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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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Board of Deputies reacts to fatal shooting at synagogue in San Diego

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to a shooting a synagogue in the US during which a woman was killed. Marie said: “Overnight we were devastated to hear of a shooting incident at a Chabad synagogue in San Diego during which Lori Gilbert Kaye, died as a heroine, putting herself between the shooter and […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Israeli election results

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the results of yesterday’s Israeli elections. She said: “Benjamin Netanyahu has registered a significant achievement in winning a record fifth election as Prime Minister in this hotly contested election. After a polarising campaign, with some deeply alarming rhetoric, politicians from all sides need to […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to Government home schooling register plan

The Board of Deputies has reacted to Government plans to launch a new register of children in England who are being educated at home. A spokesperson said: “The Board of Deputies supports high safeguarding and academic standards for all children, wherever they are being educated. The proposed legislation, though, may be seen by some, particularly […]

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Board of Deputies President calls on John McDonnell to stand down from Labour committee which ‘actively campaigned for Jackie Walker’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has written to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell calling on him to stand down from his position as President of the Labour Representative Committee (LRC). Marie wrote: “This organisation has repeatedly defended and campaigned for individuals who have a long history of denying the problem of antisemitism in […]

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Jewish community reacts to the expulsion by Labour of Jackie Walker

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust have reacted to the news of Labour’s expulsion of Jackie Walker, for making comments that were “prejudicial” and “grossly detrimental” to the Party. In a statement, the three organisations said: “The hearing took far too long to happen. It […]

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Board of Deputies condemns ‘disgusting video’ made by IsraelMK

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned the recent comments and campaign video of MK Oren Hazan. She said: “Oren Hazan’s video is disgusting. Depicting  murder is beyond despicable. This, from the same person who we had to condemn after he spoke approvingly about China’s use of concentration camps against its Muslim […]

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Board of Deputies condemns terrorist murders

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted to the terrorist shooting which has claimed the lives of two Israelis. She said: “Terrorism has claimed more civilian lives. I am deeply saddened  to hear that Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, a father of 12 from the settlement of Eli, died of his injuries on Monday, […]

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Jewish Community Engagement Officer

The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Jewish Community Engagement Officer. This post will be responsible for engaging with different parts of the Jewish community around the UK, including synagogues and community organisations. The role will look at how the Board of Deputies can better support Jewish communities, make its work understood by them and […]

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Prominent Jewish women create Twitter messages to mark IWD

To mark International Women’s Day, the Board of Deputies has given prominent Jewish women from a variety of fields a platform to create messages which we have been tweeting out this week under the hashtag #IWD2019. Among the 19 woman whose messages we have tweeted out are TV presenter Rachel Riley, pensions expert Baroness Ros […]

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Exhibition on the Jewish way of life launches at St Albans Cathedral

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren are learning about the Jewish way of life this week following the launch of  the Jewish Living Experience Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral. Visitors will gain an insight into the basics of the festivals, as well as Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) the principles of kosher food and how Jewish children undertake […]

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Board of Deputies shocked by violent attack on Argentinian Chief Rabbi

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Sheila Gewolb has reacted to an attack on the Argentinian Chief Rabbi during a break-in at his home in Buenos Aires. Sheila said: “The violent attack on the Argentinian Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich at his home has deeply shocked us. It’s not the first time that the Argentinian Jewish […]

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Board of Deputies President: ‘Tom Watson’s push for transparency in Labour complaints process is a sad commentary on the leadership’

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson’s call for greater transparency in the party’s disciplinary process. Marie said:  “It is tragic that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has felt the need to personally push for greater transparency in Labour’s complaints process for antisemitism, racism and […]

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Board of Deputies applauds decision to strip Malaysia of swimming championships

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to the International Paralympic Committee’s decision to strip Malaysia of the World Para Swimming Championships following its ban on Israel athletes. She said: “We commend the International Paralympic Committee for this important and principled decision. Malaysia’s Prime Minister continues to heap shame upon his office […]

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Board of Deputies President calls on Thornberry to give guarantees on Israel’s security following letter on Iran clashes

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has responded to a letter sent by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry to  Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt following clashes between Israeli and Iranian forces in Syria. “Emily Thornberry’s recognition of Iran’s belligerence and state-backed antisemitism is inconsistent with her call to deprive Israel of the means to […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Norwich

Hundreds of Norfolk schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) at Norwich Cathedral last week. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, which is aimed primarily at school groups and enables visitors to […]

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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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