Board of Deputies

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.


Lobbying legislation brings communal fears for security and shechita

By Marcus Dysch, August 29, 2013

Senior community figures fear that Jewish organisations could cease to function if government plans to curb political lobbying become law.

An internal Jewish Leadership Council briefing paper, seen by the JC, warns its members of the implications of legislation aimed at regulating charities’ political campaigning before general elections.


Twenty-five MPs pledge to join Parliamentary group

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

More than 25 MPs and Lords have pledged to sign up to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews.

President of the Board of Deputies Vivian Wineman said: “We are very gratified by the speed and enthusiasm of the uptake. This is clearly an idea whose time has come.”


Sacks trust set up to ‘inspire a generation’

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

Former Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald is to chair a new trust set up to support the work of Lord Sacks after he retires as Chief Rabbi.

The Covenant & Conversation Trust, named after Lord Sacks’s series of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion, will promote “inspirational leadership”, develop educational material and support interfaith understanding.


'Christian Limmud' offers platform to anti-Israel Jew

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

A pro-Palestinian platform is to be launched later this month at a Christian festival, whose invitation to an American Jewish critic of Israel to speak has already troubled the Council of Christians and Jews and Board of Deputies.


Board bid to get women talking at communal events

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

Jewish leaders have backed an attempt to reduce the number of male-only panels of speakers at communal events.

The issue was brought to light by Women in Jewish Leadership — a campaign group backed by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council.


Board of Deputies' arrogance

August 8, 2013

Whatever merit the idea of an All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews might have — and there is a good case to be made for it — the Board of Deputies’ role in its formation is a textbook example of how not to go about such a project.