Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies new chief executive revealed

By Simon Rocker, May 7, 2014

EXCLUSIVE

The Board of Deputies has appointed former Labour minister Gillian Merron as its new chief executive.

Ms Merron, 55, who served as the MP for Lincoln for 13 years until she lost her seat in the 2010 election, joined the board of Liberal Judaism two years ago and was appointed a vice-president of the Jewish Leadership Council last year.

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Board of Deputies treasurer ‘shocked’ by visit to West Bank

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2014

Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has said he was horrified at what he witnessed during a visit to a West Bank village, describing it as an “eye-opener”.

Mr Brass, who was spending Pesach in Israel, took part in a private capacity in a one-day trip organised by Yachad UK and led by a guide from the anti-occupation Israeli army veterans’ group, Breaking the Silence.

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Senior Board officer to stand for Labour Party

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2014

The Board of Deputies’ director of public affairs, Phil Rosenberg, is entering the political arena as a Labour candidate in this month’s local elections.

He will be fighting for a seat in the Liberal Democrat-held West Hampstead ward in the London borough of Camden.

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Senior Board of Deputies members oppose appointment of new chief executive

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2014

Senior members of the Board of Deputies are opposed to the appointment of a new chief executive until the outcome of merger talks with the Jewish Leadership Council is clear.

The Board is believed to have narrowed its search down to two names, with a further round of interviews due to take place today.

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Leading QC to advise on Board of Deputies-JLC merger

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

One of the country’s top legal brains has been asked to advise on the proposed merger of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council.

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, who was knighted three years ago, is an expert on democracy and constitutional matters.

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Watch: Board of Deputies Leadership Conference

March 17, 2014
The Board of Deputies held a full day conference at UCL on Sunday, Vision 20 20: Leading British Jewry into the Future, examining the future strategies for the leadership of UK Jewry. The event, which was co-sponsored by The JC and held in association with UCL's Institute for Jewish Studies, featured talks by Board President Vivian Wineman, Chief Executive of Jewish Care, Simon Morris,

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The challenge facing our community

By Vivian Wineman, March 6, 2014

Go back 60 years and our community looked very different from today. Then families were more traditional, people married earlier; Jews were more likely to attend shul although they were less likely to be strictly Orthodox; and there were fewer mixed-faith couples.

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All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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Questions over financial management at Board

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

A former senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies has demanded greater financial transparency to explain how it went into the red last year.

Jerry Lewis, the deputy for Hampstead Synagogue, was dissatisfied with the official explanation that the deficit had been caused by “one-off unanticipated staffing costs”.

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‘Hub’ dropped over Amia fears

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said he was “positive” about the possibility of sharing new headquarters with the Jewish Leadership Council “and I believe they are, too.”

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