Board of Deputies

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


Board names educator

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

Sara Leviten has joined the Board of Deputies as its new education policy and projects manager.

Ms Leviten's wealth of communal experience includes previous roles as provincial director of the Association for Jewish Youth and youth and student director of the Reform movement.

More recently, as a community development officer for Haringey Council, she has aided the local Charedi community.


Fiasco sheds light on New Order

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 14, 2011

On this page on July 29 I offered an analysis of the lecture given to the Board of Deputies by Mick Davis, UJIA chair and chief trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council. I explained that in his address Davis had mapped out the New Order that he and the JLC intended to impose upon British Jewry.


Board of Deputies woos under 35s

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

More must be done to encourage younger members of the community to join the Board of Deputies, according to the 250-year-old organisation's own executive officers.

President Vivian Wineman, senior vice-president Jonathan Arkush, and chief executive Jon Benjamin have acknowledged that greater efforts must be made to recognise the talents and contribution of younger Jews.


Saving the Board

November 3, 2011

It is encouraging that the Board of Deputies has at last recognised that it needs to take action – fast – to do something to change its age profile. It is a remarkable achievement for the Board to have survived for over 250 years.


Ken Livingstone: Board of Deputies gave me 'grief'

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reflected on his fraught relationship with British Jewry in his newly-published memoirs.

In You Can't Say That, Mr Livingstone details long-running disputes with the Board of Deputies, explains his views on Israel, and recalls the infamous evening when he told a Jewish journalist he was "just like a concentration camp guard".


Rabbi backs down over Big Tent

By Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The Orthodox organiser of an Israel solidarity conference in Manchester has backed down after being warned that his refusal to invite Progressive rabbis as speakers risked provoking a new religious rift in the community.


Board warns it may not back Big Tent

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

The Board of Deputies has threatened to withdraw its support for a Manchester Israel advocacy conference unless organisers assure it that both Orthodox and Progressive voices will be given a platform.

The vice-president of Manchester's Jewish Representative Council, Mike Samuels, has already expressed his anger at the suggestion there will be a "no-platform policy for Progressive Jews" at the B