Board of Deputies

Cross-communal group launches in protest at planned nationalist rally

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2015

A group founded to oppose a planned extremist protest “against Jewish privilege” has launched with a cross-communal event in Golders Green, north-west London.

Around 50 people attended the Golders Green Together event, with leaders from Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish organisations voicing their strong opposition to the proposed demonstration.


Celebration of diversity planned to counter extremist rally in Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

A day of action to celebrate diversity is being planned for Friday July 3, 24 hours before extremists are set to hold a rally in Golders Green against "Jewish privilege".

London Jewish Forum and the anti-fascist organisation Hope not Hate have jointly launched Golders Green Together as a show of unity against the rally.


Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.


We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.


Pragmatic leader who heads a diverse team

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

It may have been a long and hard campaign by the standards of Jewish community politics, but Jonathan Arkush's win will give him considerable personal authority when he becomes the 47th president of the Board of Deputies next month.


David Lammy says sorry to Jewish voters who lost faith in Labour

By Naomi Firsht, May 20, 2015

A Labour MP has apologised for his party’s failure to retain the support of the Jewish community in London.


A closely fought contest

By Simon Rocker, May 14, 2015

When the Board of Deputies' would-be presidents make their final pitch for votes on Sunday, they will have already taken part in four hustings in a fortnight.

No Jewish community election in recent history has been so closely fought or demanded such commitment from its candidates.


Bunfight over Board election

May 14, 2015

Now the Board of Deputies election has really begun to hot up - over an invitation to coffee and cake.

Presidential contender Laura Marks has asked all deputies to a Q &A reception in a hotel on Sunday morning immediately before the Board meeting to choose its next leader


Our future must be built on respect

By Vivian Wineman, May 14, 2015

On May 31, when I step down as President of the Board of Deputies I shall do so with mixed feelings. It will be a pleasure to regain control of my life, to attempt to realise some lifelong ambitions and, above all, to focus more on my much cherished but long-suffering family.


Laura Marks: 'brave leaders change their mind'

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2015

Laura Marks has defended herself as a “brave, decisive leader” after earlier being accused of “flip-flopping” by one of her rivals to be president for Board of Deputies.