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 Board of Deputies supports calls for Windrush inquiry

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and President-Elect Marie van der Zyl have supported calls for an inquiry into wrongful deportations of members of the Windrush generation. They said: “The news that 63 members of the Windrush generation could have been wrongfully deported from our country is deeply distressing to anyone who cares about justice […]

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Condemnation for Indonesian church bombings

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to the suicide bombings which have rocked Indonesia over the weekend. He said: “The Board of Deputies utterly condemns the appalling suicide bombings on worshippers attending church services in Indonesia, which claimed eight innocent lives and caused many more injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go […]

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Marie van der Zyl is elected Board of Deputies President

Marie van der Zyl has been elected President of the Board of Deputies. Marie defeated Simon Hochhauser, Edwin Shuker and Sheila Gewolb to succeed Jonathan Arkush in the role. Following the election, Marie told Deputies: “I’m overwhelmed. I want to thank everyone who put their confidence in me. It will be an honour and a […]

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Board of Deputies: Response to Government faith schools announcements

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the Government’s announcements on faith schools. He said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to facilitating the opening of more faith schools, including Jewish schools, through designated funding provided to local authorities. The popularity of faith schools with parents reflects their academic results, ethos, behavioural standards and […]

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Board of Deputies condemns antisemitic outburst by Palestinian leader

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to antisemitic statements made by Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas. He said: “We condemn the antisemitic comments of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the strongest possible terms. His statement, that the Holocaust of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, has nothing to do […]

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Watch the Hustings Live

The Deputies standing for Honorary Officer positions are attending a number of Hustings in the lead up the the vote on May 13th. Where possible the Board of Deputies are live streaming each event and providing an archive of these key discussions. Click below to watch a recording of the May 8nd Hustings in London. […]

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Welcome for plan to dismiss Icelandic anti-circumcision bill

Professor David Katz and Dr Simon Hochhauser, the co-chairs of Milah UK  -the Jewish organisation concerned with maintaining our tradition of circumcision -have welcomed  the recommendation by Icelandic parliamentarians to dismiss the proposed anti-circumcision legislation. They said: “Milah UK welcomes the recommendation by Iceland’s Judicial Affairs and Education Committee to dismiss the anti-circumcision bill. While […]

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Town hall chiefs back Board of Deputies 10 Local Commitments

Town hall chiefs from across the country and political spectrum have backed the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto for Local Government and its Ten Local Commitments. The Ten Local Commitments summarise the manifesto and include support for the full International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism, faith-sensitive coroners’ services and specialist Jewish social care services. […]

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Jews and Cypriots celebrate their communities together

Jews and Cypriots in the UK last came together to celebrate their communities in the Commonwealth. the Board of Deputies of British Jew, in cooperation with the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the Commonwealth Jewish Council, hosted the event  entitled “A Celebration of Cypriot and Jewish Communities in the Commonwealth” to coincide […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Carlisle

  Hundreds of Cumbrian 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) in Carlisle on Monday. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, in which Liberal Judaism are partnering with the Board of Deputies, […]

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Board of Deputies ‘concern’ at treatment of Windrush migrants

Board of Deputies of British Jews Senior Vice President Richard Verber has expressed concern over the treatment of migrants who arrived from the Commonwealth as children in the 1950s and who may now face deportation. He said: “Like other migrant communities, Jews know what it is like to be treated as the ‘other’. Therefore we […]

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Concern at campaign messages of Hungarian election winner Orban

Responding to the victory of Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party in the Hungarian elections, Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron said: “We are very concerned at some of the messages at the heart of Viktor Orban’s election campaign, including his comments about ‘Muslim invaders’ and calling migrants ‘poison’. “There were also worrying antisemitic undertones in […]

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 Board of Deputies condemns swastika daubings

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has condemned a series of Swastika daubings which have disgusted residents of the North West London district of Dollis Hill. Gillian said: Dollis Hill, with its historic connection to Winston Churchill’s stand against fascism, will not be divided by the actions of idiots. We hope the police catch […]

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Jewish communal leaders respond to Jeremy Corbyn

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Jonathan Goldstein, Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and, have issued a joint reply in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s letter and request for a meeting. You can read the full letter here. You can read Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to Jonathan Arkush and Jonathan […]

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Board of Deputies and JLC: ‘Never has our community made a more powerful statement that we will not tolerate antisemitism in the Labour Party’

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein have issued a statement thanking all of those who travelled to Parliament Square on Monday to demonstrate their opposition to antisemitism in the Labour Party. They said: “Yesterday, thousands of people from our community and far beyond came together in Parliament Square to […]

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Condemnation for French supermarket attack

Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber has condemned the terrorist attack against civilians at a French supermarket. He said: “The Board of Deputies condemns the horrific attack against innocent people in Trebes, France. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of all those affected.”

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Bristol student Sally Patterson is first winner of UK Campus Pitch competition

University of Bristol undergraduate Sally Patterson has won the UK’s first ever Campus Pitch Competition, a contest for students to pitch their idea for addressing Jewish issues on campus. In the competition finale, Sally picked up £5,000 investment for her project ‘Women of Faith in Leadership’. She defeated three other teams to clinch the prize […]

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Board of Deputies condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

Senior Vice President Richard Verber shas reacted to the murder of two Israeli soldiers on Friday. He said: “We utterly condemn the terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli soldiers on Friday, and seriously injured two others. Our hearts go out to the families of Netanel Kahalani, who was just 20 years old, and Ziv […]

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Condemnation for ‘sickening’ letters sent to Muslims

The Board of Deputies has condemned “Punish a Muslim day” letters which have been sent out around the country. A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “The ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters are sickening. We also note that potentially harmful substances and anti-Muslim letters have been sent to some Muslim MPs. Our community knows all too […]

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Organ donations – Have your say!

The government is consulting on the introduction of an “opt-out” or “presumed consent” system of organ donation, whereby, unless a potential donor has actively made their wishes known, they are assumed to be content to donate organs. This is a threat to Jewish freedoms and family rights around burial and mourning rites. The majority of […]

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Tony Greenstein expulsion from Labour ‘a step in the right direction’

Board of Deputies of President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to Labour’s decision to expel Tony Greenstein from the party. Jonathan said: “This had to be the right decision. Tony Greenstein’s long record of noxious behaviour makes him an unsuitable member for any respectable political party. It is to be hoped that significant outstanding Labour Party […]

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Board of Deputies condemns intimidation of students at King’s College London

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned the anti-Israel demonstration which took place before a talk at King’s college London by former Israeli minister Dan Meridor. Jonathan said: “While the Board of Deputies supports the right to demonstrate peacefully, we were appalled at the scenes last night at King’s College London where those attending […]

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Board of Deputies launches social media campaign to encourage women and young people to become Deputies

At the start of its presidential election year, the Board of Deputies is launching a social media campaign to encourage young people and women to stand for election as Deputies. Four advertisements and a graphic have been produced, all  which will be promoted on social media. You can view the videos here. https://www.facebook.com/boardofdeputies/videos/10155050355951784/ https://www.facebook.com/boardofdeputies/videos/10155050324406784/ https://www.facebook.com/boardofdeputies/videos/10155050310556784/ […]

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How do I become a Deputy?

For more information, please email: Bernice.Black@bod.org.uk Hear from current and previous deputies about their experiences, in our 2015 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAxdor7KqHc  

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Board of Deputies condemns brutal murder of Israeli father of four

Senior Vice President Richard Verber has condemned the murder of 29-year-old Itamar Ben Gal in Ariel on Monday. Richard said: “We are deeply saddened by the news of this brutal and cold blooded murder which has claimed the life of a young father. We call on the Palestinian Authority to condemn this appalling attack and […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to rise in number of antisemitic incidents

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the CST Annual Incidents Report which has again showed a rise in reported antisemitism. Jonathan said: For the third year running, the CST has reported record figures of antisemitic incidents, and this in a year with no specific trigger events. The UK remains an overwhelmingly happy […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched at Manchester Cathedral

Hundreds of Manchester 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) exhibition at the city’s cathedral on Monday. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, which is sponsored by Mark Addlestone. It is aimed […]

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Board of Deputies at Limmud Festival 2017

SUNDAY Conscientious objection in medicine – right or wrong? David Katz. Sunday 2.40pm/ORANGE10 Much recent public debate about medical ethics focuses – justifiably – on recognising the rights of the patient and their family. Jewish tradition often supports this. However, what happens when the doctor (or any other healthcare professional/carer) is asked to act in […]

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Board of Deputies reacts to BBC Religion and Ethics Review

Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron has welcomed the BBC’s Religion and Ethics review in which the broadcaster commits to expanding coverage around Jewish festivals. She said: “The BBC has a vital role to play in dispelling myths and prejudices. We are encouraged that the corporation has undertaken a wide-ranging review, consulting the Board […]

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Deep concern over far-right involvement in Austrian coalition

The Board of Deputies is deeply concerned by the coalition agreement reached in Austria which sees the Freedom Party (FPO) return to government with the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: “The far right brought unprecedented misery on Austria and other European countries in the past. It is up to all […]

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Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Women’s Aid to examine measures to protect every member of community against harassment

The Chief Executives of the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Women’s Aid have held a consultative meeting, to discuss the issue of sexual harassment in the Jewish community. We are now examining a suite of measures to ensure that every person in our community feels respected, secure and protected from harassment. […]

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BLOG: We need to play our part in supporting refugees

By Amanda Bowman Many people in the Jewish community came to the UK as frightened and vulnerable young children – some on the Kindertransport – and were welcomed into this country. Perhaps for that reason, our community expect that other communities who are in need receive the same treatment. As the group concerned with social […]

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Board of Deputies expresses solidarity with Belgian Jews over kosher slaughter ban

The Board of Deputies has expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Belgium as it files a legal challenge to Belgium’s Constitutional Court regarding a law passed by the Walloon Parliament banning Shechita – the kosher slaughter of animals. The legal challenge was submitted to Belgium’s Constitutional Court by the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations […]

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‘Grave concern’ over Trump’s Britain First retweets

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has condemned President Donald Trump’s retweets of videos posted by Britain First Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen. Marie said: “It is of grave concern that the President of the United States would retweet videos from the deputy leader of Britain First. They are a nasty far-right group […]

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Jewish Women’s Aid, Board of Deputies and synagogue movements mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women

A major cross-communal awareness-raising campaign against domestic violence, led by Jewish Women’s Aid and the Board of Deputies and supported by the synagogue movements, will be taking place across the country this Shabbat. The campaign coincides with the annual UN-designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), which falls on Shabbat 25th […]

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Statement by the President of the Board of Deputies

I am very concerned about reports of sexual harassment occurring in public life in our country.  It is important and timely to give a Jewish communal response. Every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.  No-one should have to suffer unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature.  Society must recognise and uphold […]

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Hertsmere

Hundreds of Hertfordshire 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) Exhibition in Borehamwood last night. The event at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue was attended by the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver, Borehamwood and […]

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Board of Deputies condemns ‘heinous terrorist attack’

Board of Deputies Vice President Richard Verber has reacted to Tuesday’s terror attack in New York. Richard said: “Our hearts go out to the people of New York following the heinous terrorist attack last night. We stand in solidarity with all New Yorkers and remain firm in our resolve to defeat the scourge of global terrorism.”

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New ‘Invest in Peace’ events announced

More local events have been announced for the Israeli-Palestinian ‘Invest in Peace’ initiative organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Invest in Peace invites Christian and Jewish communities in Britain to come together in support of Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding projects. The events provide the opportunity to hear from two bereaved parents, […]

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 Board of Deputies President congratulates winning designers of United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has congratulated Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter and Bowman on winning the design competition for the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition. He said: “The design is at once sympathetic to its setting and also appropriately disruptive. Our hope is that the finished memorial will […]

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Board of Deputies and AJC Europe host Diplomatic Forum, hold joint meetings

The Board of Deputies and AJC Europe – the European office of the American Jewish Committee – hosted the second Diplomatic Forum in Knightsbridge yesterday evening bringing together diplomats from 30 countries, stakeholders and community members to probe the issue of minorities in Europe. The guests heard from a panel featuring author and lecturer David […]

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Concern over falling numbers of hate crime prosecutions

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has expressed concern over the falling number of prosecutions for hate crime in the UK last year. He said: “We are concerned to see a falling number of prosecutions for hate crime when all the evidence points to a rise in antisemitic and other hate crimes. The Crown Prosecution […]

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Jonathan Arkush reacts to Austrian election result

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the victory in the Austrian elections of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP)  under the leadership of Sebastian Kurz. He  said: “While extending congratulations to Sebastian Kurz, who has a good record of engaging with the Jewish community, we are deeply concerned at the success of the […]

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Board of Deputies calls for caution over organ donation changes

Responding to the Prime Minister’s conference speech, in which she said that the Government will shift “the balance in favour of organ donation”, Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl called for caution. She said: “While, in principle, Judaism encourages organ donation in order to save lives, any changes must ensure that there […]

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Jonathan Arkush renews calls for political wing of Hezbollah to be outlawed

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has reacted to the ongoing uncertainty about the decision to close the loophole that allows legal demonstrations in support of Hezbollah’s political wing, despite its military wing being banned. Jonathan said: “If the Government is serious about taking measures to combat extremism, it must be made illegal to display the […]

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Board of Deputies welcomes Labour rule change on antisemitism but says we need to see change in practice as well as in theory

Speaking from the Labour Party Conference, Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron, said: “We are pleased to hear that Labour National Executive Committee’s proposed rule change, modelled on that proposed by the Jewish Labour Movement, has been adopted by conference delegates. “This is particularly important after the ugly scenes we have witnessed during this […]

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