Board of Deputies

Nebbishes should be represented too

October 24, 2013

British Jews may have a lot to learn from Israelis on gender equality, but at least we have now offered, for the first time, a position on the Board of Deputies to a representative of the up-to-80,000 Israelis living in Britain.


Chief Rabbi praises Board but laments disunity

By Charlotte Oliver, October 24, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis marked his first official appearance at a Board of Deputies plenary meeting on Sunday by stressing the need for “unity” among British Jews.


Anglican vicar admits offending Jews over web posts

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2013

An Anglican vicar has said he regrets posting website links which promoted Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.

Reverend Stephen Sizer said he accepted that his actions had offended the Jewish community and acknowledged he should have “taken more care” and “reflected on the choice of words more carefully”.


Renewed call for board/JLC merger after chief executive steps down

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2013

The president of Liberal Judaism has called on the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to renew efforts to unite into a single body.

Lucian Hudson said that last week’s decision by JLC chief executive Jeremy Newmark to step down for health reasons created a new opportunity.


Board welcomes Angela Merkel

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2013

Angela Merkel’s historic third election victory was warmly greeted by European Jewish leaders this week — and the Board of Deputies is to mark her support of Germany’s Jewish community.

Board leaders hope she will accept a special award in person, having issued an invitation for her to become the first German chancellor to visit them.


Board of Deputies to honour Angela Merkel

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to be honoured by the Board of Deputies at its annual dinner later this year in recognition of her support for Jewish communities in Germany.

The Board hopes to present an award in person to Mrs Merkel at the event, which will be held in the Egyptian room of the Mansion House in the City of London in November.


Board merger on knife edge as JLC rift grows

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2013

Plans to merge the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council were left hanging in the balance this week amid a deepening rift between them.

JLC leaders cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Board on Tuesday to discuss unification, following anger at the Board’s failure to consult them about the launch of a new parliamentary group on Jewish affairs.


Parliamentary Jewish group set to launch

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

The new Parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues will launch next month, it has been announced.

The inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews will take place in Westminster on October 9 and will include the election of a chairman and officers.


Board of Deputies delays naming Parliamentary group supporters

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has again refused to reveal the names of Parliamentarians supporting a new group to promote Jewish issues.

MPs returned to work on Monday, but the Board said no further details on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews would be released until the House of Lords returns from its summer recess – on October 8.


Board merger talks still on despite JLC row

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

Merger talks between the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council are due to resume the week after Rosh Hashanah despite the row between them over a new political group.

JLC leaders were furious last month at not being consulted over the Board’s decision to form the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, set to launch in the autumn.