Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush to meet Vladimir Putin

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush is to be part of an international delegation that will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week.


We will work for more women leaders in community, says Board president Jonathan Arkush

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

The Board of Deputies will raise the issue of gender imbalance on communal panels during its next constitutional review, Jonathan Arkush has said.


Sex abuse case against Lord Janner is dropped

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

Criminal proceedings against Lord Janner over sex abuse charges will be dropped because of his death, a judge at the Old Bailey has ruled.

Lord Janner was accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys dating back to the 1960s.
His family strongly denied the allegations.


Huge turnout expected for national pro-Israel rally in Manchester

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

A national pro-Israel rally supported by all the major communal organisations is expected to attract around 2,000 people when it takes place later this month.

The “Say No To Terror: Stand With Israel” event organised by the North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) will be held in Manchester on January 31, as a response to recent terror attacks in the Jewish state.


Campaigners ‘very disappointed’ over lack of women in JLC Downing Street delegation

By Rosa Doherty, January 14, 2016

Members of a campaign promoting gender equality in Jewish leadership have said they are “very disappointed” that only one woman was included in the Jewish Leadership Council’s delegation to Downing Street this week.

Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady was part of an otherwise all-male team of 12 leaders who held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.


Board urges BBC to give police details of antisemitic caller to phone-in

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the BBC to hand over to the police details of a radio caller who made antisemitic accusations throughout a 13-minute on-air conversation.

The caller, referred to as “Andy from St. Margaret’s”, told BBC Radio London host Simon Lederman that “they are trying to control us more and more and more.


Lord Janner dies after long illness

By JC Reporter, December 19, 2015

Lord Janner has died at the age of 87.

In a statement, his family said: "Lord Janner died peacefully on Saturday, 19th December after a long illness.

"He will be deeply missed."

A former Board of Deputies president, from 1978-84, and long-serving MP, Lord Janner was a leading figure in Anglo-Jewry for more than 40 years.


New chief appointed for University Jewish Chaplaincy

By Naomi Firsht, December 15, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ parliamentary affairs officer Sophie Dunoff has been appointed as chief operating officer at University Jewish Chaplaincy.

The organisation that provides chaplain services for students across the country made the announcement on Tuesday.


Jeremy Corbyn to meet Board leaders in 'acid test' talks

By Josh Jackman, December 13, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has announced he will meet Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking at the Board plenary meeting on Sunday, Mr Arkush revealed that he and chief executive Gillian Merron had accepted an invitation for a face-to-face meeting with the Labour Party leader in the second week of February.


Board meets Justice Minister over review of coroner services

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2015

A delegation from the Board of Deputies has met Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage to discuss coroner services.

The meeting was part of an eight-week review into how the system has fared since a chief coroner was appointed in 2013, including whether services now better meet faith requirements.