Board of Deputies

The challenge facing our community

By Vivian Wineman, March 6, 2014

Go back 60 years and our community looked very different from today. Then families were more traditional, people married earlier; Jews were more likely to attend shul although they were less likely to be strictly Orthodox; and there were fewer mixed-faith couples.

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All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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Questions over financial management at Board

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

A former senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies has demanded greater financial transparency to explain how it went into the red last year.

Jerry Lewis, the deputy for Hampstead Synagogue, was dissatisfied with the official explanation that the deficit had been caused by “one-off unanticipated staffing costs”.

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‘Hub’ dropped over Amia fears

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said he was “positive” about the possibility of sharing new headquarters with the Jewish Leadership Council “and I believe they are, too.”

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Board may resume its Oxfam collaboration

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

The Board of Deputies has left the door open to further collaboration with Oxfam despite widespread criticism of a joint project with the charity.

In an interview on Wednesday, Board President Vivian Wineman said that he would “not rule out a new project” with Oxfam despite the strong opposition to the partnership.

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National community survey: Orthodox and secular both need our help

By Vivian Wineman, February 7, 2014

While the initial results of the Jewish Policy Research were informative, some of the most instructive points were among the less obvious.

Two in particular were striking. First there is a move, particularly among the young, away from traditional religious categories, with many people brought up as traditionally religious now regarding themselves as secular or culturally Jewish.

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Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”

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Ban this man: Jobbik visit to UK is 'deplorable'

By Simon Rocker, January 23, 2014

Community leaders have demanded that Home Secretary Theresa May ban a scheduled address by the leader of the neo-Nazi Hungarian party, Jobbik, in London on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Board urges UK government to ban Jobbik leader

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2014

Jewish leaders have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to ban representatives of the far-right Hungarian Jobbik party from addressing a meeting in London on Sunday.

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Cameron in ‘valuable’ talks with communal leaders

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

David Cameron was urged to do “everything possible” to help bring peace to the Middle East, at a meeting with Jewish leaders in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister met the heads of organisations including the United Synagogue, Norwood and Reform Judaism to discuss domestic and foreign issues.

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