in Bradford. The event bills itself as a \"festival of political song\" and includes a workshop entitled \"Songs to counter the Zionist Bullies\". Atzmon is a man who fuels antisemitism and questions the Holocaust; by hosting him the event clearly lays itself open to the charge of supporting and promoting his unsavoury views. The Board of Deputies has written to the Arts Council expressing our concerns and calling on them to prevent Atzmon from appearing. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=270 Mon, 21 Nov 11 11:05:05 +0200 Board Statement: Board President Awarded the Samaritan Peace and Humanitarian Medal Mr Vivian Wineman, President of the Board of Deputies, has become the 2011 recipient of the Samaritan Medal for Peace, Humanitarian and Academic Achievements. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=266 Thu, 17 Nov 11 14:58:49 +0200 The Board welcomes a new Education Policy and Projects Manager The Board of Deputies is delighted to introduce Sara Leviten as its new Education Policy and Projects Manager. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=264 Thu, 17 Nov 11 13:51:18 +0200 Board Statement: UNESCO admits Palestinian Authority as member The Board of Deputies of British Jews is disappointed that, just a day after Israel was subjected to a weekend of rocket attacks from Gaza, UNESCO deemed fit to admit the Palestinian Authority as a new member. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=251 Tue, 1 Nov 11 10:38:36 +0200 Gilad Shalit is home Gilad Shalit\'s momentous release today will go down in the annals of Israeli and Jewish history as a day of contrasting sentiment. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=246 Tue, 18 Oct 11 11:17:32 +0200 Board Statement: Imminent Release of Shalit It is fitting that on the eve of Sukkot, the Jewish festival of rejoicing, we celebrate news of the imminent release of Gilad Shalit. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=239 Wed, 12 Oct 11 13:40:45 +0200 Board Statement: UDI Latest The Board and the JLC have written to both the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander restating the Jewish community\'s opposition to a Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence. We believe that the only route to achieve a lasting peace is via negotiations. The Board is concerned and disappointed at the statement issued by the Opposition this week endorsing the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN. The letter to the Prime Minister can be found here. The letter to the Shadow Foreign Secretary can be found here. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=222 Thu, 22 Sep 11 15:01:42 +0200 Board staff attend European conference on UDI Yesterday the Board\'s Chief Executive and Director of Public Affairs attended a meeting of European Jewish communal professionals in Brussels. The issue of the Palestinian unilateral bid for statehood was considered and the meeting received briefings from the Israeli Ambassador to the EU, from an adviser to Cathy Ashton, the EU\'s High Representative on Foreign Affairs and from the political adviser to EU President Barroso. Delegates also met with the Ambassador to the EU from Poland, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency. The broad consensus among European Governments and the EU is that the only way to achieve a lasting peace is through direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, and the Board of Deputies and its European counterparts endorse that view and express grave concerns over the implications for a resumption of negotiations of a unilateral bid for statehood. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=213 Wed, 21 Sep 11 12:10:54 +0200 Board and JLC Write to TUC General Secretary On the 13th September, the Board together with the JLC sent a letter to Brendan Barber, General Secretary of TUC, to raise the community's concerns in advance of the vote on a TUC motion that will call for a review of relations with Histradut (a Union that fights for the rights of all workers in Israel, regardless of their backgrounds). http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=208 Wed, 14 Sep 11 17:30:25 +0200 Attack on Israel Embassy in Cairo The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns the violent attack on the Israel embassy in Cairo by those who seek to undermine the precious diplomatic relationship between the Egyptian and Israeli governments that has maintained peace between the two states for over 30 Years. ‪‪ ‪‪At the same time we commend the intervention of the Egyptian Commandos which prevented a tragedy. ‫ We also appreciate the words of the Egyptian Information Minister who condemned the attack on the Israeli Embassy and many other Arab and world leaders who joined him in this condemnation. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=199 Tue, 13 Sep 11 16:38:27 +0200 Board Statement: Board Speaks Out Against EDL and Extremism As we have done so consistently in the past, the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemns unreservedly the EDL, their ideology and their actions. It is clear for all to see that the EDL are solely intent on causing divisions and mistrust between different groups in British society. When they wave Israeli flags at a rally or demonstration, they do so only to goad the Muslim community and to stir communal tensions. This, and everything that the EDL stands for, is utterly abhorrent. Equally sickening were the scenes of demonstrators attacking America and celebrating 9/11. All right thinking people should be repulsed by extremism from any quarter. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=201 Tue, 13 Sep 11 11:01:56 +0200 Board Slams PSC http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=197 Fri, 2 Sep 11 13:43:59 +0200 Terror Attack in Tel Aviv http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=196 Tue, 30 Aug 11 15:07:36 +0200 Gilad Shalit\'s 25th Birthday http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=195 Fri, 26 Aug 11 13:20:53 +0200 Continuing rocket attacks in Southern Israel The Board of Deputies of British Jews has watched with great sadness and dismay the continued rocket attacks against communities in Southern Israel, including those launched after a supposed cease fire was declared by Hamas on Sunday night. These attacks, designed to inflict as many civilian casualties as possible, come just days after eight Israelis were killed, and over thirty wounded, by coordinated terrorist attacks near the resort city of Eilat. The Board of Deputies supports Israel's legitimate right to defend herself and her citizens. We call upon the international community, including the British Government, to do likewise. http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=194 Mon, 22 Aug 11 19:19:27 +0200 Terrorist Attack in Southern Israel http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=193 Thu, 18 Aug 11 17:03:57 +0200 Board And UJS Speak Out For Bahá'ís In Iran http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=190 Thu, 18 Aug 11 16:14:08 +0200 Board Comments on UK Riots http://www.bod.org.uk/live/content.php?Item_ID=192 Thu, 18 Aug 11 16:12:47 +0200