Board of Deputies

Lord Janner unfit to stand trial, rules High Court judge

By Naomi Firsht, December 7, 2015

Lord Janner has been declared unfit to stand trial over alleged child sex abuse offences due to his dementia, a senior judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Openshaw made the ruling at the Old Bailey on Monday after hearing details of the 87-year-old’s medical condition.


Breaking even with Arkush

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

On his first Scottish visit since being elected Board of Deputies president, Jonathan Arkush met Glasgow and Edinburgh communal leaders and SNP politicians.

He also took part in a vital fundraiser for Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, whose president, Paul Morron, said the proceeds helped the organisation to balance its books.

"We used the stimulus of his visit to Glasgow to raise sever


No one is talking about merger now

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2015

Nearly two and a half years ago the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council announced plans to explore the possibility of uniting in a single, representative body. Now one may well ask: "Merger? What merger?"


Board meets Sky News to discuss concerns over Israel reporting

By Josh Jackman, November 17, 2015

The Board of Deputies has met Sky News executives to discuss the broadcaster’s coverage of the recent upsurge of violence in Israel.


Injection of youth for Board’s executive committee

By Josh Jackman, November 16, 2015

The Board of Deputies has elected four delegates to its executive committee.

There were 18 candidates for the committee, which is responsible for making recommendations on policy and working with the president and vice-presidents.

The winners were deputies Tal Ofer, Gabriel Webber, and Noemi Zell, and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities director Ephraim Borowski.


Board president Jonathan Arkush urges EU: 'Focus on fighting extremism, not labelling products from settlements'

By Josh Jackman, November 15, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on the European Union to focus on fighting extremism instead of labelling products from Israeli settlements.

In the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris on Friday which killed 129 people and injured hundreds more, Mr Arkush also warned the community not to think ill of all Muslims.


Board opposes 'anti-family' welfare cut

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2015

The Board of Deputies and strictly Orthodox charity Interlink have joined a coalition of Christian groups in opposing welfare cuts, which they say will hit large families.

A briefing paper prepared for the House of the Lords, which is due to discuss the proposal next week, describes the measures as "fundamentally anti-family".


Shul back on Board

October 29, 2015

Catford and Bromley United Synagogue is to rejoin the Board of Deputies seven months after quitting the organisation because it did not think it was "good value".

Chair of the south-London shul, Joe Burchell, said the change of heart had followed discussions with senior Board vice-president Richard Verber, "who clearly appreciated that the Board of Deputies needed to modernise the way it engage


Far-right party founder from Ukraine welcomed in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

A leading British think-tank has defended its decision to invite a far-right party founder to speak at an event in London this week.


Limit Palestinian diplomatic freedoms if they don't condemn violence, urges Jonathan Arkush

By Josh Jackman, October 18, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has asked the Foreign Secretary to curtail Palestinian diplomatic privileges if they do not condemn violence against Israelis.

Mr Arkush said he had written to Philip Hammond in the wake of a series of attacks in which seven Israelis have been killed.