Board of Deputies

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Candidates face Board hustings

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

The way is clear for Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman to serve a second three-year term after nominations closed last Friday without a challenger.

But, as predicted in the JC, there will be five candidates contesting the three vice-presidential posts - sitting officers Jonathan Arkush and Jerry Lewis will be up against Laura Marks, Alex Brummer and Denise Lester.

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Vice-presidency race hots up at the Board

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

At least five candidates will contest the three Board of Deputies vice-president posts at elections on Sunday fortnight.

But Board president Vivian Wineman is not expected to face a challenge for a second three-year term when nominations close today.

While serving vice-presidents Jonathan Arkush and Jerry Lewis seek re-election, Daily Mail city editor Alex Brummer, family solicitor Denise Le