Board of Deputies

Ambassador Gould: Board must engage Israel critics

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

The British ambassador to Israel has intervened in the row over the Board of Deputies’ joint food poverty project with Oxfam, telling friends of Israel they should do more to engage with those who are its critics.

Matthew Gould’s comments come as weeks of opposition to the Grow/Tatzmiach leadership programme threaten to come to a head at a Board plenary meeting on Sunday.

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David Cameron reassures Jewish community leaders

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has reassured Jewish community leaders of the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel and determination to protect religious slaughter.

In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Mr Cameron also told members of the Jewish Leadership Council about the government’s position on the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Oxfam accepts Board of Deputies' 'red lines'

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Oxfam has confirmed that it will continue to work on a joint project with the Board of Deputies after accepting a series of “red lines” presented by the Jewish organisation.

There was confusion this week after a meeting between Board leaders and Oxfam’s Middle East director to discuss the Grow Tatzmiach food poverty programme ended without obvious agreement on the rules.

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Community politics are not ghetto politics

By Martin Bright, January 10, 2013

One of the first meetings I had when I took the job as political editor of the JC was with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The chief executive and president were curious to know why a gentile had taken the job and who I believed I was writing for. At the time, I thought this a rather peculiar question as I thought one clue at least lay in the title of the newspaper.

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Oxfam project in chaos after secret meeting

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

Chaos surrounds the Board of Deputies’ proposed project with Oxfam after a secret meeting aimed at rescuing the plan, which has drawn huge opposition from some deputies, ended unresolved.

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Battle lines drawn over Board of Deputies's Oxfam links

By Marcus Dysch, January 3, 2013

The row over a joint Board of Deputies and Oxfam campaign is to continue with deputies due to vote on a motion opposed to the link-up. Opposition to the Grow Tatzmiach project has been raised by some deputies since it was launched by the Board in November.

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Oxfam links: Why we are doing it

By Laura Marks, January 3, 2013

The “Grow/Tatzmiach Project” is innovative and forward-looking, involving 25 participants including young, dynamic deputies who will be taught campaigning techniques over a weekend of expert training, followed by a six month mentored project on world hunger.

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Oxfam links: Why we shouldn’t

By Jonathan Hoffman, January 3, 2013

In November we learned from the JC that the Board had agreed to an Oxfam tie-up. Quite apart from annoyance at a fait accompli by the executive of a supposedly democratic body, we judged that many deputies would oppose this tie-up, however worthy the cause.

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Tiny church we should support

By Jon Benjamin, December 21, 2012

A recent decision regarding the charitable status of a small church in Devon might not, at first sight, appear to have major consequences for the Jewish community, but the fallout has already led to a front-page headline in the Sunday Times and questions in Parliament.

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Board of Deputies treasurer Brass tweets and deletes

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

The treasurer of the Board of Deputies has been rebuked for publishing two messages on Twitter which may have been in contempt of court.

Asylum judge Laurence Brass, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, made the remarks about a trial which is due to start in January next year.

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