Board of Deputies

Benjamin: 'Timing is right' to leave the Board

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2013

The Board of Deputies has released a statement this morning over the departure of Jon Benjamin, its chief executive for the past eight years.

Deputies were told that Mr Benjamin had begun handing over his responsibilities to colleagues to ensure a "smooth handover" without "undue delay".


Oxfam has crossed ‘red line’ on Board project

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Oxfam’s continued affiliation with a Palestinian charity could jeopardise its joint anti-hunger project with the Board of Deputies, it can be revealed.

A Board committee concluded on Tuesday that Oxfam’s decision to continue funding the West Bank-based Miftah group had “crossed a red line” in the relationship between the Jewish organisation and the NGO.


Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin leaves

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Jon Benjamin, the chief executive of the Board of Deputies for the past eight years, is leaving the organisation, the JC has learned.

Mr Benjamin, who is 48 and came to the Board from the education fundraising charity British Ort, did not wish to comment at this stage.

But a statement from the Board on his departure is expected shortly.


Board of Deputies link with Oxfam stays despite Miftah blog

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2013

Oxfam’s continued support for a Palestinian charity that published a blog invoking the antisemitic blood libel will not spark the termination of a controversial food poverty programme run jointly with the Board of Deputies.


Minister warns against Muslim antisemitism in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

A government minister has spoken out against “antisemitism in the Muslim community” in Britain.

Baroness Warsi, the Minister for Faith and Communities, said that anti-Zionism was often a mask for anti-Jewish hatred.


Food standards officials ask for kosher advice after horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Food standards officials have asked the Jewish community for advice on food chain transparency and safety, following the horsemeat scandal.

A meeting between community leaders and government food experts had been intended as a way of informing Anglo-Jewry about the fallout from the horse meat fiasco.


Board of Deputies to vote on live-streaming

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2013

A decision whether to continue live streaming of Board of Deputies meetings will be taken next month.

There has been confusion among deputies about the broadcasting process following its introduction last year.

Deputies who do not want to be shown online have the option of speaking at a mic which cannot be heard outside the meeting room and from a position which is hidden from the camera.


Ed Miliband: 'I'm a Zionist and oppose boycotts of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ed Miliband has pledged to protect Jewish customs including brit milah and shechita if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at a Board of Deputies event the Labour leader said he was opposed to boycotts of Israel and warned of the need to be “ever-vigilant”against antisemitism.


Deputies to be told to behave

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

A code of conduct is to be created in an attempt to bring an end to unruly behaviour and bickering at Board of Deputies meetings.

Board leaders have decided to act after years of disruption to debates and verbal attacks both on deputies and executive members.


Lib Dems promise to deal with David Ward's latest comments about Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community have raised the question of MP David Ward’s string of comments about Jews during a meeting with Liberal Democrat chief whip Alastair Carmichael.