Community Engagement

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 20th November: 564

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 20th November there have been 564 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 8 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 13th November: 556

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 13th November there have been 556 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. This represents an increase of 9 such reported funerals on the previous week. We wish bereaving families a long […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 6th November: 547

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 6th November there have been 547 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 life, and pray that the memory of their […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 23rd October: 534

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 23rd October, there have been 534 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. Please note while this is an increase of eight on the week before, 3 of those funerals took place […]

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Jewish Covid-19 Mortality total for 17th October: 526

Working with the Jewish community’s burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network as of the week ending 17th October, there have been 526 Jewish funerals carried out where the deceased contracted Covid-19. There were four such funerals last week. We wish bereaving families a long life, and pray that the memory […]

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DEPUTY SPOTLIGHT: Nathan Boroda

Nathan Boroda grew up in Whitefield, Manchester and attended King David High School, where he was Head Boy in 2016-17. He attended Warwick University where he studied History and served as President of the Jewish Society. From 2017 Nathan has been one of the Deputies for the Union of Jewish Students, the representative body of Jewish students […]

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Commission on Racial Inclusivity completes oral evidence gathering sessions

The Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community has completed its oral evidence gathering sessions, during which it has taken testimonies from Black Jews, non-Black Jews of Colour and Mizrachi, Sephardi and Yemenite Jews Written evidence is still being collected until 24 August via an online survey, which is also open […]

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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Alyth

Above: Alyth’s Rabbi Hannah Kingston Alyth is one of the largest and most dynamic synagogues in the country, with nearly 3,500 members in 1,500 households. Everything at Alyth is built together from a shared set of values and a belief that relationship is at the heart of community. Alyth’s clergy team includes a breadth of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Join the Board of Deputies at Limmud

  The Board of Deputies will be out in force with a full programme of events at this year’s Limmud Festival, which begins on Sunday 22 December. Go to the Limmud website below for full details of the programme.  

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