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Unanimous UK Jewish communal organisations support for Israel over Gaza fighting

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

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Diaspora groups voice support for Israel under attack

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Diaspora groups have expressed support for Israel and emphasised its right to defending itself as rocket fire rains down on civilians living near to the Gaza border.

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Joint office plan for Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2012

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The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are considering a move to joint premises in an effort to streamline the two organisations and save money.

It is understood the leaders of both organisations hope that the move will not only provide financial advantages but enable key staff to work more closely together.

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Faith leaders warn over opt-out organ donor plan

By Simon Rocker, November 8, 2012

A proposed new policy on organ donation in Wales is causing consternation, with the Board of Deputies warning it could be the “thin end of the wedge” for Britain as a whole.

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BBC’s Washington reporter rapped over ‘lobby’ remark

By Simon Rocker, November 8, 2012

A BBC correspondent has been criticised by the Board of Deputies for using the term “Jewish lobby” in discussing the American election.

Washington correspondent Katty Kay, in a recent Twitter question and answer session, had been asked why both American President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were “so defensive” when questioned about their commitment to Israel.

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Wineman wins election to chair European Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, November 7, 2012

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, has been elected to chair the European Jewish Congress’ council.

Mr Wineman won an election at an EJC meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday.

The EJC is the federation of democratically-elected leaders of Jewish communities across 40 European countries, representing around 2.5 million European Jews.

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Milah UK to protect Jewish circumcision in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

A new group, Milah UK, has been launched to promote the practice of Jewish circumcision in the UK.

The new group will serve all members of the community, from strictly Orthodox to Liberal Judaism.

Milah UK is jointly chaired by Dr Simon Hochhauser, former president of the United Synagogue and Prof David Katz, from the defence division at the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

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Oxfam and Board of Deputies in new tie-in

By Marcus Dysch, November 2, 2012

A campaign to encourage the community’s “food heroes” to tackle global poverty and world food shortages has been launched by the Board of Deputies and Oxfam.

The Grow Tatzmiach six-month leadership programme (tatzmiach is the Hebrew for “grow”) will help Jewish campaigners tackle injustices in the international food system.

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‘Antisemite’ vicar in Board of Deputies complaint

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

The Board of Deputies has made an unprecedented formal complaint to the Church of England over the conduct of a controversial Anglican vicar.

Reverend Stephen Sizer is accused by the Board of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders”.

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Board of Deputies welcomes Methodist interfaith group

By Anna Sheinman, October 11, 2012

The president of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, has welcomed the creation of a new Jewish-Christian interfaith organisation. He said that the Methodist Friends of Judaism (MFJ) “represents a vital step in the process of bridge-building. It is asking brave questions, at a time when many have decided to remain silent.”

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