Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies to vote on live-streaming

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2013

A decision whether to continue live streaming of Board of Deputies meetings will be taken next month.

There has been confusion among deputies about the broadcasting process following its introduction last year.

Deputies who do not want to be shown online have the option of speaking at a mic which cannot be heard outside the meeting room and from a position which is hidden from the camera.


Ed Miliband: 'I'm a Zionist and oppose boycotts of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ed Miliband has pledged to protect Jewish customs including brit milah and shechita if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at a Board of Deputies event the Labour leader said he was opposed to boycotts of Israel and warned of the need to be “ever-vigilant”against antisemitism.


Deputies to be told to behave

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

A code of conduct is to be created in an attempt to bring an end to unruly behaviour and bickering at Board of Deputies meetings.

Board leaders have decided to act after years of disruption to debates and verbal attacks both on deputies and executive members.


Lib Dems promise to deal with David Ward's latest comments about Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community have raised the question of MP David Ward’s string of comments about Jews during a meeting with Liberal Democrat chief whip Alastair Carmichael.


Oxfam training begins

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

Thirty volunteers have taken part in the first training session for the Board of Deputies’ controversial joint anti-hunger project with Oxfam.

At last weekend’s training camp the volunteers worked with activists from Oxfam, World Jewish Relief and Tzedek to learn about schemes to reduce hunger and arrange better distribution of food resources.


Deputies’ dilemma: on or off the microphone?

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

A compromise agreement which allows speakers at Board of Deputies meetings to “opt-out” of appearing on live internet streams of discussions has been widely criticised.

There was confusion among deputies at Sunday’s plenary meeting when Board president Vivian Wineman and technicians operating the live stream attempted to explain the broadcasting process.


Board president says Jewish Leadership Council not democratic

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

The row over who leads Anglo-Jewry has been reignited after the Board of Deputies president claimed some Jewish Leadership Council members were only invited to a meeting with the Prime Minister earlier this month because of their wealth.


New Oxfam twist as Board of Deputies' funding threatened

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

The Board of Deputies’ controversial joint anti-hunger project with Oxfam could have serious financial repercussions for the Jewish organisation, it was claimed this week.

Many United Synagogue congregants — furious over the link with what they regard as an anti-Israel NGO— have threatened to withhold their voluntary communal levy fees which go towards the running of the Board.


Board of Deputies votes in favour of Oxfam project

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2013

A controversial joint anti-hunger project between the Board of Deputies and Oxfam will go ahead after deputies voted in favour of the scheme.

The Grow/Tatzmiach programme will bring Jewish campaigners together with experts from the NGO to tackle injustices in the international food system.


Teachers encouraged to join unions to combat anti-Israel rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2013

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are backing a drive to encourage Jewish teachers to join or return to unions after years of disillusion, particularly over rhetoric on Israel.