Board of Deputies

Board’s fears over new religious studies GCSE

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2014

A-level Jewish studies is too much influenced by non-Orthodox or Christian perspectives, the Board of Deputies has told the government.

Some Orthodox schools also remain strongly opposed to changes that would make it compulsory to teach at least two faiths for religious studies at GCSE.

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Alex Brummer to bid for Board presidency

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2014

Alex Brummer, the award-winnning city editor of the Daily Mail, has become the first contender in the race to succeed Vivian Wineman as president of the Board of Deputies in May.

The Brighton-born journalist, 65, who represents the United Synagogue at the organisation, has served as one of its three vice-presidents since 2012.

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Baroness Warsi claims she has been ostracised by Jews

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Baroness Warsi has claimed that she was ostracised by the Jewish community after she resigned from her government post over the UK’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

She said Jews who were once friends no longer spoke to her.

But Laura Marks, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, who was pictured embracing Baroness Warsi at interfaith events, denied the claim.

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How the Board of Deputies infiltrated Britain's fascists

By Daniel Tilles, December 18, 2014

The 1930s were a defining period in Anglo-Jewish history.

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Emotional Bercow sings community's praises

December 18, 2014

John Bercow was close to tears this week as he recalled the antisemitic abuse he suffered in his childhood.

Reflecting on the rise of Jew-hate incidents in Britain this year and attacks aimed at Jewish MPs, the House of Commons Speaker said he had been the victim of offensive comments from classmates in the 1970s.

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Workplace warning

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2014

Jews are suffering discrimination in the workplace because of their religion, according to the Board of Deputies.

More than 30 people have contacted the organisation with problems about leaving work early in winter for Shabbat, while teachers and others have had trouble taking time off for festivals.

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'Don't pay your fees'

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel are threatening to withhold funding for the Board of Deputies in response to its reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Around 800 people have signed an online petition calling on the Board to take "overt and vociferous" action to challenge antisemitism.

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Why I'd never vote for Yachad

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 20, 2014

Last Sunday, the Board of Deputies of British Jews voted to admit Yachad into Board membership by 135 votes to 61, the necessary two-thirds majority being achieved by just five votes.

Yachad professes to be a Zionist (or at least a "pro-Israel, pro-peace") body and since its foundation in 2011 has lobbied furiously for the so-called "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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US chief mulled move to block Yachad at Board

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack considered warning members of the Board of Deputies to vote against the admission of the campaign group Yachad, over its "unacceptable activities", it has been revealed.

In an email seen by the JC, Mr Pack said he had been pressed to write to representatives of US congregations on the Board to oppose Yachad's application.

But he told the JC on Wednesda

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Yachad backed in Board bid

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

More than 70 former leaders of Jewish youth groups, students and Limmud have signed a letter backing Yachad's application to join the Board of Deputies.

The Board has twice postponed a decision on the bid from the liberal Zionist organisation which campaigns for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but is expected to vote on it next month.

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