Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies treasurer Brass tweets and deletes

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

The treasurer of the Board of Deputies has been rebuked for publishing two messages on Twitter which may have been in contempt of court.

Asylum judge Laurence Brass, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, made the remarks about a trial which is due to start in January next year.


Board of Deputies man accused of raping refugees

By Dan Goldberg, December 13, 2012

A prominent Jewish lawyer and refugee advocate will face court in Sydney next month on multiple charges of sexually assaulting four men.

David Bitel, 60, a former member of the executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, was arrested last week and charged with seven offences, including rape and indecent assault on four of his male clients.


Review will consider Board of Deputies’ ‘relevance’

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

A “serious self-evaluation” by the Board of Deputies will investigate whether the organisation is still relevant to Jewish life in Britain.

The review of the representative body of Anglo-Jewry was ordered by president Vivian Wineman and senior vice-president Laura Marks.


Board row over Oxfam link, but it will happen

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

The Board of Deputies is to press ahead with a joint anti-hunger campaign alongside Oxfam after rejecting criticism over the charity’s stance on Israel.

A motion to delay the Grow Tatzmiach project was put before the Board’s community issues division on Monday, but was defeated by 11 votes to none, with one abstention.


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.


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.


Joint office plan for Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2012


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.


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.


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.


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.