Board of Deputies

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.


Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush to meet Vladimir Putin

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush is to be part of an international delegation that will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week.


We will work for more women leaders in community, says Board president Jonathan Arkush

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

The Board of Deputies will raise the issue of gender imbalance on communal panels during its next constitutional review, Jonathan Arkush has said.


Sex abuse case against Lord Janner is dropped

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

Criminal proceedings against Lord Janner over sex abuse charges will be dropped because of his death, a judge at the Old Bailey has ruled.

Lord Janner was accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys dating back to the 1960s.
His family strongly denied the allegations.


Huge turnout expected for national pro-Israel rally in Manchester

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

A national pro-Israel rally supported by all the major communal organisations is expected to attract around 2,000 people when it takes place later this month.

The “Say No To Terror: Stand With Israel” event organised by the North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) will be held in Manchester on January 31, as a response to recent terror attacks in the Jewish state.


Campaigners ‘very disappointed’ over lack of women in JLC Downing Street delegation

By Rosa Doherty, January 14, 2016

Members of a campaign promoting gender equality in Jewish leadership have said they are “very disappointed” that only one woman was included in the Jewish Leadership Council’s delegation to Downing Street this week.

Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady was part of an otherwise all-male team of 12 leaders who held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.