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Response to today’s article in the JC

The article by Lee Harpin in today’s Jewish Chronicle – “Board of Deputies nearly backed Islamophobia definition ‘decisively influenced’ by controversial group” – is concocted from a mixture of innuendo, half-truths, and outright falsehoods. Innuendo: “Board of Deputies nearly backed Islamophobia definition ‘decisively influenced’ by controversial group” In line with other communal bodies including the […]

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Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic daubings in Shenley

The Board of Deputies has condemned a series of antisemitic scrawlings featuring the words “Jew Ghetto” which were discovered on Monday morning  at different locations in the village of Shenley in Hertfordshire. A spokesperson said: “The residents of Shenley should not be subjected to this disgusting antisemitism. We hope the perpetrator is identified and subjected […]

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Jeremy Corbyn endorses “yet another extremist position”

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has commented on a video showing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking alongside and applauding those who cavort with Holocaust deniers and extremists. Marie said: “The list of things for which Jeremy Corbyn needs to apologise to Jews and Israelis grows and grows. Applauding a speaker calling for […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes IHRA adoption by the Office for Students

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has welcomed the announcement by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OFS), that it is adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism. This is the result of a series of engagements between the OFS and the Board of Deputies that has also involved the […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans in Hungary

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has reacted to antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans at their match against Hungarian team Vidi last night. Amanda said: “We commend Chelsea FC’s prompt intervention following antisemitic songs sung by a section of Chelsea supporter’s at the club’s Europa League game in Hungary. This disgraceful behaviour must be […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes faith declaration option on organ donation register

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed the launch of the faith declaration on the organ donation register which will enable religious people to ensure their beliefs are taken into account when organ donation is discussed. Amanda said: “This measure will help preserve the religious freedom of potential organ donors. “There is still […]

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Community concerns allayed as House of Lords debates Organ Donation Bill

The Government’s Organ Donation Bill was debated in the House of Lords on Friday. This followed a letter from Public Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl to allay community concerns over the legislation which will change the organ donation system from ‘opt-in’ to ‘opt-out’. Members of the All Party Parliamentary […]

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Board of Deputies President visits Edinburgh and Aberdeen communities

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl spent the weekend last weekend in Scotland with Shabbat in Edinburgh followed by a trip to the UK’s most northerly Jewish community in Aberdeen. Marie attended Friday night dinner in her honour in Edinburgh and was joined by five Members of the Scottish Parliament. On Saturday, she […]

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Board of Deputies condemns Airbnb decision on Israel

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has condemned a decision by Airbnb to remove listings from Israelis living in the West Bank. A spokesperson said: “The Board of Deputies condemns the decision by Airbnb to single out the Jewish state of Israel from all the territories in the world that are under dispute. I’m […]

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Board of Deputies condemns Quakers’ Israel divestment policy

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned the decision of Quakers in Britain to divest from, in its words, “any companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine”. Marie said: “The appalling decision of the Friends House hierarchy to divest from just one country in the world – the only Jewish state – […]

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Board of Deputies team go “wild in the aisles” for Mitzvah Day

In advance of Mitzvah Day, the Board of Deputies staff team participated in a Supermarket Challenge for GIFT, a Jewish charity which delivers food parcels to families in need of assistance. Led by GIFT’s Senior Educator Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman, the Board of Deputies staff went “wild in the aisles” in Tesco, Brent Cross, with the […]

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Teachers learn about all aspects of Judaism at London conference

More than 50 GCSE RE teachers and professionals from around the country attended a Teaching Judaism conference yesterday at Western Marble Arch Synagogue to learn about all facets of Jewish Life. Teachers at the seminar, organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Partnership for Jewish Schools, heard introductions by Board of Deputies […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes Government letter on organ donations

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman has welcomed a letter from the Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention clarifying its policy on organ donation opt-out procedures. She said: “There is nothing more important than saving a life, and donating organs to provide the gift of life is invaluable.  There were, however, concerns […]

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Bank of England Chief Economist visits Jewish Birmingham

Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane visited key Birmingham Jewish institutions to learn about the community and consider how the Bank can serve the needs of all Britain’s communities. The visit on October11 , organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Birmingham and West Midlands Jewish Representative Council, took in […]

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Parliamentarians from across the divide unite to support Mitzvah Day

Twenty-nine parliamentarians from across the political spectrum came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mitzvah Day by taking part in a social action event inside the Houses of Parliament. Parliamentarians – including Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable, Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Conservative Party Vice Chairs for Communities Helen Grant and Rehman Chishti […]

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Condemnation for brutal murder of Israelis

Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned the murder of two Israelis, Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, killed in the Barkan Industrial Zone at the weekend. Sheila said: “We utterly condemn this cold and callous attack on an industrial zone, which employed a mixture of Israelis and Palestinians. This brutal act of terror was a clear attack […]

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Condemnation for ‘antisemitic’ Malaysian Prime Minister 

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has condemned Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for his latest antisemitic outburst. Sheila said: “Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is a purveyor of antisemitic and antiquated tropes. While the rest of Malaysia is moving forward, he makes it look like the country is moving backward, which is a […]

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Board of Deputies condemns hate attack on Islamic centre

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has condemned a hate attack on an Islamic centre in North-West London. He said: “We denounce the attack on worshippers outside an Islamic Centre in Cricklewood. The rise in anti-Muslim hostility should alarm all of us. According to Tell MAMA, 2017 saw a rise of 16.3% in reports […]

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Marie van der Zyl: ‘Union leader Mark Serwotka has demeaned his office’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a speech by Public and Commercial Services Union General Secretary Mark Serwotka in which he suggested that Israel had created the Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis. Marie said: “By trading in conspiracy theories and stock antisemitic tropes, Mark Serwotka has demeaned his office. The only […]

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Commission on RE report is fundamentally flawed

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has criticised the Commission on RE Report, Religion and Worldviews as “fundamentally flawed”. He said: “While the commission’s focus on religious education is timely and the provision of extra teacher training is to be welcomed, the report is fundamentally undermined by the dilution of religious education through the […]

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Jews and Sikhs seek the Common Good

Jews and Sikhs seek the Common Good 20 August 2018 In what might be a historic first, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Sikh Council UK have started a partnership to join our communiti es in pursuing the common good. As the first in the series of events, on Sunday, Jewish and […]

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Concern over Jersey’s rejection of antisemitism definition

The Board of Deputies has reacted to the decision of the Jersey Government not to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. A spokesperson said: “We have raised this with the Jersey Government and we intend to discuss with them the importance of adopting the IHRA definition. We would urge them to listen […]

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Board of Deputies condemns rocket attacks against Israel

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to rocket attacks on Israel launched from Gaza. She said: “I am deeply concerned about the escalation of violence and the more than 150 rockets fired at Israel. I utterly condemn the ongoing rocket salvo from Hamas that has wounded more than 11 Israelis. Our strong commitment […]

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‘Positive signs’ in new system of organ donation

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman says there are some positive signs in the government’s announcement of how a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation will work. “The Jewish community is united in wishing to see increases in organ donation in order to relieve suffering and save as many lives as […]

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Jewish community responds to Jeremy Corbyn’s ill-conceived Guardian article

Post Sabbath, Jewish organisations can now respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s ill-timed and ill-conceived Guardian article on Labour’s antisemitism problem. Once again Mr Corbyn, of all people, has chosen to lecture Jews on antisemitism. His Guardian piece repeats much of his previous Evening Standard article, published the day we met him to explain our concerns. In […]

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Marie van der Zyl condemns ‘shameful’ Labour response on antisemitism

Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, said: “Even by Labour’s low standards, the last few days since the unprecedented joint banner headline by our community’s leading newspapers have been utterly shameful.   “Shadow Cabinet members are lining up to oppose the leadership’s position on the IHRA antisemitism definition; one Labour councillor […]

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Board of Deputies responds to misleading article in Jewish Chronicle

Responding to the misleading article about Marie van der Zyl and MEND in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, a Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “This is not what happened. The story and the leader are not based on facts. The Board of Deputies’ position on MEND has not changed. We will not be working with MEND. […]

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We are recruiting a Fundraising Manager

We are looking to recruit a driven, pro-active fundraiser to co-ordinate the Board of Deputies’ fundraising activities with the objective of raising awareness of the Board of Deputies within the Jewish community and increase the amount of donations received to fund the Board of Deputies’ advocacy for the Jewish community. For a full job description […]

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Board of Deputies deplores ongoing rocket attacks on Israel

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb said: “Israel – as every other sovereign nation state  – has the right to defend and protect her citizens and its borders. We strongly deplore the ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza on Southern Israeli communities, which make the lives of so […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Israel’s Nation State law

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted Israel’s newly passed Nation State Law.   She said: “Whilst we celebrate Israel’s Jewish-ness, there is concern that some of the measures in this law are regressive steps. Among Israel’s great strengths are its democracy and diversity. Being Jewish is a wonderful thing, but this should […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting

The Board of Deputies is looking for excellent people to fill two new roles –  an Education and Youth Engagement Officer and a Public Affairs Assistant. The Education and Youth Engagement Officer will be responsible for assisting and advancing the education policy and youth engagement work of the Board of Deputies. This will include advocating for Jewish […]

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‘Anger in the community’ over Labour’s modified definition of antisemitism

In a joint letter to the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust have spoken of “anger in the community” over the modified version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism adopted by the party. In the letter,  JLC Chief Executives […]

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Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council react to Labour’s refusal to adopt antisemitism definition in full

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein have responded to Labour’s newly approved code of conduct on antisemitism. They said: “It is for Jews to determine for themselves what antisemitism is. The UK Jewish community has adopted in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism, […]

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Board of Deputies President calls on councillors to adopt IHRA definition and oppose boycotts at Midlands seminar

The Jewish community’s priorities were spelled out to councillors from across the East and West Midlands on Sunday, at a local government seminar in Birmingham. Councillors from as far afield as Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire attended sessions on antisemitism, Israel, education and social care. A highlight of the event, which took place at Singers Hill Synagogue, […]

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BLOG: An American perspective on fighting discrimination

By Emma Jacobs This spring, the Board of Deputies helped to be one of only 10 Europeans to take part in the ‘First Responders’ programme with the Anti Defamation League and the European Jewish Congress. The two week trip focused on ADL’s dual mission; fighting the defamation of the Jewish people and for all human […]

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New report finds 25 per cent rise in Jewish births in the past decade

The balance between births and deaths in the Jewish population of the UK has changed dramatically over the past decade, with an excess of birth over deaths driving up the overall size of the population. A new report, Vital statistics of the UK Jewish population: Births and deaths, authored by JPR Research Fellow, Dr Donatella […]

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Milah UK welcomes Icelandic decision to drop circumcision bill

Dr Simon Hochhauser, the Co-chair of Milah UK which promotes and protects the right of the Jewish community to carry out religious circumcision, has welcomed Iceland’s decision to drop its proposed bill to ban circumcision. He said: “We welcome the common sense decision of the Icelandic Parliament to drop this bill which would have criminalised […]

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Amanda Bowman condemns NUS over Israel vote

Vice President Amanda Bowman has condemned the National Union of Students NEC for voting to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. She said:  “Once again, a divisive motion by the NUS NEC has singled out Israel, the region’s only liberal democracy, for hostility, ignoring the human rights abuses by other rogue states […]

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 Board of Deputies condemns Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on Gaza

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has challenged Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn on his statement issued on Tuesday in which he called Britain’s failure to call for an independent investigation into killings at the Gaza border “morally indefensible” Sheila said:  “Every country has the right to defend its own borders. Jeremy Corbyn’s statement […]

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 Board of Deputies calls on Jews to reach out to different faiths

The Board of Deputies has called on Jews throughout Britain to reach out to beyond the Jewish community, at an oversubscribed conference at JW3. Edwin Shuker, in his first speech as the new Board of Deputies Vice-President with responsibility for interfaith, opened the day by setting out his vision for the Board of Deputies to […]

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Board of Deputies condemns rocket strikes on Israeli town

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: “We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket attacks fired from Gaza at Israeli population centres. These were fired at innocent civilians and one landed just outside a kindergarten. This is the attempted murder of Israeli children, pure and simple.”

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Marie van der Zyl names her top team line-up

Board of Deputies President Elect Marie van der Zyl has announced her divisional heads for the next three years. Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb, who polled highest in the vice presidential elections, will chair the International Division. Vice President Edwin Shuker will chair the Communities and Education Division, which now includes the interfaith activities of […]

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