Board of Deputies

JLC's sinister march to power

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 8, 2012

Last month, the Board of Deputies witnessed a blistering attack upon the Jewish Leadership Council by none other than the Board's own senior vice-president, Jonathan Arkush.

The deputies had been considering the circumstances in which a communal initiative to meet the Prime Minister had been hijacked by the JLC, whose spokespersons far outnumbered those of the Board.


Arkush was driven by passion, not cynicism

By Alex Brummer, March 1, 2012

First, a confession: I was not present when Jonathan Arkush delivered his excoriating critique of the JLC. After sitting through a couple of hours of procedural gobbledegook about votes for the under-35s, it seemed to me time to return to my day job.

But unlike other BoD members, I did have exclusive access to Mr Arkush as we sat next to each other on a flight to Israel.


Board man who blasted 'unaccountable' JLC forced to make humiliating apology

By Simon Rocker, March 1, 2012

The senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, Jonathan Arkush, who launched an outspoken attack on the Jewish Leadership Council a week ago, this week made a public apology.

In a letter circulated to deputies by the Board, Mr Arkush said that he accepted his remarks were "inappropriate". He blamed them on being "unwell".


I'm sorry: the Arkush letter

March 1, 2012

Following last week's JC coverage, I felt it important that I clarify my recent remarks.

The JLC plays a vital role in the infrastructure of our community. It provides a much-needed vehicle for collective strategic planning and action, and has done a huge amount to enhance advocacy work for our community. The JLC has added immense value to all of its members, including the Board of Deputies.


Second woman enters vice-presidency race

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

A second woman is to stand for the vice-presidency of the Board of Deputies following Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks's decision to enter the ring.

South Hampstead Synagogue member Denise Lester, who has 12 years' experience on the Board, will contest one of the three vice-presidential posts in the spring elections.

Two of the current vice-presidents, Jonathan Arkush and Jerry Lewis, are eli


Board vice-president's attack on JLC prompts open warfare

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

An extraordinary row over who leads British Jewry broke out this week after the senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, Jonathan Arkush, launched a scathing attack on the Jewish Leadership Council.


Laura marks her Board card for May polls

By Simon Rocker, February 9, 2012

Laura Marks, head of a commission to encourage more women to lead the Jewish community, will stand for election as vice-president of the Board of Deputies in May.

But controversy was brewing this week over a rule change proposed by a rival candidate, which would effectively scupper her bid.

Ms Marks, founder of Mitzvah Day and head of the commission on women set up by the Jewish Leadership C


Board reject Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2012

A proposal to boycott the Guardian newspaper has been rejected by the Board of Deputies.

After debating the newspaper's reporting of Jewish and Israel issues, deputies at Sunday's plenary meeting chose to not hold a vote on the motion which had urged "all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it".


Board of Deputies is courting the youth vote

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

Board of Deputies joint vice-president Jerry Lewis has launched an initiative to give the vote to under-35s acting as observers before the next triennial elections in summer.

Three years ago, the Board introduced a scheme enabling synagogues or organisations that already have a seat at the Board to send an additional representative aged under 35 as an observer without an additional affiliation


Board urges FCO to police Palestinian site

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Board of Deputies has clashed with the Foreign Office over the content of articles on the website of the Palestinian Mission in Britain.

President Vivian Wineman said the Board was "pretty angry" that the Foreign Office had refused to take action over the mission's promotion of work by Israeli-born antisemite Gilad Atzmon.

The website publishes news and information about the Palestinian