Board of Deputies

Community politics are not ghetto politics

By Martin Bright, January 10, 2013

One of the first meetings I had when I took the job as political editor of the JC was with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The chief executive and president were curious to know why a gentile had taken the job and who I believed I was writing for. At the time, I thought this a rather peculiar question as I thought one clue at least lay in the title of the newspaper.


Oxfam project in chaos after secret meeting

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

Chaos surrounds the Board of Deputies’ proposed project with Oxfam after a secret meeting aimed at rescuing the plan, which has drawn huge opposition from some deputies, ended unresolved.


Battle lines drawn over Board of Deputies's Oxfam links

By Marcus Dysch, January 3, 2013

The row over a joint Board of Deputies and Oxfam campaign is to continue with deputies due to vote on a motion opposed to the link-up. Opposition to the Grow Tatzmiach project has been raised by some deputies since it was launched by the Board in November.


Oxfam links: Why we are doing it

By Laura Marks, January 3, 2013

The “Grow/Tatzmiach Project” is innovative and forward-looking, involving 25 participants including young, dynamic deputies who will be taught campaigning techniques over a weekend of expert training, followed by a six month mentored project on world hunger.


Oxfam links: Why we shouldn’t

By Jonathan Hoffman, January 3, 2013

In November we learned from the JC that the Board had agreed to an Oxfam tie-up. Quite apart from annoyance at a fait accompli by the executive of a supposedly democratic body, we judged that many deputies would oppose this tie-up, however worthy the cause.


Tiny church we should support

By Jon Benjamin, December 21, 2012

A recent decision regarding the charitable status of a small church in Devon might not, at first sight, appear to have major consequences for the Jewish community, but the fallout has already led to a front-page headline in the Sunday Times and questions in Parliament.


Board of Deputies treasurer Brass tweets and deletes

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

The treasurer of the Board of Deputies has been rebuked for publishing two messages on Twitter which may have been in contempt of court.

Asylum judge Laurence Brass, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, made the remarks about a trial which is due to start in January next year.


Board of Deputies man accused of raping refugees

By Dan Goldberg, December 13, 2012

A prominent Jewish lawyer and refugee advocate will face court in Sydney next month on multiple charges of sexually assaulting four men.

David Bitel, 60, a former member of the executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, was arrested last week and charged with seven offences, including rape and indecent assault on four of his male clients.


Review will consider Board of Deputies’ ‘relevance’

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

A “serious self-evaluation” by the Board of Deputies will investigate whether the organisation is still relevant to Jewish life in Britain.

The review of the representative body of Anglo-Jewry was ordered by president Vivian Wineman and senior vice-president Laura Marks.


Board row over Oxfam link, but it will happen

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

The Board of Deputies is to press ahead with a joint anti-hunger campaign alongside Oxfam after rejecting criticism over the charity’s stance on Israel.

A motion to delay the Grow Tatzmiach project was put before the Board’s community issues division on Monday, but was defeated by 11 votes to none, with one abstention.