Board of Deputies

Highlighting inequality

March 5, 2015

Social policy expert Baroness Ruth Lister has told a Board of Deputies forum that women remain at greater risk of economic hardship.

The baroness - professor of social policy at Loughborough University - was addressing a poverty and diversity discussion at the House of Commons, convened by the Board's women's and social action groups.


Board bids for £400,000 grant to promote social integration

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2015

The Board of Deputies has joined Muslim and Hindu groups in a consortium to bid for a £400,000 government grant to promote social integration.

An application went in this week from the Board and its partners to run the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Strengthening Faith Institutions programme.


Prized guy from the Board

February 26, 2015

Board of Deputies public affairs director Phil Rosenberg has received the Ralph Goldman Award for emerging Jewish leaders from the World Jewish Congress.


Board of Deputies delegation visits French Jewish group

By Josh Jackman, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies representatives have visited French counterparts to demonstrate solidarity following last month’s terrorist attack in Paris in which four Jews were killed.

During the meeting with Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Crif) on Wednesday, the organisations pledged to work together to tackle online hate crimes and interfaith relations.


Jonathan Arkush announces bid for Board of Deputies presidency

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush has announced he will stand in the organisation’s presidential election in May.

Mr Arkush, who has served as chair of the Board’s defence and group relations division for the past six years, said he had the “extensive experience” necessary for the top job.


Board of Deputies treasurer 'bursting to criticise Israeli administration'

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Outgoing Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has aimed a parting shot at the Israeli government, saying that he has “been bursting to criticise the Israeli administration” for six years.

Mr Brass will stand down from the executive because he “could not contemplate another three years of not being able to speak freely”, he told a Board plenary meeting on Sunday.


Mail man wins more Board backers

By Simon Rocker, February 12, 2015

Daily Mail City editor Alex Brummer has won the backing of two more former presidents of the Board of Deputies in his campaign to lead the organisation.

Jo Wagerman, the Board’s only female head, from 2000 to 2003, and Lionel Kopelowitz , president from 1985 to 1991, have come out for Mr Brummer.


Board anger as Ofcom rejects complaints against Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

The Board of Deputies has condemned Ofcom’s decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.


Words on another Abraham

By Simon Rocker, January 29, 2015

It seems the Board of Deputies was well-versed in the art of diplomatic correspondence long before the days of Twitter. Take this 150-year-old artefact, recently received by board president Vivian Wineman: a letter of condolence sent to the United States from past-president Sir Moses Montefiore following Abraham Lincoln's assassination.


Backing for debate over Hitler book sale

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

An MP's call for a national debate on the sale of offensive literature such as Mein Kampf has been welcomed by the Board of Deputies.

Labour's Thomas Docherty said he wanted to spark discussion about the book's availability after he noticed its commercial success while searching the history section of Amazon's website before his 40th birthday on Wednesday.