Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies leader admits: We can do better

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has defended the Board of Deputies and predicted it will emerge “strengthened” following a period of “turbulence”.

In his final address to the Board, Lord Sacks praised the organisation’s work and paid tribute to former chief executive Jon Benjamin who left his post earlier this month.


No bullying allowed, says Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

It is the representative body of British Jewry, with more than 250 years of democratic debate and defending religious liberties to its name.

But the Board of Deputies has felt the need to issue its first code of conduct — warning deputies they must not engage in harassment, bullying or “unreasonable discrimination” during meetings.


Board of Deputies 'in chaos'

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

The former vice-president of the Board of Deputies, Jerry Lewis, has launched a scathing attack on its current leaders, saying “Vivian Wineman and his team are presiding over the rapid disintegration” of the organisation.


Toxic, weak and chaotic at the Board

By Jerry Lewis, May 17, 2013

The departure of Jon Benjamin as CEO of the Board of Deputies is not only welcome it is also, I believe, much overdue. He is one of the nicest guys around but the introduction of fresh blood at the Board cannot come soon enough to improve effectiveness across the organisation.


Benjamin: 'Timing is right' to leave the Board

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2013

The Board of Deputies has released a statement this morning over the departure of Jon Benjamin, its chief executive for the past eight years.

Deputies were told that Mr Benjamin had begun handing over his responsibilities to colleagues to ensure a "smooth handover" without "undue delay".


Oxfam has crossed ‘red line’ on Board project

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Oxfam’s continued affiliation with a Palestinian charity could jeopardise its joint anti-hunger project with the Board of Deputies, it can be revealed.

A Board committee concluded on Tuesday that Oxfam’s decision to continue funding the West Bank-based Miftah group had “crossed a red line” in the relationship between the Jewish organisation and the NGO.


Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin leaves

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Jon Benjamin, the chief executive of the Board of Deputies for the past eight years, is leaving the organisation, the JC has learned.

Mr Benjamin, who is 48 and came to the Board from the education fundraising charity British Ort, did not wish to comment at this stage.

But a statement from the Board on his departure is expected shortly.


Board of Deputies link with Oxfam stays despite Miftah blog

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2013

Oxfam’s continued support for a Palestinian charity that published a blog invoking the antisemitic blood libel will not spark the termination of a controversial food poverty programme run jointly with the Board of Deputies.


Minister warns against Muslim antisemitism in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

A government minister has spoken out against “antisemitism in the Muslim community” in Britain.

Baroness Warsi, the Minister for Faith and Communities, said that anti-Zionism was often a mask for anti-Jewish hatred.


Food standards officials ask for kosher advice after horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Food standards officials have asked the Jewish community for advice on food chain transparency and safety, following the horsemeat scandal.

A meeting between community leaders and government food experts had been intended as a way of informing Anglo-Jewry about the fallout from the horse meat fiasco.