Board of Deputies

Israel activists plan protest at university

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The University of Southampton is said to be reviewing its position over the conference it is due to host on the legitimacy of Israel.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the university's vice-chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, on Wednesday to discuss concerns that the three-day event would be a vehicle for anti-Zionists to challenge Israel's existence.


Shechita is safe with us say Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens

By Josh Jackman, March 15, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip have expressed their opposition to a ban on shechita.

At a Board of Deputies hustings on Sunday, politicians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party told an audience of around 100 that the government must respect the right of religious slaughter.


Is this a fit legacy for the Board?

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 12, 2015

In my experience, all holders of high public office like to leave a "legacy" - something (preferably positive) by which they may be fondly remembered.


'Limit on child benefits would hit Charedim'

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

The Board of Deputies says it would be concerned if the Conservatives went ahead with a proposal to limit child benefit for families with more than three children.

Dominic Raab, Tory MP for Esher and Walton, told BBC Two's Newsnight that the party was considering capping the benefit.

A Board spokesman responded this week by saying the organisation would be "concerned about the effect any mea


SNP leader dismayed by antisemitism in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2015

The level of antisemitic abuse in Scotland in the past year has been dismaying, a leading politician has said.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, addressed the issue in a meeting with Jewish leaders.


Board of Deputies seeks support for its election manifesto

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the community to make its voice heard on Jewish issues ahead of the general election in May.

It has set up a web page which assists people in their efforts to contact their MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates online.

The Board hopes voters will ask their representatives whether they support the organisation’s Jewish manifesto.


Board figures fall out over Bibi's trip to Washington

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

Two British communal leaders clashed over the Israeli prime minister's controversial speech to the United States Congress this week.

In an exchange of emails, seen by the JC, Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush and Laurence Brass, its treasurer, disagreed over Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance in Washington on Tuesday.


Highlighting inequality

March 5, 2015

Social policy expert Baroness Ruth Lister has told a Board of Deputies forum that women remain at greater risk of economic hardship.

The baroness - professor of social policy at Loughborough University - was addressing a poverty and diversity discussion at the House of Commons, convened by the Board's women's and social action groups.


Board bids for £400,000 grant to promote social integration

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2015

The Board of Deputies has joined Muslim and Hindu groups in a consortium to bid for a £400,000 government grant to promote social integration.

An application went in this week from the Board and its partners to run the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Strengthening Faith Institutions programme.


Prized guy from the Board

February 26, 2015

Board of Deputies public affairs director Phil Rosenberg has received the Ralph Goldman Award for emerging Jewish leaders from the World Jewish Congress.