Board of Deputies

Work with us, Board tells church

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

The Board of Deputies has asked a leading church movement to join a project to support coexistence in the Middle East - after it decided not to back sanctions against Israel.

The United Reformed Church, which has 50,000 members formed out of the amalgamation of English Presbyterians with other churches, had considered action against Israel at its general assembly last month.

But it avoided e


Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith outline positions on Jewish issues

By Josh Jackman, August 23, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his support for boycotts of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In response to a letter sent by the Board of Deputies to both Labour leadership candidates, the party’s current leader emphasised that he could not fully support the “Ten Commitments” in the Board's Jewish manifesto.


Scot and bothered

By Charlotte Oliver, July 21, 2016

The director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has accused the Board of Deputies of failing to back its Scottish members.

Addressing Sunday's Board meeting in London, Ephraim Borowski asked why SCoJeC had not received financial support from the Board in 18 months.


The student-friendly guide to GCSE Judaism

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

When the Board of Deputies asked Clive Lawton to look over a draft textbook on Judaism produced externally for the new GCSE in religious studies, he was aghast. It was so poor that the Board decided that there was only one option: to publish its own.


Discord over Board peace plan

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to launch a programme involving synagogues and churches to support "peace-making" between Israelis and Palestinians.

Invest in Peace, which has been in the pipeline for several months, is being developed with so far unnamed "church partners".

The planned project came to light at Sunday's meeting of the Board, where an attempt to lay down conditions for entering into


Jewish Labour Movement appoints first director

By Josh Jackman, July 20, 2016

Ella Rose, a former Union of Jewish Students president, has been chosen to be the Jewish Labour Movement’s first director.

Ms Rose said her appointment represented “a real vote of confidence in the future of the youth of the Jewish community. This is a really exciting opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in".


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