Board of Deputies

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.


Board urges BBC to give police details of antisemitic caller to phone-in

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the BBC to hand over to the police details of a radio caller who made antisemitic accusations throughout a 13-minute on-air conversation.

The caller, referred to as “Andy from St. Margaret’s”, told BBC Radio London host Simon Lederman that “they are trying to control us more and more and more.


Lord Janner dies after long illness

By JC Reporter, December 19, 2015

Lord Janner has died at the age of 87.

In a statement, his family said: "Lord Janner died peacefully on Saturday, 19th December after a long illness.

"He will be deeply missed."

A former Board of Deputies president, from 1978-84, and long-serving MP, Lord Janner was a leading figure in Anglo-Jewry for more than 40 years.


New chief appointed for University Jewish Chaplaincy

By Naomi Firsht, December 15, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ parliamentary affairs officer Sophie Dunoff has been appointed as chief operating officer at University Jewish Chaplaincy.

The organisation that provides chaplain services for students across the country made the announcement on Tuesday.


Jeremy Corbyn to meet Board leaders in 'acid test' talks

By Josh Jackman, December 13, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has announced he will meet Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking at the Board plenary meeting on Sunday, Mr Arkush revealed that he and chief executive Gillian Merron had accepted an invitation for a face-to-face meeting with the Labour Party leader in the second week of February.


Board meets Justice Minister over review of coroner services

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2015

A delegation from the Board of Deputies has met Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage to discuss coroner services.

The meeting was part of an eight-week review into how the system has fared since a chief coroner was appointed in 2013, including whether services now better meet faith requirements.


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.