Board of Deputies

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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Neuberger stops LCP

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

An end-of-life care process used by the NHS is to be scrapped after a review led by Baroness Julia Neuberger.

The peer, who is senior rabbi at West London Synagogue, recommended that the Liverpool Care Pathway be phased out over the next 12 months and replaced by a personalised end of life care plan.

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Board of Deputies concern over Methodist Conference boycott plans

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

The Board of Deputies has expressed its concern after the Methodist Church's annual conference voted to investigate the "arguments for and against" a boycott of Israel.

Conference delegates in London had been expected to vote on a motion expressing concern over the "deteriorating situation in the West Bank".

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Vivian Wineman elected co-chair of Interfaith Network

By Zoe Winograd, July 3, 2013

Board of Deputies President Vivian Wineman has been elected co-chair of the Interfaith Network for the UK.

The organisation, founded in 1987, brings together groups and academic bodies from different faiths to develop positive interfaith relations.

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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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