Board of Deputies

'Limit on child benefits would hit Charedim'

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

The Board of Deputies says it would be concerned if the Conservatives went ahead with a proposal to limit child benefit for families with more than three children.

Dominic Raab, Tory MP for Esher and Walton, told BBC Two's Newsnight that the party was considering capping the benefit.

A Board spokesman responded this week by saying the organisation would be "concerned about the effect any mea

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SNP leader dismayed by antisemitism in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2015

The level of antisemitic abuse in Scotland in the past year has been dismaying, a leading politician has said.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, addressed the issue in a meeting with Jewish leaders.

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Board of Deputies seeks support for its election manifesto

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the community to make its voice heard on Jewish issues ahead of the general election in May.

It has set up a web page which assists people in their efforts to contact their MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates online.

The Board hopes voters will ask their representatives whether they support the organisation’s Jewish manifesto.

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Board figures fall out over Bibi's trip to Washington

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

Two British communal leaders clashed over the Israeli prime minister's controversial speech to the United States Congress this week.

In an exchange of emails, seen by the JC, Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush and Laurence Brass, its treasurer, disagreed over Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance in Washington on Tuesday.

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Highlighting inequality

March 5, 2015

Social policy expert Baroness Ruth Lister has told a Board of Deputies forum that women remain at greater risk of economic hardship.

The baroness - professor of social policy at Loughborough University - was addressing a poverty and diversity discussion at the House of Commons, convened by the Board's women's and social action groups.

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Board bids for £400,000 grant to promote social integration

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2015

The Board of Deputies has joined Muslim and Hindu groups in a consortium to bid for a £400,000 government grant to promote social integration.

An application went in this week from the Board and its partners to run the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Strengthening Faith Institutions programme.

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Prized guy from the Board

February 26, 2015

Board of Deputies public affairs director Phil Rosenberg has received the Ralph Goldman Award for emerging Jewish leaders from the World Jewish Congress.

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Board of Deputies delegation visits French Jewish group

By Josh Jackman, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies representatives have visited French counterparts to demonstrate solidarity following last month’s terrorist attack in Paris in which four Jews were killed.

During the meeting with Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Crif) on Wednesday, the organisations pledged to work together to tackle online hate crimes and interfaith relations.

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Jonathan Arkush announces bid for Board of Deputies presidency

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush has announced he will stand in the organisation’s presidential election in May.

Mr Arkush, who has served as chair of the Board’s defence and group relations division for the past six years, said he had the “extensive experience” necessary for the top job.

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Board of Deputies treasurer 'bursting to criticise Israeli administration'

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Outgoing Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has aimed a parting shot at the Israeli government, saying that he has “been bursting to criticise the Israeli administration” for six years.

Mr Brass will stand down from the executive because he “could not contemplate another three years of not being able to speak freely”, he told a Board plenary meeting on Sunday.

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