Board of Deputies

Communal leaders attacked over response to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders were barracked at an angry town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

Attendees attacked the speakers representing organisations including the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council over their failure to counter the growing movement against Israel.

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So sue me, Mister President

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 7, 2014

Truth is the first casualty of war. With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to a sordid incident that arose out of a debate that took place at the plenary session of the Board of Deputies on July 20.

At that meeting, there was by all accounts a passionate discussion of the war in Gaza.

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Choose which side you are on, say UK Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Jewish community leaders have called on the world to “pick which side they are on – Israel or Hamas” as the violence in Gaza continues.

In a message sent to rabbis ahead of Shabbat, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis and Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said the international community must make tough decisions.

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Deputies back JLC

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

More members of the Board of Deputies support unification with the Jewish Leadership Council than oppose the idea, according to a new survey.

Almost half, 49 per cent, backed a merger with the JLC with 41 per cent opposed and 10 per cent undecided.

But consultants hired to gauge opinion warned that the process of unification could be "slower than previously anticipated".

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Board deputy resigns after racism complaint

By Daniel Easterman, July 29, 2014

A Board of Deputies representative who was accused of making racist comments has resigned from his position.

Board President Vivian Wineman said he “utterly condemned and deplored” the remarks made by Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council.

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Board conflict over Deputy's Gaza view

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

A Board of Deputies member has been been accused of racism over comments made on the Gaza conflict.

Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, told the Board's meeting on Sunday: "I'm going to lay my cards on the table, I don't care about any Palestinians, I only care about the Jewish people in this country and in Israel. We are facing a tremendous danger."

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US: We hold the key to Board-JLC merger deal

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2014

A merger of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council would largely depend on the view of the United Synagogue, US president Stephen Pack said this week.

The Board and the JLC have been in discussions for more than a year over possible unification.

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Envoys support Laurence Brass in Israel criticism row

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

A group of former Israeli diplomats and politicians have sprung to the defence of Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass over his outspoken comments about the situation of Palestinians on the West Bank.

Mr Brass has been under fire for expressing shock after a recent visit to the area with British campaign group Yachad.

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Board of Deputies sells HQ for £5.8 million

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2014

The Board of Deputies is set to make a large profit from the sale of its central London headquarters, in Bloomsbury for £5.8 million.

The deal will allow for the Board to remain in the grade two-listed building, the childhood home of Benjamin Disraeli, till early next year.

It is expected to relocate to Camden close to other leading communal organisations such as the UJIA.

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Gillian Merron - a good appointment

May 9, 2014

Gillian Merron’s gender ought to be entirely irrelevant. She has been appointed to her new position as CEO of the Board of Deputies on merit and through open competition. Instead of commenting on her gender, reaction to her appointment should be focused on her wide experience of government and politics.

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