Board of Deputies

Board merger talks still on despite JLC row

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

Merger talks between the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council are due to resume the week after Rosh Hashanah despite the row between them over a new political group.

JLC leaders were furious last month at not being consulted over the Board’s decision to form the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, set to launch in the autumn.

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Lobbying legislation brings communal fears for security and shechita

By Marcus Dysch, August 29, 2013

Senior community figures fear that Jewish organisations could cease to function if government plans to curb political lobbying become law.

An internal Jewish Leadership Council briefing paper, seen by the JC, warns its members of the implications of legislation aimed at regulating charities’ political campaigning before general elections.

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Twenty-five MPs pledge to join Parliamentary group

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

More than 25 MPs and Lords have pledged to sign up to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews.

President of the Board of Deputies Vivian Wineman said: “We are very gratified by the speed and enthusiasm of the uptake. This is clearly an idea whose time has come.”

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Sacks trust set up to ‘inspire a generation’

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

Former Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald is to chair a new trust set up to support the work of Lord Sacks after he retires as Chief Rabbi.

The Covenant & Conversation Trust, named after Lord Sacks’s series of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion, will promote “inspirational leadership”, develop educational material and support interfaith understanding.

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'Christian Limmud' offers platform to anti-Israel Jew

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

A pro-Palestinian platform is to be launched later this month at a Christian festival, whose invitation to an American Jewish critic of Israel to speak has already troubled the Council of Christians and Jews and Board of Deputies.

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Board bid to get women talking at communal events

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

Jewish leaders have backed an attempt to reduce the number of male-only panels of speakers at communal events.

The issue was brought to light by Women in Jewish Leadership — a campaign group backed by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council.

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Board of Deputies' arrogance

August 8, 2013

Whatever merit the idea of an All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews might have — and there is a good case to be made for it — the Board of Deputies’ role in its formation is a textbook example of how not to go about such a project.

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Tension as Board of Deputies backs new Parliamentary Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

The creation of a new parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues has brought long-simmering tensions between the Board of Deputies and other communal organisations to the boil.

On Wednesday the Board announced that it would form the secretariat to a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, to launch next month.

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Board of Deputies warns of cash deficit

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

The Board of Deputies could face a financial shortfall in the coming year, according to predictions based on its latest accounts.

Treasurer Laurence Brass revealed a revised forecast of this year’s budget had shown a “likely deficit”.

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Fears for kosher kids raised over school lunch plan

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Concerns over the provision of kosher lunches for school pupils have been dismissed by the Department for Education.

The Board of Deputies said Jewish pupils at schools without kosher catering must be allowed to continue to take packed lunches.

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