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Pikuach announces delay to section 48 inspections until Autumn

Pikuach, the Board of Deputies’ body responsible for inspecting Jewish education in maintained Jewish schools, has announced that no section 48 inspections in Jewish schools will be carried out in the summer term, and are likely to return in the autumn term 2021. Inspections had previously been delayed until the start of the summer term […]

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Board of Deputies creates Jewish Book of Condolence for Prince Philip

The Board of Deputies has announced the creation of a special book of condolence for members of the UK Jewish community to convey their sympathies at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, described how “many British Jews have expressed their sadness […]

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LIVEWelsh Senedd Hustings

Join us at the virtual hustings of the Welsh Senedd and quiz the candidates on issues of relevance to Wales and to the Jewish community, prior to the elections on 6th May 2021. #TenCommitments Monday 19th April from 6 -7pm – Streamed live – no need to register. Featuring: Plaid Cymru – Lisa Saville Roberts […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Paul Stanton

When the Coronovirus epidemic caused Catford and Bromley Synagogue to close and for many members to shield in their homes, it was clear that some in the community might need some extra help. This was an opportunity for members to pull together andensure that support was on hand. A clarion call went out and was […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 2nd April 2021: 901

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 2nd April 2021 there have been 901 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 1 such reported funeral on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a […]

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How do I become a Deputy?

Watch the video below and click here for all the information you need about how to become a Deputy http://http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p2-2-_yOTU  

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Rosa Niema Slater

Rosa Niema Slater is a mentor with The Kids Network. The Kids Network connects young professionals with young people from their local communities to create positive social change. Rosa’s mentoring helps to build resilience and confidence as children transition from primary to secondary school. The Kids Network exists because children, with increasing pressures can be […]

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Board of Deputies Time Capsule

To celebrate the Board of Deputies 260th year, we will be sharing some of the time capsule entries submitted by Deputies. We asked Deputies to tell us why they are Deputies. Click below to read some of the entries which have been shared with us. Our time capsule entry this week is from Ruth Hart […]

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Board of Deputies grows to 203 member organisations

The Board of Deputies now has 203 member organisations after Deputies voted to accept five new organisations into membership on Sunday. Maccabi GB, the Jewish Association for Mental Illness (JAMI), The Friendship Circle, Mitzvah Day and The Jewish Vegetarian Society were all voted onto the Board.  In addition, two new synagogues, Harrogate Hebrew Congregation and […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 19th March 2021: 900

As the total number of Jewish Covid-19 funerals reported to the Board of Deputies reaches 900, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has urged the community to adhere to Government restrictions: Marie said: “This Pesach will be a bittersweet experience for many. We will be holding a second round of sedarim without being […]

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Board of Deputies Vice President ‘delighted’ that Middlesex University has adopted antisemitism definition

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has applauded Middlesex University for adopting the international definition of antisemitism. Amanda said: “We are delighted that Middlesex has adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which has the consensus approval of the Jewish community. The Board of Deputies, together with Jewish communal partners, was pleased to meet Professor […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Margaret Black

Margaret Black is a member of the small Belfast Jewish Community. She is married to Michael who is the Chair and has two children and four grandchildren all living locally. Margaret is involved in several communal organisations. She has been a member of Belfast WIZO for 43 years and Chair for over 20 years, a […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 12th March 2021: 896

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 12th March 2021 there have been 896 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 4 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a […]

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Census 2021 – Jewish leaders urge community to ‘Count Us In’!

With less than one week to go until the 2021 Census this coming Sunday, the Board of Deputies dedicated the latest in its popular BoDCast series to the national population count. The panel, comprising the Office of National Statistics’ Peter Benton, the Institute of Jewish Policy Research’s Dr Jon Boyd and prominent Charedi educator and […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Lewis

Lauren Lewis is the Program Associate for RISE by Sundara, a non-profit organisation supporting female entrepreneurs in low and middle-income countries to resolve critical water, sanitation, and hygiene issues in their own communities. Lauren is also a final year Politics with Global Development student at Leeds Beckett University and former Publicity Officer for Leeds Jewish […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 5th March 2021: 892

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 5th March 2021 there have been 892 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 14 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a […]

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LIVE15th March 2021 Census 2021: Count us in

Join us for a panel discussion on the importance of Census Day, March 21st 2021. With Dr Jonathan Boyd (JPR), Peter Benton (ONS) and Eli Spitzer. Chaired by Gillian Merron, Chief Executive, Board of Deputies. Monday 15th March 2021 from 6pm – 7.15pm  

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Marie van der Zyl calls out ‘moral bankruptcy’ of international court

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has criticised the decision of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into alleged war crimes by the Israelis. Marie said: “The decision made by ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday to open a formal investigation into “alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories” goes to […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Moses Seitler

Moses Seitler is the founder and director of Screen Share, a volunteer-led initiative which promotes digital inclusion for young refugees. When we think of refugees we often think of crisis, destitution and debate on immigration issues. Moses and the growing team at Screen Share are focused on another question – what happens when young refugees, many […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 26th February 2021: 878

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 26th February there have been 878 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 11 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Lily Crane-Newman

After she finished school last year, Lily Crane-Newman  went to New York and interned with Ola Eastern Long Island, a charity that advocates for equality for Latino immigrants in areas including school policies and inclusive Government. During this internship, she worked on a mental health project. This was originally going to involve editing some videos […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 19th February 2021: 867

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 19th February there have been 867 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 13 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Board of Deputies President warns Bristol University about ‘increasingly hysterical attacks’ on Jews by Miller

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has warned Bristol University to act against the “increasingly hysterical attacks” on UK Jewish groups by sociology professor David Miller. In a letter to Vice Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady, Marie van der Zyl said that Miller’s “increasingly hysterical attacks on British Jewish organisations are now raising the […]

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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Young World Jewish Relief Committee

Young World Jewish Relief Committee co-Chairs, Rosa Shaul, a Relationship Manager at HSBC Private Banking, and Katie Neville, Senior Finance Manager at Marks and Spencer, joined the committee after graduating from university, looking to raise awareness and fundraise for the charity’s global work. Pre-pandemic they hosted a range of events, from supper quizzes and boat […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 12 February 2021: 854

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 12 February 2021 there have been 854 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 24 such reported funerals on the previous week. The greater increase compared to […]

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Board of Deputies congratulate organisers of Charedi vaccination event

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has applauded the organisers of a session in Hackney which was set up with the aim of getting Charedim in the top priority groups vaccinated. Edwin said: “We congratulate Hatzola, the Ostro Family Foundation and our own Deputy, Shmuel Yosef Davidsohn, on this important event. It is crucial […]

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is Development Officer – and was Director last year – for Sanitree, a social enterprise operating in India which tackles period poverty by employing women from vulnerable backgrounds to sew and sell reusable menstrual pads. Amy, a member of West London Reform Synagogue,  led an expansion to Jaipur, partnering with a local NGO […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 5 February 2021

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 5 February, there have been 830 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 14 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long life, […]

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MPs urged to back Genocide Amendment at Board of Deputies event

MPs have been urged to “put aside politics” and unite to back the Genocide Amendment when it returns to the House of Commons tomorrow, having been asked “If not now, when?” Representatives of the Uyghur people, alongside a Holocaust survivor, Parliamentarians and others, came together at a Board of Deputies event this afternoon to call […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 29 January 2021

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 29nd January there have been 816 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 33 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 22nd January 2021

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 22 January there have been 783 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 43 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Condemnation for Stamford Hill wedding broken up by police

Responding to report of a wedding broken up by police in Stamford Hill last night, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Marie van der Zyl said: “We are horrified by the news that a large wedding party was broken up by the police in Stamford Hill. We unreservedly condemn this flagrant and […]

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LIVE 8th February 2021 Tiers, Fears and Vaccine Engineers: The Jewish Community and Coronavirus

Tiers, Fears and Vaccine Engineers: The Jewish Community and Coronavirus Featuring: Dr Charlotte Benjamin, Clinical Lead for Covid Vaccine, North Central London Professor David Katz, Executive Chair, Jewish Medical Association Dr Daniel Staetsky, Director of the European Jewish Demography Unit (JPR) Moishe Sinitsky, Jewish Burial Society (Chevra Kadisha) Monday 8th February 2021, from 6 – […]

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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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