Board of Deputies

Concern growing over Facebook Third Intifada page

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

The Community Security Trust (CST) and the Board of Deputies have added their names to the growing list of individuals and organisations calling for Facebook to ban a page deemed “a call to arms” for Palestinian terrorists.

The creators of the page are urging violent uprisings on May 15 or Nakba Day, the date on which Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel.


Jersualem mayor: Life must go on after bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

The mayor of Jerusalem has called on those living in the city to return to normal life “as quickly as possible” rather than give in to terrorists and live in fear.


Board of Deputies defends descision on two-state solution

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies, defended its position on Israel in a meeting with critics in London on Wednesday night.

It was attended by 90 of the more than 1,000 signatories of an online petition calling on the Board to declare explicit support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Double summer time plans put on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

Plans to change Britain’s clocks to make dawn and dusk an hour later have been put on hold by the government.

The controversial proposal to bring UK clocks into line with Europe has been omitted from a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) policy paper, published today.


Reform on Board for birthday

March 3, 2011

To celebrate the Board of Deputies' 250th anniversary, the Movement for Reform Judaism and West London Synagogue co-hosted an interfaith Shabbat.

Led by West London rabbis Debbie Young-Somers, Danny Burkeman and Helen Freeman, it attracted a diverse congregation of 400, including past and present Board leaders and represenatives from a number of embassies.


Jewish concerns over clock change plan

February 24, 2011

The Board of Deputies has warned of the "detrimental effect" on religious life if plans to make dawn and dusk an hour later are adopted.


UK pushes for two states 'by September'

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

The Board of Deputies has asked for a meeting with Foreign Secretary William Hague amid concern that the UK government holds Israel responsible for the deadlock in the Middle East peace process and is


Wineman's olive branch in Israel row

By Simon Rocker, February 3, 2011

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman has offered to meet signatories of a petition calling on the Board to declare support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

More than 1,000 people signed an online letter after Deputies last month rejected a resolution in support of two states which had been proposed by its executive.

The petition was organised by Hannah Weisfeld, who is planning the launch of a new Israel campaign group inspired by the American J Street.

Ms Weisfeld said the signatories included many "professional and lay leaders of our community".


JLC trip: hackles rose

By Simon Rocker, January 20, 2011

Ironically, the Board of Deputies leaders had never intended its position on Israel to become a matter of controversy. They had agreed Sunday's debate largely in response to deputies champing at the bit to express their opinion of the outspoken criticisms of Israeli policy made by UJIA chairman, and JLC executive committee chairman, Mick Davis two months ago.

Mr Davis's intervention served only to increase suspicions among some deputies that the JLC was pursuing an independent foreign policy which undercut the role of the Board.


Deputies hardly covered in glory

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2011

Two months after Mick Davis's comments rocked the community, the Board of Deputies finally found time to discuss the fallout and landed itself in a pickle entirely of its own making.

With ill-feeling about the role of the JLC and general unease over Vivian Wineman's stewardship, there was always the potential for Sunday's Israel debate to spill over into wider squabbling.

Many deputies are erudite political and business leaders, but too many are out of touch with the modern world and vastly overestimate the Board's influence at home and abroad.