Board of Deputies

Board of Deputies: we’ll listen to merger concerns

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2013

Board of Deputies leaders have moved to reassure grass-roots members that a merger with the Jewish Leadership Council is not a “done deal” as they embark on an extensive consultation over the plans.

The broad outlines of a unified organisation, revealed by the JC in recent weeks, were presented to deputies at its last plenary meeting.

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Board of Deputies welcomes ban on US anti-Islamist activist

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Jewish communal groups have backed Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision this week to ban a controversial American activist from entering Britain.

Pamela Geller had been due to take part in an English Defence League march in Woolwich, south London, on Saturday — Armed Forces Day. The march follows the attack which killed Drummer Lee Rigby last month.

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Board acted with gay abandon

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 25, 2013

It's a plucky commentator indeed who sets out to criticise the editor on whom he relies for his weekly dole. But this is what I am about to do, and I'm about to do it primarily in order to correct a serious misconception that I fear is widespread within British Jewry.

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Luciana Berger pledges to help women follow in her footsteps

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2013

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP said this week that she feels a sense of "responsibility" to lead the way for more women to enter leadership positions in politics, communal life and business.

"We have an issue that we don’t have enough women in positions of leadership. That’s not just in the Jewish community," she said.

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Post Woolwich, we must stand together

By Mohammed Amin, June 14, 2013

The horror of May 22 is seared into my brain. How can I forget watching a murderer spouting on about “an eye for an eye” while his hands dripped with the blood of a young serviceman hacked to death on the peaceful streets of Woolwich?

Sadly, far-right elements have used the murder to justify attacks on Muslim individuals and institutions.

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Board warns of ‘enemies’ spying on its meetings

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2013

Live online broadcasting of Board of Deputies meetings has provided greater scrutiny of the organisation’s work, but could allow “hostile activists” to spy on the community.

A decision on whether to continue the streaming of meetings is due to be taken by deputies this Sunday following a controversial trial of video technology over the past year.

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Deputies welcome — and oppose — Board merger with JLC

By Simon Rocker, June 13, 2013

A proposed merger of the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council could result in the Board president being given greater powers.

One idea which the JC understands has been floated in talks between the two organisations is that the president in future could hand-pick his own cabinet team, rather than having officers directly elected by ordinary members of the Board.

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Dignity and sense

June 6, 2013

Only one figure emerges with credit from this week's unedifying intra-community row over gay marriage: Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies.

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'Shame'-sex marriage? Rabbis clash over Bill

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues this week launched a blistering attack on Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman for failing to back his interfaith adviser in opposing same-sex marriage.

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Board adviser's view on same-sex marriage 'does not reflect offical policy'

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has made it clear that a letter co-signed by its interfaith adviser Rabbi Natan Levy, which calls on the government to halt legislation to allow same-sex marriage, does not reflect its policy.

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