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Press Release: Board of Deputies reacts to New Jersey shooting

Reacting to reports of a shooting at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey, Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “Our hearts go out to the victims of this heinous attack. While the motive remains unclear, this murderous assault on the Jewish community of New Jersey will be […]

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Marie van der Zyl reacts to Jeremy Corbyn interview on ITV

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Jeremy Corbyn’s comments made to Philip Schofield on ITV today. Marie said: “In an appearance on ITV, after again being asked five times for an apology on his party’s inability to deal with the antisemitism in its ranks, Mr Corbyn finally […]

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Board of Deputies Vice President praises Bristol University for adopting international definition of antisemitism

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has commented on the news that the University of Bristol has adopted the internationally recognised definition of antisemitism: She said: “Bristol University has taken an important first step towards protecting Jewish students, academics and staff in adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full. The definition, with its […]

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Ten Commitments signatories

The following prospective parliamentary candidates have signed up to our Ten Commitments, summarising the UK Jewish community’s positions on a number of key policy areas: We encourage other candidates to follow suit by tweeting a picture of themselves holding a printed version of the Ten commitments (below, as well as on page five of our […]

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Condemnation for treatment of China’s Muslim minority

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned the treatment  of China’s Uighar Muslims by the country’s government. She said: “These reports of psychological torture and brainwashing are just the latest in a series of disturbing and sinister revelations about the treatment of Uighur Muslims by the government of China. Because of our […]

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Teaching Judaism GCSE – The Definitive Conference

The Board of Deputies is proud to announce ‘Teaching Judaism GCSE’, a conference for everything you need in order to deliver Judaism GCSE to a high standard. This essential one-day conference, which includes panels, workshops, lectures and interactive sessions, will be delivered by leading Jewish authorities in Religious Education and representatives from the exam boards. […]

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Condemnation for desecration of Jewish graves in Denmark

Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned the desecration of Jewish graves in Denmark. Sheila said: “The desecration of up to 80 graves in a the 200-year old Jewish cemetery in Denmark over this past weekend, on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, is another example of the worrying and dangerous growth of antisemitism throughout Europe. We […]

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Board of Deputies President condemns Essex graffiti attack

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned a graffiti attack in Canvey island, Essex, after cars and garages in the area were branded with swastikas. Marie said: “This is an appalling hate attack, presumably aimed at Canvey Island’s flourishing Jewish community. Hopefully the police will be able to identify and prosecute the […]

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Condemnation for disgraceful desecration of gravestones at Chatham cemetery

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned an attack on Chatham Memorial Synagogue cemetery in Rochester, Kent. Marie said: “This disgraceful antisemitic vandalism will cause huge upset to the families of those buried in the cemetery and to all right-thinking people. The low lives who perpetrated this hateful attack should face the […]

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Board of Deputies, Facebook and CST launch resource to tackle antisemitism

The Board of Deputies has partnered with Facebook and the Community Security Trust to produce a resource about how to tackle antisemitism on the social media platform. The resource, launched in Parliament on Wednesday night as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, explains what antisemitism is, how Facebook’s community guidelines work, and the tools […]

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We’re recruiting!

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a highly motivated individual to work as the Membership Coordinator for Eco Synagogue, a project managed by the organisation. The post-holder is responsible for promoting the work of Eco Synagogue across the Jewish community, engaging new and existing member synagogues in the project, and managing […]

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Condemnation for Erdogan over Holocaust comments

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for comparing the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust. Sheila said: “The comparison between the situation in Gaza and the horrors of the Shoah, the systematic murder of six million people, is vile. Turkey’s President Erdogan should apologise for the comments […]

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Board of Deputies promotes Jewish social justice agenda

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Board of Deputies of British Jews has announced its support for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) letter to the government on social justice issues. The letter makes six key asks: 1. Allow asylum seekers the right to work 2. Reunite refugee families 3. Create a properly funded programme […]

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Jewish community organisations meet Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

Jewish community organisations this week held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, arranged by the Board of Deputies. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl led the delegation, which comprised colleagues from the Jewish representative organisations at the Department for Education’s Faith School Providers Group. Those represented were the […]

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Foreign Secretary discusses antisemitism, Israel and Brexit with Jewish leaders

The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council today held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today, to discuss topics including tackling antisemitism, promoting peace and security for Israel and the wider Middle East, safeguarding Jewish interests in the context of Brexit, protecting religious freedoms and ensuring that the right lessons are learnt […]

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Government Islamophobia adviser tells Board of Deputies conference: ‘Our communities must stand together on hate’

Imam Qari Asim, the government’s adviser on a definition of Islamophobia,  has told a Board of Deputies of British Jews conference about the importance of the Jewish and Muslim communities standing together against hate. Speaking on a panel chaired by Board of Deputies Vice-President Edwin Shuker, Imam Asim said:  “Islamophobia and antisemitism have been on […]

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“I will stand up to the threat of antisemitism” says new Home Secretary Priti Patel following meeting with Jewish community leaders

Jewish community organisations today held a meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel, organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, to discuss topics including tackling antisemitism, countering extremism and safeguarding Jewish interests in the context of Brexit. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl led the delegation, which comprised colleagues from the Community […]

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Board of Deputies wishes ‘every success’ to A Level students

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has sent a message to all those who have received their  A and AS Level results today. She said: “The Board of Deputies wishes every success to those receiving their GCE A and AS Level results today. We hope that pupils and schools received the results that they […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Public Affairs Officer

The Board of Deputies  is looking for a highly motivated individual to work as its Public Affairs Officer and as the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews. The post-holder is responsible for engaging with MPs, peers, the parliamentary process and political stakeholders, developing policy, research and report writing, event planning and running […]

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Tony Blair announced as guest of honour at Board of Deputies dinner

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has announced that the guest of honour at this year’s President’s Dinner in November will be former Prime Minister Tony Blair. At yesterday’s Board of Deputies meeting, Marie told Deputies: “At a time when antisemitism in the Labour Party shows no sign of ending, it is worth […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting

The Board of Deputies is looking for outstanding candidates for two roles – Public Affairs Officer and International Relations Officer. The Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for engaging with MPs, peers, the parliamentary process and political stakeholders, developing policy, research and report writing, event planning and running specific projects. The post is integral to […]

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UK’s first faith-based scheme launches to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

The UK’s first faith-based scheme to combat sexual harassment in the workplace has been announced today. The launch follows heightened awareness around unacceptable behaviour in society in general, including the #MeToo movement and a recent government report on a zero tolerance approach towards sexual harassment. The three-year project, specifically for Jewish charities and community organisations, […]

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Board of Deputies and JLC comment on proposals to the Shadow Cabinet

‘Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals on antisemitism, presented to the Shadow Cabinet, represent a significant step backward. The proposals significantly increase the potential for political interference by putting decisions further into the hands of a small group of individuals who consistently vote on factional lines and have already shown their lack of independent thinking. ‘The Party seems […]

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Board of Deputies Vice President urges Liverpool’s councillors: ‘Join us in standing up against antisemitism’

Around 40 Merseyside and North Wales councillors attended a councillors seminar on Sunday held jointly between the Board of Deputies, the JLC and the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, and attended by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Liverpool MPs Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman. Councillors heard frank accounts from Liverpool’s Jewish MPs and JLC vice presidents, […]

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Board of Deputies President condemns ‘appalling’ Trump comments

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the tweets of President Donald Trump in which he called on four US Congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”. Marie said: “These are appalling and unjustifiable comments. Whatever one’s political disagreements, telling people […]

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Board of Deputies President: Corbyn, Milne and  Formby are personally responsible for having turned a once-great, anti-racist party into a cesspit of antisemitism

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to tonight’s Panorama investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party. “This Panorama investigation gives added weight to what we have suspected all along. It suggests that the issue of antisemitism has been treated with disdain by the Labour leader and as a […]

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Board President condemns “vile” film screening.

Following reports of a screening in London of Homelands, a ‘documentary’ by Katie Hopkins and former Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson on the “Islamification of Europe”, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commented: “This vile Muslim-baiting film should never have seen the light of day. Shame on those who hosted and promoted such an […]

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Board of Deputies applauds Church in Wales over adoption of antisemitism definition

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has applauded the Church in Wales for their adoption of the international definition of antisemitism. She said: “We are pleased to see that the international antisemitism definition is gathering pace in the faith communities. Following the Church of England’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition […]

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Board of Deputies condemns decision to host Malaysian Prime Minister at Cambridge

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned the decision of the Cambridge Union to host Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Sheila said: “The decision by Cambridge University Union to host Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a notorious antisemite who has made no secret of his distaste for Jews and Israel, is deeply disheartening. “By inviting this […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes YouTube decision to ban Holocaust denial

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the decision of YouTube to ban Holocaust denial from its platform. Amanda said: “In an era of fake news and extremism, countering the spread of false truths and conspiracy theories has never been more important. For a long time, we have advocated to YouTube and other […]

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Board of Deputies condemn Galloway over ‘Israel flags’ tweet

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a tweet by George Galloway’s in which he wrote that Tottenham’s defeat in the Champions League final meant “no Israel flags on the cup”. Marie said:  “We would like to thank Tottenham Hotspur FC for calling out the ‘blatant antisemitism’ in George Galloway’s tweet. […]

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Joint statement on Labour’s Peterborough election candidate Lisa Forbes

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council and David Delew, Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust, said: “The revelation that Labour’s Peterborough candidate Lisa Forbes liked a racist Facebook post accusing Theresa May of having a “Zionist Slave Masters […]

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Condemnation for violent assault on Argentinian rabbi

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted to an attack on Argentinian Rabbi Elyahu Shaman. Sheila said: “The violent assault on Rabbi Elyahu Shaman, who is also a cantor at a synagogue in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Palermo, has deeply upset us. It’s not the first time that the Argentinian Jewish […]

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Condemnation for attack on Scottish mosque

The Board of Deputies has condemned the racist vandalism agasinst a mosque in Scotland. A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “We deplore the nazi-inspired vandals who have targeted a mosque in Elgin, Scotland. An attack on Muslims is an attack on all of us. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in opposing fascists.”

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Board of Deputies welcomes Chris Skidmore’s announcement that universities must do more to stamp out antisemitism

 Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the Universities Minister Chris Skidmore’s announcement on antisemitism in higher education. Mr Skidmore has called on all institutions to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism and said it is ‘unjust’ to make Jewish societies pay additional security costs for events. His announcement follows guidance published this year to protect […]

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Condemnation for fatal Hamas rocket attacks

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the Hamas rocket attacks against Israel over the weekend. She said: “We utterly condemn the terrorism of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who have fired 450 rockets in to Israel from Gaza so far. Our hearts go out to the family of Moshe Agadi and […]

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Board of Deputies responds to report on persecuted Christians

Responding to the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “We welcome the timely publication of this review by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Nobody could have failed to be horrified by the […]

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Board of Deputies responds to new Independent School Standards

In response to the announcement of the new Independent School Standards, Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker said: “The new Independent School Standards are the marker by which independent Jewish schools will be inspected, the vast majority of which are in the strictly Orthodox sector. “The government has taken on board the perspectives put […]

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