Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies assists religious workers in Yom Tov disputes

By Simon Rocker, September 28, 2012

The Board of Deputies has received an unusually high number of requests for help this year from Jews having trouble taking time off for festivals.

To date 12 people have approached the Board. One reason may be because all seven Orthodox Yomtovim, from Rosh Hashanah to Simchat Torah, fall on a weekday this year.


Board of Deputies secures Jordanian monarch

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

The JC has learned that the guests of honour at the Board of Deputies’ annual dinner in November will be King Abdullah of Jordan - following in the footsteps of his father, King Hussein, who attended the Board’s annual dinner several years ago.

The dinner’s theme will be
multi-culturalism, interfaith and world peace.


Board of Deputies anger as South Africa labels Israel 'occupier' state

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move, which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.


Board of Deputies' Co-op protest bears fruit

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2012

For the first time, pro-Israel protesters have been invited to meet senior officials at the Co-operative Movement to discuss its boycott of select Israeli companies after they held a peaceful demonstration.


Board challenge to Oxfam

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Oxfam has defended its position on Israel following criticism from the Board of Deputies.

A Board delegation, led by president Vivian Wineman, met the charity's chief executive Barbara Stocking and Middle East regional director to discuss its approach to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.


Mayor of London Boris Johnson urged to take down bus ‘hate’ ads

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

London’s public transport authority has said it will review its advertising policy after protests against a poster campaign on buses promoting an anti-Israel event next Friday.


My Week: Jonathan Arkush

By Jonathan Arkush, August 7, 2012

● The week begins rather too early, with a pick-up at 2 am to Liverpool for the early flight to Belfast. I am booked in at BBC's Northern Ireland studio to debate circumcision on Sunday Morning Live. A court in Cologne has decided that the circumcision of a four-year-old Muslim was an assault and brit milah is once again in the spotlight.


Women and young people advance in Board elections

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

A campaign to change the face of the Board of Deputies was celebrating this week after helping to secure more seats for women and young people on Board committees.

Ten of the candidates backed by Changing the Board, a lobby group set up this year, won places in a poll which saw many veteran deputies voted off.


Board of Deputies' anniversary yields £112K surplus

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

The Board of Deputies’ 250th anniversary celebrations yielded a financial dividend with fundraising events producing a surplus of £112,000 last year.


Board of Deputies' president 'too harsh' on Church of England

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

The Board of Deputies has been criticised by its former interfaith officer for its reaction to last week’s Church of England Synod vote on Israel.

Board president Vivian Wineman accused the Synod of approving an “inflammatory and partisan” volunteer programme on the West Bank.