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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 17th October: 526

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 17th October, there have been 526 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. There were four such funerals last week. We wish bereaving families a long life, and pray that the memory […]

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Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader awarded MBE for services to education

Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work in education, including Pikuach, the Board of Deputies, Jewish schools inspection service. Jeffrey said: “I’m surprised, humbled and honoured to receive this award. I have an overriding passion for the community and the education of its children. So […]

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BLOG: How volunteers can make the world a better place

Angelina Doherty writes about the importance of volunteering and her work for Eco Synagogue and West London Synagogue For some, volunteering is a part of life these days. Simply an idea or a short dedication of personal time can change a life for the better or make waves in helping make the world a better […]

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Organ Donation – The Jewish Experience

Organ donation experts and transplant recipients spoke to Deputies and Jewish medical professionals from around the country on Thursday 10th September by webinar, urging Jewish communities to engage in the organ donation system. Organ donor professionals ‘support for organ donors in England  for whom faith is important has been outlined in a Faith and Beliefs […]

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Home Secretary offers “personal thanks, best wishes and gratitude” to Jewish community’s security volunteers in advance of the High Holy Days

Home Secretary Priti Patel offered the Jewish community’s CST security volunteers her “personal thanks, best wishes and gratitude” as part of the Board of Deputies ‘BoDCast’ series. The Home Secretary was interviewed by the Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron during the 45-minute online event, which can be viewed here. Topics discussed included community […]

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The BoDCast: Have I got News for Jews

Our latest BoDCast takes place on Tuesday September 22 at 7.30pm when The Guardian’s Deputy Political Editor Jessica Elgot, Jewish News Editor Richard Ferrer and Jewish Telegraph Editor Paul Harris get together to discuss how the media deals with Jewish issues. It should be a lively debate. No registration needed. The webinar will be livestreamed […]

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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Allerton Central Synagogue

The beautiful suburbs of Allerton, Woolton and Childwall often surprise visitors with their beautiful well-kept homes and spacious parks. This is the home of a proud and loyal Jewish community of approximately 2,000 souls. Liverpool has been the home town to many of them for generations; and the city’s  successes  fill them with pride. Of […]

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DEPUTY SPOTLIGHT: Nathan Boroda

Nathan Boroda grew up in Whitefield, Manchester and attended King David High School, where he was Head Boy in 2016-17. He attended Warwick University where he studied History and served as President of the Jewish Society. From 2017 Nathan has been one of the Deputies for the Union of Jewish Students, the representative body of Jewish students […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Dalia Landau

Dalia, Deputy for the Union of Jewish Students, had to come home from her year abroad mid-pandemic. With six empty months ahead of her, she wanted to use her time effectively. Compassion London is an organisation, which was created in the wake of the pandemic. They sought to help feed the NHS staff during the […]

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Statement on the results of Board of Deputies’ Israel debate

Following today’s Board of Deputies’ Israel debate, President Marie van der Zyl, said: “The current policy of the Board of Deputies, as laid down in our Jewish Manifesto, is to ‘Promote peace projects that unite communities and resist boycotts that divide communities, advocating for a permanent and comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results […]

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DEPUTY SPOTLIGHT: Dr Efrat Sopher

Dr Efrat Sopher earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree from and the London School of Economics and Political Science, both in International Relations. Efrat earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Law, and practised as a solicitor in London. Efrat earned a PhD in International Relations at the […]

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Commission on Racial Inclusivity completes oral evidence gathering sessions

The Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community has completed its oral evidence gathering sessions, during which it has taken testimonies from Black Jews, non-Black Jews of Colour and Mizrachi, Sephardi and Yemenite Jews Written evidence is still being collected until 24 August via an online survey, which is also open […]

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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Alyth

Above: Alyth’s Rabbi Hannah Kingston Alyth is one of the largest and most dynamic synagogues in the country, with nearly 3,500 members in 1,500 households. Everything at Alyth is built together from a shared set of values and a belief that relationship is at the heart of community. Alyth’s clergy team includes a breadth of […]

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The Kids Are Alright – Board of Deputies Youth Assembly

Join us for the inaugural Youth Assembly, hosted by The Board of Deputies of British Jews. This is an unique Zoom event organised BY young people, FOR young people to have their say in our community. Identify as Jewish? Aged between 16-27 years old? Then register for this FREE event using the link here. The […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Clara Bernstein

Clara Bernstein, 23, is a member of Bowdon Synagogue in Manchester. She has been volunteering during the lockdown to support her friend Arabellas’ mum, Wendy, during her cancer treatment. Wendy Peake is an educational psychologist who was diagnosed with ocular melanoma (eye cancer) in 2017. After the removal of her eye, the family thought they […]

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Welcome for YouTube’s belated Wiley ban

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the belated decision of YouTube to terminate Wiley’s channels on YouTube, following continued antisemitic outbursts by the rapper. Amanda said: “After Wiley’s antisemitic rants appeared on Twitter and Instagram, the Board of Deputies reached out not only to these platforms but to others as well, including […]

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Eat out to Help Out – kosher restaurants participating

The Government has announced that from 3 to 31 August, customers will be able to get a 50% discount when eating in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.   Diners will be able to use the scheme at a participating establishments to receive the following benefits:  get a 50% […]

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New Pikuach handbook ‘to focus on children’s spiritual development’

The Board of Deputies Pikuach inspection service is launching revised guidelines for schools’ Jewish Studies inspections, with a strong  focus on the spiritual development of pupils in Jewish schools. The new Pikuach Inspection Handbook, which will go out to Jewish schools, this summer, replaces one drawn up four years ago. It takes a far closer […]

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INTERVIEW: Sara Radivan

In the first of our series of interviews with honorary officers and staff, Simon Round speaks to Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan about Jewish life in the regions and the challenges of lockdown. Sara Radivan has been in her post at the Board of Deputies since April. Despite being a valued […]

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Jewish Community reacts to Twitter’s apology over Wiley’s hate rant

The Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust have reacted to Twitter’s response over its slow reaction to the extended antisemitic rant by the rapper Wiley over the weekend. The three organisations said: “Following our joint letter to Twitter yesterday and the walkout by the community and our allies under […]

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Board of Deputies President welcomes decision to delete account of Wiley following his extended antisemitic rant

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has welcomed Facebook’s decision to delete the account of Wiley, the rapper who launched an extended antisemitic rant across social media last weekend. She said: “We are pleased that Facebook have completely removed Wiley’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, following our strong recommendation to them earlier today that […]

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DEPUTY SPOTLIGHT: Judith Flacks-Leigh

Today we launch our Deputy Spotlight series. The first Deputy to answer our questions is Judith Flacks-Leigh from Jewish Women’s Aid. Judith Flacks-Leigh joined JWA’s Board in 2017. She has been working in the Jewish community for 10 years and is currently the Head of Communications at Jewish Care. Prior to this, she was the […]

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Jewish representatives engage with Welfare Delivery Minister over two-child cap

The Board of Deputies and Charedi representatives from Stamford Hill, Manchester, Gateshead and Canvey Island met Welfare Delivery Minister Will Quince, to raise ongoing matters of concern in relation to the two-child welfare cap and housing benefit. The Orthodox Jewish community has larger families than the average population. The economic uncertainties created by coronavirus have […]

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Photograph of shop workers relaxing in a Burton’s company sunroom discovered as part of new ‘Hidden Treasures’ website, helping to tell the story of Jews in Britain.  

A photograph of shop workers in Leeds relaxing in a solarium belonging to the Burton Menswear company is just one of the discoveries relating to Jewish life in Britain featured on the new Hidden Treasures website. The first shop was opened by Jewish immigrant Montague Burton in 1904 and Burton’s went on to become one […]

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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue

Today, we launch our regular Community in Focus feature in which we will be profiling a different synagogue every month. This week, we take a look at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue. Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue (BES) is the largest Orthodox community in the UK with nearly 1,500 member families, and over 4,000 members. It is […]

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Board of Deputies calls on Government to outlaw far-right group

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has called on the Government to ban far-right group the Order of the Nine Angles. Amanda said: “Far Right Groups must not be given the time or space to endanger the safety of the Jewish community, other minorities or society as a whole. We thank the CST and […]

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Introducing The BoDCast

The Board of Deputies is pleased to announce The BoDCast, a new series of online webinars for the Jewish community addressing current key issues in our community. Stay tuned for more BoDCasts in the future. You can find the recordings of our previous webinars below:   The Board of Deputies presents: Have I Got News […]

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Community unites through Eco Synagogue to mark London Climate Action Week

Eco Synagogue, in partnership with the Board of Deputies, is marking London Climate Action Week with a seminar entitled “How Green can we make the new normal?” Eco Synagogue, a landmark cross communal initiative with input from United, Reform, Liberal and Masorti denominations will also be releasing a series of videos in the run-up to […]

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Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl thanks Labour leader for his swift action in removing Rebecca Long-Bailey from Shadow Cabinet

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has thanked Labour Leader Keir Starmer for his swift action in removing Rebecca Long-Bailey as Shadow Education Secretary after she retweeted and praised an article containing an antisemitic conspiracy theory. Marie said: “I would like to thank Keir Starmer for backing his words with actions on antisemitism. […]

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Board of Deputies President questions Rebecca Long-Bailey’s ‘suitability for the role’ as Shadow Education Secretary after ‘pathetic’ response to criticism that she had shared a false conspiracy theory

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey for re-tweeting and praising an interview containing the conspiracy theory that Israel played a part in the death of George Floyd. Marie said: “As soon as we saw that Rebecca Long-Bailey had shared this we wrote to her detailing how […]

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Thank You Thursday #8

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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“Things are moving in the right direction, albeit with a long way still to go”: Statement following latest video meeting between Labour Leader Keir Starmer and representatives of the Jewish community

19th June 2020 Today, Labour Leader Keir Starmer held a video meeting with representatives of the UK Jewish community from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labour Movement. After the meeting, Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am thankful to […]

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Thank You Thursday #7

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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Thank you Thursday #6

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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Thank you Thursday #5

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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Jewish groups intervene to allow student’s exam to be moved from Shavuot

A Jewish student at King’s College London has had their examination date moved from the Jewish festival of Shavuot thanks to an intervention from the Board of Deputies and University Jewish Chaplaincy. Previously the student was only given the alternative of sitting the exam in August during the summer holidays, which may have penalised the […]

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Thank you Thursdays! #4

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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BLOG: Thank You Thursdays! #3

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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BLOG: Finding kindness on the long journey to mental health

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Board of Deputies Director of Operations, Judy Silkoff, shares her family’s experience of mental illness and how she was pleased to organise JAMI Mental Health Awareness training for the BoD professional team. For many years, mental illness was something that happened to other people, to other people’s families – not […]

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BLOG: Thank You Thursdays! #2

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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BLOG: Thank you Thursdays!

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ – and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing […]

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Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds tells Jewish community representatives: ‘Antisemitism has been a stain on our party’

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds  has told a meeting of Jewish community representatives  that he is committed to maintaining the ban on terrorist organisation Hizballah and given his unequivocal support to the international definition of antisemitism He said: “I would like to thank the Board of Deputies for organising this meeting.“It was an opportunity for me […]

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Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary Steve Reed says he will do ‘everything in his power’ to make Jewish community feel secure

Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary Steve Reed has told Jewish community representatives that he is totally committed to ensuring “the rift between the Labour Party and the UK’s Jewish community is mended”. Following an online meeting with the Board of Deputies and the Community Security Trust, he said: “I would like to thank the Board of […]

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Statement on the passing of Rabbi Avrohom Pinter

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commented on the sad news of the passing of Rabbi Avrohom Pinter: “Rabbi Pinter was a much loved figure across the community, building bridges between different groups of Jews, Government & wider UK society. He was always wise and often humorous. I considered him a mentor […]

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Statement following video meeting between Labour Leader Keir Starmer, Deputy Leader Angela Rayner and representatives of the Jewish community

Today, new Labour Leader Keir Starmer and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner held a video meeting with representatives of the UK Jewish community from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labour Movement. After the meeting, new Labour Leader Keir Starmer said: “I want to thank the […]

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Board of Deputies launches living archive of Coronavirus emergency

The Board of Deputies is compiling a living archive which will show future generations how the Jewish community lived through the 2020 Coronavirus emergency. The organisation is appealing to members of the community to send them by email, the notices sent out by religious authorities, by synagogues, kosher shops and Jewish cultural and social organisations,  […]

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