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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. Our next webinar will take place on Wednesday 15 July at 7:30 – 8:45PM. You can watch previous BoDCast webinars below.  Not All Black and White – An […]

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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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BLOG: Staying positive despite the lockdown

By Sheila Gewolb Dear friends It’s a beautiful sunny day outside and our cherry tree is in full blossom. In ordinary times we would be planning to go out for a run in the country and maybe a stop for a drink in a country pub. But these are not ordinary times. As we are […]

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Passover food guidelines for the UK Jewish community, Pesach 2020

In the current unprecedented circumstances, many members of the Jewish community are either in self-isolation or are not in a position to be able to visit a Kosher supermarket to do their Pesach shopping. With this in mind, a number of the UK’s main Kashrut authorities have issued special guidelines for Passover this year, providing […]

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Coronavirus advice

The Board of Deputies is currently following Government guidelines on how to contain the transmission of coronavirus. It is vital that we all implement these precautions. Should the guidelines change, we will review our policies accordingly. For the most up-to-date guidance and advice,we advise you log on  to the Government’s Covid -19 web-page. For the […]

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Pikuach inspections postponed

Pikuach Director Jeffrey Leader has commented on the postponement of visits by the religious education inspection service. He said “The Department for Education have announced that Ofsted have suspended routine inspections for schools during this period of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, we postponed all Pikuach inspections for this term and the […]

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Community meets Universities Minister Michelle Donelan for talks on antisemitism, security and religious freedom

Following the cabinet reshuffle last month, the Board of Deputies covened a meeting this week with the new Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan. Vice President of the Board of Deputies Amanda Bowman led a delegation of Jewish communal organisations, with colleagues from the Union of Jewish Students, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and […]

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Local councillors learn about Jewish community at south coast seminar

More than 40 councillors from across the south coast this week attended a seminar on getting to know the Jewish community. The event in Hove was hosted jointly by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Sussex Jewish Representative Council and the Jewish Leadership Council. Local representatives from Bournemouth to Kent attended sessions on […]

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Board of Deputies condemns ‘shameful’ decision by Show Racism the Red Card

The Board of Deputies has reacted to the “shameful” decision, announced this afternoon, that Show Racism the Red Card would be keeping Ken Loach as a judge for its upcoming School Competition. Vice President Amanda Bowman said:“That a so-called anti-racist charity would ignore a minority community’s concerns about racism, is both astounding and shameful. The […]

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BLOG: How we can enhance the lives of people with disabilities

For Disability Awareness Month, we asked one of our Deputies, Annabelle Daiches from Alyth Synagogue to share her experiences as an activist for disability rights, and a service user, about her experiences of being a member of the Alyth Community. I’m one of four deputies from Alyth Gardens Synagogue. My blog is about inclusion for […]

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Board of Deputies President: ‘It is right for Conservative Party to discipline Kawczynski and we wait to see his apology’

Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the Conservative Party’s decision to discipline Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski for his attendance at a conference alongside representatives of far-right European parties. Marie said: “It is right for the Conservative Party to discipline MP Daniel Kawczynski after his attendance at this […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to ‘crass and offensive’ Orla Guerin report on BBC news

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has condemned BBC International Correspondent Orla Guerin for linking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a report on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Amanda said: “In an otherwise moving report on the experiences of a Holocaust survivor, Orla Guerin’s attempt to link the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the […]

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