Board of Deputies

The excess that brings access

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 1, 2011

What are we to make of Vivian Wineman's blunt admission to the Board of Deputies about British Jews' lack of influence over government policy? What conclusions are we to draw from this public acknowledgement that British Jews - or rather the organisations that claim they represent British Jews - have "good access" to government ministers but apparently no influence over them?

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Calls for Hamas to free Shalit after five years

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Human rights groups and Jewish organisations have reiterated calls for Hamas to release an Israeli soldier kidnapped five years ago.

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Brit critic is ejected from Board position

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

An Oxford student has been removed from her position on the Board of Deputies after she wrote an article calling for a ban on circumcision.

New West End Synagogue, a United Synagogue congregation, revoked Rebecca Steinfeld's seat at the Board as an under-35s observer after she referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian last week.

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Board president hits right note over mood music change

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

So the President of the Board of Deputies has said the leadership of the Jewish community has access but no influence. Isn't this just as it should be?

This newspaper and the Board are the first to cry foul when there is any suggestion from conspiracy theorists that the tiny British Jewish community can fix government policy on Israel or radical Islam.

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'Access - but no influence' says Board

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman has admitted the Jewish community has "no influence" over government policy and faces a testing time working to establish relationships with coalition ministers.

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Circumcision critic has Board links

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

An Oxford student who launched an attack on male circumcision and called for it to be banned, is an associate of the Board of Deputies, it has been revealed.

Rebecca Steinfeld, the under-35 observer for New West End Synagogue, referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian.

Time to ban male circumcision?

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Ayalon: Assad using anti-Israel protesters as 'cannon fodder'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

Israeli officials have said that the Syrian protesters who approached the border with Israel yesterday leading to gunfire were encouraged to do so by President Bashar Assad.

Danny Ayalon, the Deputy Foreign Minister, wrote on his Facebook page that President Assad was "using Palestinians in Syria as cannon fodder".

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UK urged to follow US and boycott Durban review

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

The US said on Wednesday that it would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September 2001.

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Board battles to rein in next generation

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The long-term future of the Board of Deputies could be decided in the next year, as efforts to engage with younger community members reach a critical point.

Attempts to identify future leaders of the Jewish community, and involve younger people in the Board's work, have led to a "battle" among senior Board members.

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L'chaim to William and Kate from British Jewry

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton have been wished a hearty mazel tov from British Jewry.

The Board of Deputies said they were sending "congratulations and every good wish" to the royal couple on "the joyous occasion of their marriage".

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