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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Muswell Hill Synagogue

For more 100 years, there have been Jewish families in Muswell Hill with the first temporary Synagogue in the famous Athenaeum on Muswell Hill Broadway. In the 1960’s, the Athenaeum became  a Sainsburys and a new modernist building was designed in Tetherdown under the work of Joseph Mendelssohn and the Rabbinic lead of Rabbi Samuel […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 8 January: 691

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 8th January there have been 691 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. The Board of Deputies received reports of 43 such funerals for the week ending 8 January, the highest weekly […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 1st January: 648

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 1st January there have been 648 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. The Board of Deputies received reports of 14 such funerals for the week ending 25th December and 18 such […]

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Board of Deputies calls for the Observer newspaper to apologise for false Covid headline

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has raised concerns over a false headline in the Observer claiming that Israel has excluded Palestinians from Coronavirus vaccinations. Sheila said: “We are extremely troubled by the Observer’s blatantly false headline claiming that Israel has ‘excluded’ Palestinians from its Covid-19 vaccination programme. “The Palestinian Authority is responsible […]

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Board of Deputies Vice President calls for school staff to be vaccinated

Board of Deputies Vice President  Edwin Shuker has called for teachers to be prioritised for vaccinations against Coronavirus. He said: “With many schools already told to close at the start of term, and with many more likely to follow, the challenges facing those in education are substantial. In order to safeguard those who have worked […]

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Board of Deputies @ Limmud Festival 2020

Limmud Festival 2020 is just around the corner – and the Board of Deputies will be out in force. With sessions on everything from religious freedoms in Europe and stories about Jewish women from Britain’s archives, to a panel with key Labour ‘women of valour’ Dame Margaret Hodge and Dame Louise Ellman, as well as […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 11th December: 599

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 11th December there have been 599 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 20 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Pikuach postpones further inspections until the summer term 2021

Pikuach, the Board of Deputies body responsible for inspecting Jewish education in maintained Jewish schools, has announced that it is further suspending its section 48 inspections due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Inspections had previously been delayed until the start of 2020 due to the pandemic, but this period of suspension has been extended until […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Simone Bryant

Simone is Chair of Governors at King David School in Birmingham, She has recently completed a solo Virtual London Marathon to raise funds for her chosen Charity – The Lullaby Trust, which provides a vital lifeline to support parents who have tragically lost a child or baby, referred to as Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC) […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 4th December: 579

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 4th December there have been 579 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of nine such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Board of Deputies President praises vaccine teams as roll-out begins

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has praised all those who have made the vaccination roll-out possible and called on the Jewish community to support the programme. Marie said: “Our thanks and congratulations go to all of the researchers, medical professionals and Government officials who have made today – the first day of […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 27th November: 570

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 27th November there have been 570 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of six such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Marie van der Zyl pays tribute to past president Eldred Tabachnik

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has paid tribute to former Board of Deputies President Eldred Tabachnik following his death at the weekend. Marie said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my distinguished predecessor, Eldred Tabachnik, QC, z”l, who served as President of the Board of Deputies of British […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 20th November: 564

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 20th November there have been 564 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 8 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Board of Deputies congratulates Buckinghamshire New University on adoption of antisemitism definition

Vice President Amanda Bowman has reacted to the decision of Buckinghamshire New University to adopt the international definition of antisemitism. Amanda said: “We congratulate Buckinghamshire New University on adopting the full IHRA definition of antisemitism and taking an important step towards protecting Jewish academics and students. They will rightly feel that this is the correct […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 13th November: 556

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 13th November there have been 556 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 9 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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LIVE 30th November 2020 – Glory, Expulsion, Refuge and Renaissance – An evening of intergenerational conversation

Commemorating the past, celebrating the present & contemplating the future of Mizrachi Jewry – An evening of intergenerational conversation Featuring: Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Board of Deputies Joseph Timan, Journalist and British-born Iraqi Jew Acclaimed musician Yoav Oved Live-streamed on the Board of Deputies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Post your questions for […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 6th November: 547

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 6th November there have been 547 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of six such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long life, and pray that the memory of their […]

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Threat to circumcision in Finland averted following talks

A threat to ban Milah in Finland has been averted for now following intervention from Milah UK, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Finnish Jewish community. The Finnish Jewish community were extremely concerned when a proposal was tabled in a key parliamentary committee which could have led to brit Milah being criminalised. […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has welcomed the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party. Marie said: “We welcome the decision of the Labour Party to suspend Jeremy Corbyn. Having presided over the descent of a proudly anti-racist party into a party that broke equalities law in its treatment of Jews, […]

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Warwick University recognition of antisemitism definition is ‘a welcome step’

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has reacted to Warwick University’s statement recognising the international definition of antisemitism. Vice President Amanda Bowman said: “It is good that Warwick University has recognised the IHRA definition of antisemitism after many months of work from Jewish students, UJS and the Board of Deputies. This is a welcome […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 23rd October: 534

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 23rd October, there have been 534 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. Please note while this is an increase of eight on the week before, 3 of those funerals took place […]

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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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