Board of Deputies

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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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


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.


Security Minister hears Jewish community concerns

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2014

A delegation of Jewish leaders has met Security Minister James Brokenshire to discuss threats to the community.

The Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust met Mr Brokenshire in Parliament on Wednesday.

They talked about the threat posed by extremism and concerns over the return of British jihadis from Iraq and Syria.


Labour confusion over Parliament's Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

MPs are preparing to vote on Palestinian statehood following a series of rows which have divided Labour’s shadow cabinet and threatened Israel's relationship with Britain's Jewish communal leaders.

The backbench debate on recognising Palestine alongside Israel will take place later this afternoon, with a vote expected to follow this evening.


Board’s general election manifesto launched in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2014

The Board of Deputies' 2015 general election manifesto received a positive reception at its launch in Manchester this week