Board of Deputies

Saving the Board

November 3, 2011

It is encouraging that the Board of Deputies has at last recognised that it needs to take action – fast – to do something to change its age profile. It is a remarkable achievement for the Board to have survived for over 250 years.

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Ken Livingstone: Board of Deputies gave me 'grief'

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reflected on his fraught relationship with British Jewry in his newly-published memoirs.

In You Can't Say That, Mr Livingstone details long-running disputes with the Board of Deputies, explains his views on Israel, and recalls the infamous evening when he told a Jewish journalist he was "just like a concentration camp guard".

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Rabbi backs down over Big Tent

By Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The Orthodox organiser of an Israel solidarity conference in Manchester has backed down after being warned that his refusal to invite Progressive rabbis as speakers risked provoking a new religious rift in the community.

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Board warns it may not back Big Tent

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

The Board of Deputies has threatened to withdraw its support for a Manchester Israel advocacy conference unless organisers assure it that both Orthodox and Progressive voices will be given a platform.

The vice-president of Manchester's Jewish Representative Council, Mike Samuels, has already expressed his anger at the suggestion there will be a "no-platform policy for Progressive Jews" at the B

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British Jews celebrate Gilad Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2011

Anglo-Jewry has welcomed the news that a deal has been made to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.

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Board turns wrath on PSC campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign's anti-Israel rhetoric is "infused with antisemitism" and its members engage in "racist conspiracy theories," according to the Board of Deputies.

Attacking the group and its Scottish counterpart, the Board said the PSC's recent actions reinforced the view that it had become an "impediment" to peace.

PSC director Sarah Colborne said the claims were "smears an

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Faces for Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

This Sunday, August 28, is Gilad Shalit's 25th birthday. For the soldier, captured more than five years ago, it is his sixth birthday in captivity and away from family and friends.

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Gaza terrorists fire more rockets into Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

Rockets were fired from inside the Gaza Strip into southern Israel last night, despite claims of a ceasefire from Hamas.

Four Qassam rockets landed in Israel on Monday night, with three exploding in the Hof Ashkelon area. One of the rockets sparked a blaze which firemen battled to control before it damaged nearby greenhouses.

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Jewish groups urge release of Baha'i academics in Iran

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2011

Iran's detention of 11 Baha'i academics has been condemned by the Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students.

British Jews have repeatedly raised concerns about the treatment of Iran's Baha'i community. More than 100 are being held in Iranian prisons, including seven of the community's most senior leaders, some having been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Interfaith unity in Tottenham as riots continue

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

A representative from the board of Deputies of British Jews joined a mulltifaith "vigil of hope" on Monday evening in Tottenham.

The event was arranged following the death of resident Mark Duggan and the violent protests and riots that followed.

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