Board of Deputies

Board president Jonathan Arkush urges EU: 'Focus on fighting extremism, not labelling products from settlements'

By Josh Jackman, November 15, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on the European Union to focus on fighting extremism instead of labelling products from Israeli settlements.

In the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris on Friday which killed 129 people and injured hundreds more, Mr Arkush also warned the community not to think ill of all Muslims.


Board opposes 'anti-family' welfare cut

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2015

The Board of Deputies and strictly Orthodox charity Interlink have joined a coalition of Christian groups in opposing welfare cuts, which they say will hit large families.

A briefing paper prepared for the House of the Lords, which is due to discuss the proposal next week, describes the measures as "fundamentally anti-family".


Shul back on Board

October 29, 2015

Catford and Bromley United Synagogue is to rejoin the Board of Deputies seven months after quitting the organisation because it did not think it was "good value".

Chair of the south-London shul, Joe Burchell, said the change of heart had followed discussions with senior Board vice-president Richard Verber, "who clearly appreciated that the Board of Deputies needed to modernise the way it engage


Far-right party founder from Ukraine welcomed in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

A leading British think-tank has defended its decision to invite a far-right party founder to speak at an event in London this week.


Limit Palestinian diplomatic freedoms if they don't condemn violence, urges Jonathan Arkush

By Josh Jackman, October 18, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has asked the Foreign Secretary to curtail Palestinian diplomatic privileges if they do not condemn violence against Israelis.

Mr Arkush said he had written to Philip Hammond in the wake of a series of attacks in which seven Israelis have been killed.


Baroness Williams stresses importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Baroness Williams stressed the importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives in Britain in the wake of the increasing violence in Israel.


Communal groups unite for protest outside Palestinian mission over Israel violence

By Josh Jackman, October 12, 2015

Communal organisations including the Board of Deputies and the Zionist Federation (ZF) are planning a rally outside the Palestinian embassy to protest against the surge in violence in Israel.


Protest planned outside Palestinian mission after terror in Israel

By Josh Jackman, October 9, 2015

Communal organisations in the UK are planning a protest outside the Palestinian mission following the recent violence in Israel.

The Board of Deputies, Zionist Federation, Sussex Friends of Israel, We Believe In Israel and Israel Advocacy Movement are organising a vigil to commemorate the victims, where they will also call on the Palestinian Authority to condemn attacks on Israelis.


Community urged to lobby MPs on climate change

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2015

Community members have been urged to lobby their local MPs over climate change.

The call came at the Board of Deputies’ first ever forum on the issue.

Synagogue members were also urged to raise climate change at meetings of their shul boards.


Climate debate defended

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

Board of Deputies vice-president Sheila Gewolb has rejected criticisms of its climate change forum.

JC columnist Geoffrey Alderman attacked the event planned as a precursor to the United Nations climate change conference in Paris at the end of this year.

Ms Gewolb said it was important to "have an awareness" of the issues surrounding climate change.