Board of Deputies

Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.

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A win for Reform, not women

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 7, 2012

The sweeping election of Laura Marks as senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies of [some] British Jews is certainly a landmark and possibly a signpost.

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New Board of Deputies team allots portfolios

By Simon Rocker, June 7, 2012

Laura Marks, the new senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, will take charge of its community affairs division as the new top team gets down to work.

Alex Brummer will head international affairs, while Jonathan Arkush will continue for a second triennial as chairman of the defence division.

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Board of Deputies launches British Council complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The Board of Deputies has protested to the British Council over the funding of last month’s Palestinian literary festival which it claimed supports a boycott of Israel.

Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin, in a letter to the council’s chief executive Martin Davidson, said it was “shocked” at the decision to fund the event.

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New team at Board of Deputies face fresh challenges

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

"It's an upset," one old-timer declared after Sunday's election results. Not that Laura Marks was elected, but that she had captured the top vice-presidential slot barely four months after becoming a deputy. Her election clearly signals a widespread desire for a breath of fresh air.

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Mitzvah Day's Laura Marks sweeps the Board of Deputies poll

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The head of a campaign to encourage more women into Jewish leadership roles set the perfect example on Sunday when she topped the poll for vice-president of the Board of Deputies. Laura Marks, founder of the cross-communal social action event Mitzvah Day, was elected senior vice-president - just four months after becoming a deputy.

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Lieberman visit triggers bitter community clash

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The Reform Movement has stood by its attack on visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman after coming under fire at the Board of Deputies.

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Laura Marks romps to victory in Board elections

By Simon Rocker, May 20, 2012

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks became the new senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, after topping the poll in Sunday's election.

Daily Mail City editor Alex Brummer, vice-chairman of the Board's international division came second, with the third vice-presidential place clinched by Jonathan Arkush, senior V-P in the past triennial.

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Israel activists tackle Co-op boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Grass-roots supporters of Israel have pledged to wage a “long campaign” in an effort to overturn the Co-operative supermarket’s refusal to stock produce from West Bank settlements.

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Manchester health trust 'Israel boycott' faces legal challenge

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 17, 2012

The NHS trust that bowed to a union's Israel boycott and cancelled an Israeli speaker is likely to face legal action for breaking anti-discrimination law.

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