Board of Deputies

'Cuts will push families into destitution'

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

The Board of Deputies has warned that the government's welfare reforms could push families into poverty.

Strictly Orthodox groups say that the proposal to limit child tax credit to only two children from 2017 would leave many families destitute.


Board of Deputies backs Queen after 'Nazi salute' footage

By Josh Jackman, July 19, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has condemned criticism of the Queen after a film of her giving a Nazi salute was revealed.

During a Board plenary on Sunday, Mr Arkush also spoke of the Royal Family's warm relations with the Jewish community.


Cross-communal group launches in protest at planned nationalist rally

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2015

A group founded to oppose a planned extremist protest “against Jewish privilege” has launched with a cross-communal event in Golders Green, north-west London.

Around 50 people attended the Golders Green Together event, with leaders from Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish organisations voicing their strong opposition to the proposed demonstration.


Celebration of diversity planned to counter extremist rally in Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

A day of action to celebrate diversity is being planned for Friday July 3, 24 hours before extremists are set to hold a rally in Golders Green against "Jewish privilege".

London Jewish Forum and the anti-fascist organisation Hope not Hate have jointly launched Golders Green Together as a show of unity against the rally.


Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.


We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.


Pragmatic leader who heads a diverse team

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

It may have been a long and hard campaign by the standards of Jewish community politics, but Jonathan Arkush's win will give him considerable personal authority when he becomes the 47th president of the Board of Deputies next month.


David Lammy says sorry to Jewish voters who lost faith in Labour

By Naomi Firsht, May 20, 2015

A Labour MP has apologised for his party’s failure to retain the support of the Jewish community in London.


A closely fought contest

By Simon Rocker, May 14, 2015

When the Board of Deputies' would-be presidents make their final pitch for votes on Sunday, they will have already taken part in four hustings in a fortnight.

No Jewish community election in recent history has been so closely fought or demanded such commitment from its candidates.


Bunfight over Board election

May 14, 2015

Now the Board of Deputies election has really begun to hot up - over an invitation to coffee and cake.

Presidential contender Laura Marks has asked all deputies to a Q &A reception in a hotel on Sunday morning immediately before the Board meeting to choose its next leader