Board of Deputies

Board and AJA leaders await their audience with the Queen

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

A joint delegation from the Board of Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Assocation is to visit Buckingham Palace next week to present a loyal address to the Queen for her diamond jubilee.

The address will be delivered in a scroll in the throne room and a reception will follow the presentation.

It was the AJA which organised the loyal address given to Queen Victoria on her diamond jubilee in 1897.


Replace the Board and the JLC

By Peter Sheldon, March 9, 2012

The unedifying communal leadership squabbles of the last couple of weeks should give us all cause for concern. We must not allow the uncomfortable status quo to remain. The creation and subsequent enlargement of the Jewish Leadership Council, complete with a costly secretariat, has created unnecessary but inevitable tensions.


No more Board action on Arkush

March 8, 2012

The Board of Deputies is unlikely to take further action against its senior vice-president Jonathan Arkush over his outspoken attack on the Jewish Leadership Council.

Mr Arkush issued a public letter of apology for the outburst, which had been strongly criticised by Board president Vivian Wineman and his fellow-officers.


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