Board of Deputies

Board may resume its Oxfam collaboration

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

The Board of Deputies has left the door open to further collaboration with Oxfam despite widespread criticism of a joint project with the charity.

In an interview on Wednesday, Board President Vivian Wineman said that he would “not rule out a new project” with Oxfam despite the strong opposition to the partnership.

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National community survey: Orthodox and secular both need our help

By Vivian Wineman, February 7, 2014

While the initial results of the Jewish Policy Research were informative, some of the most instructive points were among the less obvious.

Two in particular were striking. First there is a move, particularly among the young, away from traditional religious categories, with many people brought up as traditionally religious now regarding themselves as secular or culturally Jewish.

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Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”

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Ban this man: Jobbik visit to UK is 'deplorable'

By Simon Rocker, January 23, 2014

Community leaders have demanded that Home Secretary Theresa May ban a scheduled address by the leader of the neo-Nazi Hungarian party, Jobbik, in London on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Board urges UK government to ban Jobbik leader

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2014

Jewish leaders have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to ban representatives of the far-right Hungarian Jobbik party from addressing a meeting in London on Sunday.

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Cameron in ‘valuable’ talks with communal leaders

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

David Cameron was urged to do “everything possible” to help bring peace to the Middle East, at a meeting with Jewish leaders in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister met the heads of organisations including the United Synagogue, Norwood and Reform Judaism to discuss domestic and foreign issues.

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Board of Deputies 'manifesto' to assist European candidates

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

A draft “manifesto” aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest has been published by the Board of Deputies.

Published this week in preparation for May’s European elections, the 20-page document is intended to be a guide for MEPs.

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JLC and Board leaders hold unity talks

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2014

Representatives of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council met today to pursue talks about possible unification.

Discussions were briefly suspended in autumn following JLC complaints that it had not been consulted by the Board over the formation of a new parliamentary group on British Jews.

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Police search Lord Janner's home in child abuse investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

The home of Lord Janner has been searched by police in connection with allegations of historic child abuse.

Leicestershire Police searched a property owned by the former Board of Deputies president in the London borough of Barnet as "part of an ongoing criminal inquiry".

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Board of Deputies refuses to lobby Chinese over Judaism

By Simon Rocker, December 20, 2013

The Board of Deputies has rejected a call to lobby Chinese authorities to recognise Judaism as one of the country’s official religions.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, had urged the move after meeting Chinese Jews earlier this year.

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