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Board of Deputies condemns Airbnb decision on Israel

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has condemned a decision by Airbnb to remove listings from Israelis living in the West Bank. A spokesperson said: “The Board of Deputies condemns the decision by Airbnb to single out the Jewish state of Israel from all the territories in the world that are under dispute. I’m […]

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Board of Deputies condemns Quakers’ Israel divestment policy

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned the decision of Quakers in Britain to divest from, in its words, “any companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine”. Marie said: “The appalling decision of the Friends House hierarchy to divest from just one country in the world – the only Jewish state – […]

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Board of Deputies team go “wild in the aisles” for Mitzvah Day

In advance of Mitzvah Day, the Board of Deputies staff team participated in a Supermarket Challenge for GIFT, a Jewish charity which delivers food parcels to families in need of assistance. Led by GIFT’s Senior Educator Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman, the Board of Deputies staff went “wild in the aisles” in Tesco, Brent Cross, with the […]

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Teachers learn about all aspects of Judaism at London conference

More than 50 GCSE RE teachers and professionals from around the country attended a Teaching Judaism conference yesterday at Western Marble Arch Synagogue to learn about all facets of Jewish Life. Teachers at the seminar, organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Partnership for Jewish Schools, heard introductions by Board of Deputies […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes Government letter on organ donations

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed a letter from the Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention clarifying its policy on organ donation opt-out procedures. She said: “There is nothing more important than saving a life, and donating organs to provide the gift of life is invaluable.  There were, however, concerns […]

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Bank of England Chief Economist visits Jewish Birmingham

Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane visited key Birmingham Jewish institutions to learn about the community and consider how the Bank can serve the needs of all Britain’s communities. The visit on October11 , organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Birmingham and West Midlands Jewish Representative Council, took in […]

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Parliamentarians from across the divide unite to support Mitzvah Day

Twenty-nine parliamentarians from across the political spectrum came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mitzvah Day by taking part in a social action event inside the Houses of Parliament. Parliamentarians – including Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable, Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Conservative Party Vice Chairs for Communities Helen Grant and Rehman Chishti […]

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Condemnation for brutal murder of Israelis

Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned the murder of two Israelis, Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, killed in the Barkan Industrial Zone at the weekend. Sheila said: “We utterly condemn this cold and callous attack on an industrial zone, which employed a mixture of Israelis and Palestinians. This brutal act of terror was a clear attack […]

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Condemnation for ‘antisemitic’ Malaysian Prime Minister 

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for his latest antisemitic outburst. Sheila said: “Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is a purveyor of antisemitic and antiquated tropes. While the rest of Malaysia is moving forward, he makes it look like the country is moving backward, which is a […]

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Board of Deputies condemns hate attack on Islamic centre

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has condemned a hate attack on an Islamic centre in North-West London. He said: “We denounce the attack on worshippers outside an Islamic Centre in Cricklewood. The rise in anti-Muslim hostility should alarm all of us. According to Tell MAMA, 2017 saw a rise of 16.3% in reports […]

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Marie van der Zyl: ‘Union leader Mark Serwotka has demeaned his office’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a speech by Public and Commercial Services Union General Secretary Mark Serwotka in which he suggested that Israel had created the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis. Marie said: “By trading in conspiracy theories and stock antisemitic tropes, Mark Serwotka has demeaned his office. The only […]

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Commission on RE report is fundamentally flawed

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has criticised the Commission on RE Report, Religion and Worldviews as “fundamentally flawed”. He said: “While the commission’s focus on religious education is timely and the provision of extra teacher training is to be welcomed, the report is fundamentally undermined by the dilution of religious education through the […]

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Jews and Sikhs seek the Common Good

Jews and Sikhs seek the Common Good 20 August 2018 In what might be a historic first, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Sikh Council UK have started a partnership to join our communiti es in pursuing the common good. As the first in the series of events, on Sunday, Jewish and […]

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Concern over Jersey’s rejection of antisemitism definition

The Board of Deputies has reacted to the decision of the Jersey Government not to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. A spokesperson said: “We have raised this with the Jersey Government and we intend to discuss with them the importance of adopting the IHRA definition. We would urge them to listen […]

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Board of Deputies condemns rocket attacks against Israel

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to rocket attacks on Israel launched from Gaza. She said: “I am deeply concerned about the escalation of violence and the more than 150 rockets fired at Israel. I utterly condemn the ongoing rocket salvo from Hamas that has wounded more than 11 Israelis. Our strong commitment […]

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‘Positive signs’ in new system of organ donation

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman says there are some positive signs in the government’s announcement of how a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation will work. “The Jewish community is united in wishing to see increases in organ donation in order to relieve suffering and save as many lives as […]

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Jewish community responds to Jeremy Corbyn’s ill-conceived Guardian article

Post Sabbath, Jewish organisations can now respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s ill-timed and ill-conceived Guardian article on Labour’s antisemitism problem. Once again Mr Corbyn, of all people, has chosen to lecture Jews on antisemitism. His Guardian piece repeats much of his previous Evening Standard article, published the day we met him to explain our concerns. In […]

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Marie van der Zyl condemns ‘shameful’ Labour response on antisemitism

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, said: “Even by Labour’s low standards, the last few days since the unprecedented joint banner headline by our community’s leading newspapers have been utterly shameful.   “Shadow Cabinet members are lining up to oppose the leadership’s position on the IHRA antisemitism definition; one Labour councillor […]

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Board of Deputies responds to misleading article in Jewish Chronicle

Responding to the misleading article about Marie van der Zyl and MEND in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, a Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “This is not what happened. The story and the leader are not based on facts. The Board of Deputies’ position on MEND has not changed. We will not be working with MEND. […]

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We are recruiting a Fundraising Manager

We are looking to recruit a driven, pro-active fundraiser to co-ordinate the Board of Deputies’ fundraising activities with the objective of raising awareness of the Board of Deputies within the Jewish community and increase the amount of donations received to fund the Board of Deputies’ advocacy for the Jewish community. For a full job description […]

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Board of Deputies deplores ongoing rocket attacks on Israel

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

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Board of Deputies reacts to Israel’s Nation State law

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

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BLOG: An American perspective on fighting discrimination

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

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

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

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Milah UK welcomes Icelandic decision to drop circumcision bill

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

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Amanda Bowman condemns NUS over Israel vote

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

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 Board of Deputies condemns Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on Gaza

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

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

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

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Board of Deputies condemns rocket strikes on Israeli town

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

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Marie van der Zyl names her top team line-up

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

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 Board of Deputies supports calls for Windrush inquiry

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

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Condemnation for Indonesian church bombings

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

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Marie van der Zyl is elected Board of Deputies President

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

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Board of Deputies: Response to Government faith schools announcements

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

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Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic outburst by Palestinian leader

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

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Watch the Hustings Live

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

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Welcome for plan to dismiss Icelandic anti-circumcision bill

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

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Town hall chiefs back Board of Deputies 10 Local Commitments

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

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Jews and Cypriots celebrate their communities together

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

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Carlisle

  Hundreds of Cumbrian schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) in Carlisle on Monday. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, in which Liberal Judaism are partnering with the Board of Deputies, […]

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Board of Deputies ‘concern’ at treatment of Windrush migrants

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

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Concern at campaign messages of Hungarian election winner Orban

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

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 Board of Deputies condemns swastika daubings

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

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Jewish communal leaders respond to Jeremy Corbyn

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

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

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

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