Board of Deputies

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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First bets for the Board race

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

There are still four months to go but an online book has already been opened on the Board of Deputies' presidential election.

Paddy Power's early favourite is Daily Mail journalist Alex Brummer, one of the Board's three vice-presidents, at 3 to 2 on.

Senior vice-president Laura Marks is at 11/8, with the third VP Jonathan Arkush at 7/1.

So far Mr Brummer is the only one to have announced

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Board of Deputies launches video to recruit young people

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The Board of Deputies has launched a video via Twitter in a bid to get young British Jews to join the organisation.

The three-minute “Why Be A Deputy” film, made by videographer Josh Newman, encourages people to stand in the Board’s elections in May.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis welcomes Theresa May’s promise to defend UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May’s pledge to defend Britain’s Jewish community.

Mrs May told a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday that the government would fight to keep Jews safe in this country.

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