Board of Deputies

Board urged to stop work with boycotters

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to be asked to approve a new policy banning partnerships with organisations which support boycotts of Israel or refuse to recognise it as a Jewish state.

A group of deputies plan to table a resolution proposing the ban at the next meeting in July.


'You're a pin-up for prejudice', Labour MP Chuka Umunna tells Ken Livingstone at Commons' committee hearing

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2016

Ken Livingstone has refused to apologise for his comments on Hitler and Zionism.

Giving evidence at a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on antisemitism this afternoon, he ignored repeated offers from committee members to retract the controversial comments he made during a radio interview in April. He had claimed that Hitler supported Zionism.


Connecting women

June 10, 2016

Professor Julia Hobsbawm addressed the inaugural meeting of women's forum the Aitza Network in central London on her career and her Jewish journey. The network is an initiative of Women in Jewish Leadership, a Board of Deputies project. Board chief executive Gillian Merron said it provided "a valuable opportunity for women from a diverse cross-section of the community to connect".


Board's ex-social action chief has faith in new role

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

The Board of Deputies' interfaith and social action officer has left after five years to join a new government-backed faith venture.

Rabbi Natan Levy has become head of operations at the Fayre Share Foundation, the charity founded by Jewish interfaith activist Maurice Ostro, vice-chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews.

The foundation is the lead partner in a consortium recently chose


Shimon Peres leads birthday tributes to the Queen as she turns 90

By Josh Jackman, April 21, 2016

Shimon Peres has told the Queen that “life begins at the age of 90” as Her Majesty celebrates her birthday today.

The 92-year-old former president and prime minister of Israel recorded a video message in honour of the Queen, who became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch last year.


No dinner date with Labour

April 14, 2016

"It gives me great pleasure to once again send a message of support," wrote Prime Minister David Cameron in the brochure for the Board of Deputies dinner this week. But there was no similar greeting from the Labour leader. Perhaps Board officials worried a mug-shot of Mr Corbyn might have had some diners spluttering over the seared tuna.


David Miliband says fight against antisemitism must 'cross party loyalties'

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2016

The former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in London tonight that outbreaks of modern antisemitism were "repulsive" and should not be ignored.


Board of Deputies attacks Jeremy Corbyn’s response to ‘clear-cut antisemitism’ in Labour

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2016

The Board of Deputies has described as “deeply disturbing” Jeremy Corbyn’s defence of his brother’s criticism of a Jewish Labour MP’s fears about antisemitism in the party.

Earlier this week Piers Corbyn tweeted that it was “absurd” for Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, to say the some activists were allowed to “get away” with Jew-hate comments online.


Arkush criticised for comments about trust

By Simon Rocker, March 23, 2016

The president of the Board of Deputies Jonathan Arkush has been criticised by Jewish Labour activists for saying that most Jews cannot trust the party.

In an interview with the London Evening Standard Mr Arkush said that the relationship between the Jewish community and the party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership had been under "deep strain".


'Jewish people should be able to meet with the most powerful leaders in the world' says Board chief after meeting

By Josh Jackman, February 21, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has defended his decision to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The communal head spoke to the Russian president at the Kremlin on January 19, as part of a European Jewish Congress delegation.

Mr Arkush said at the Board plenary on Sunday that though Jews had endured "a difficult, difficult history" in Russia, the meeting had been a good idea.