Board of Deputies

Stephen Pack's Board comment was wrong, says former United Synagogue president

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2015

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack’s warning that Reform candidate Laura Marks would be a “divisive” choice as president of the Board of Deputies has been sharply criticised by his predecessor.

Simon Hochhauser, who chaired the US from 2005 to 2011, said Mr Pack’s intervention was “wrong in principle and as a tactic”.

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Board of Deputies want more election candidates to back its manifesto

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

The Board of Deputies has secured the support of dozens of parliamentary candidates for its policy document which backs issues of interest to the Jewish community.

The representative organisation launched its Jewish Manifesto earlier this year and has been encouraging those standing for election next month to sign up to what it called its Ten Commitments.

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Young reformer in race to be Board vice president

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2015

The co-founder of a lobby group to reform the Board of Deputies is bidding to become the organisation’s youngest officer.

Richard Verber, 30, the campaigns and communications manager of World Jewish Relief, who represents Limmud at the Board, today announced that he is to contest the vice-presidency next month.

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Board of Deputies forced to find a new home, again

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

The Board of Deputies will be forced to leave its new headquarters less than a year after its move.

After the sale of the Board’s central London premises in Bloomsbury, the organisation moved into the UJIA’s premises in Camden at the end of the last year.

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Leaders plan to cohabit

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

The Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council, Bicom and UJIA have been discussing a plan to share premises and establish what one source called a "communal hub".

The Board moved into the UJIA's building in Camden Town, north London, at the end of last year after selling its central London base in Bloomsbury.

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Exclusive: Laura Marks to stand for Board of Deputies presidency

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

Senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies Laura Marks has sprung a fresh surprise and reversed her decision not to stand for the presidency of the Board next month.

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Beth Din safe with us, says government

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Government plans to investigate Muslim sharia courts will not include a review of the Jewish religious court system, the Board of Deputies has said.

Outlining Conservative Party plans to tackle extremism this week, Home Secretary Theresa May said there was a "problem" with the application of sharia law in some parts of Britain.

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Beth Din safe under us, government tells Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

Government plans to investigate Sharia courts will not include a review of the Jewish religious court system, the Board of Deputies has said.

Outlining Conservative Party plans to tackle extremism in a speech on Monday, Home Secretary Theresa May said there was a “problem” with the application of Sharia law in some parts of Britain.

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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.

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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.

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