Board of Deputies

Let’s rev up that pulpit power

By Shmuley Boteach, December 17, 2013

When Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies, challenged me to a public debate, I immediately accepted (we thought it would happen at this year’s Limmud, then logistics got in the way but I look forward to airing this critical dialogue soon).


Memories of Mandela: The day Nelson met the Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela spoke at a special Board of Deputies dinner in his honour in April 2000, telling guests that peace in the Middle East was essential.

The former South African president warned that nations could not survive on the strength of their armies alone.


Board has let David Ward ‘off the hook’

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

The community’s response to the latest controversy involving David Ward has been called into question amid claims the Board of Deputies scuppered efforts to secure disciplinary action against the Liberal Democrat MP.


The community's changing - the way we're represented must change too

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 22, 2013

The communal statistics for 2012 recently released by the Board of Deputies should come as no surprise to those who have kept a weather eye on the changing demographics of Britain’s Jewish populations.


Jewish community groups welcome lobbying bill delay

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

The government’s agreement to postpone a decision on new lobbying legislation has been welcomed by Jewish communal organisations.

Fears had been expressed in August that charities and other Jewish groups could cease to function if the plans to curb political lobbying became law.


Time to end the merger broiges

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2013

There is a course running at the new JW3 centre on “Great British Broigeses” about the quarrels that have blazed through Anglo-Jewish history.


Nebbishes should be represented too

October 24, 2013

British Jews may have a lot to learn from Israelis on gender equality, but at least we have now offered, for the first time, a position on the Board of Deputies to a representative of the up-to-80,000 Israelis living in Britain.


Chief Rabbi praises Board but laments disunity

By Charlotte Oliver, October 24, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis marked his first official appearance at a Board of Deputies plenary meeting on Sunday by stressing the need for “unity” among British Jews.


Anglican vicar admits offending Jews over web posts

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2013

An Anglican vicar has said he regrets posting website links which promoted Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.

Reverend Stephen Sizer said he accepted that his actions had offended the Jewish community and acknowledged he should have “taken more care” and “reflected on the choice of words more carefully”.


Renewed call for board/JLC merger after chief executive steps down

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2013

The president of Liberal Judaism has called on the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council to renew efforts to unite into a single body.

Lucian Hudson said that last week’s decision by JLC chief executive Jeremy Newmark to step down for health reasons created a new opportunity.