Board of Deputies

Big crowds at Closer to Israel parade

By Simon Rocker and Zoe Winograd, June 2, 2013

Thousands of people flocked to central London today for British Jewry’s biggest solidarity event with Israel for five years.

Closer to Israel, a celebration of the country’s 65th anniversary, began outside Hyde Park at midday, followed by a two-hour gathering in Trafalgar Square from 2pm.


Capitulation of the Deputies

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 27, 2013

'What goes around comes around" - so they say. I began writing this column 11 years ago. My debut appeared in the issue of March 1 2002. The topic I had chosen for my inaugural essay was the Board of Deputies of British Jews.


How Board is moving forward

By Vivian Wineman, May 26, 2013

Change is difficult. Everyone knows this, but few appreciate just how difficult until they are caught up in it. The Board of Deputies is in the process of radical change - and, inevitably, not everyone will accept or understand it.


Board of Deputies leader admits: We can do better

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has defended the Board of Deputies and predicted it will emerge “strengthened” following a period of “turbulence”.

In his final address to the Board, Lord Sacks praised the organisation’s work and paid tribute to former chief executive Jon Benjamin who left his post earlier this month.


No bullying allowed, says Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

It is the representative body of British Jewry, with more than 250 years of democratic debate and defending religious liberties to its name.

But the Board of Deputies has felt the need to issue its first code of conduct — warning deputies they must not engage in harassment, bullying or “unreasonable discrimination” during meetings.


Board of Deputies 'in chaos'

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

The former vice-president of the Board of Deputies, Jerry Lewis, has launched a scathing attack on its current leaders, saying “Vivian Wineman and his team are presiding over the rapid disintegration” of the organisation.


Toxic, weak and chaotic at the Board

By Jerry Lewis, May 17, 2013

The departure of Jon Benjamin as CEO of the Board of Deputies is not only welcome it is also, I believe, much overdue. He is one of the nicest guys around but the introduction of fresh blood at the Board cannot come soon enough to improve effectiveness across the organisation.


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.