Board of Deputies

UK police increase patrols after Paris supermarket attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Communal organisations are monitoring the security situation in the UK, after a gunman took five people hostage in Paris today.

The Community Security Trust is liaising with UK police, government and the SPCJ, the French-Jewish security watchdog.


JFS passes inspection

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

JFS, the country's largest Jewish school, has been praised for the quality of its Jewish education by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.

A report published this week rates the school's Jewish studies as good overall, with a number of outstanding features. Inspectors found "a very positive and healthy climate for learning.


Board fears 2016 London Marathon could clash with Pesach

By Josh Jackman, January 5, 2015

The London Marathon may clash with the second day of Pesach next year, hampering the efforts of Jewish charities and runners.

April 24 is one of three dates being considered for the 2016 London Marathon, according to the Board of Deputies, who released a statement saying such a move would be “damaging” for organisations such as World Jewish Relief and Kisharon.


2015: Election year of flux

January 2, 2015

Anyone who proclaims with certainty that they know what 2015 holds is either a fool or a liar. But one thing we do know is that there will be new governments in both Israel and the UK. As for the results, however… your guess is as good as anyone’s.


Board’s fears over new religious studies GCSE

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2014

A-level Jewish studies is too much influenced by non-Orthodox or Christian perspectives, the Board of Deputies has told the government.

Some Orthodox schools also remain strongly opposed to changes that would make it compulsory to teach at least two faiths for religious studies at GCSE.


Alex Brummer to bid for Board presidency

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2014

Alex Brummer, the award-winnning city editor of the Daily Mail, has become the first contender in the race to succeed Vivian Wineman as president of the Board of Deputies in May.

The Brighton-born journalist, 65, who represents the United Synagogue at the organisation, has served as one of its three vice-presidents since 2012.


Baroness Warsi claims she has been ostracised by Jews

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Baroness Warsi has claimed that she was ostracised by the Jewish community after she resigned from her government post over the UK’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

She said Jews who were once friends no longer spoke to her.

But Laura Marks, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, who was pictured embracing Baroness Warsi at interfaith events, denied the claim.


How the Board of Deputies infiltrated Britain's fascists

By Daniel Tilles, December 18, 2014

The 1930s were a defining period in Anglo-Jewish history.


Emotional Bercow sings community's praises

December 18, 2014

John Bercow was close to tears this week as he recalled the antisemitic abuse he suffered in his childhood.

Reflecting on the rise of Jew-hate incidents in Britain this year and attacks aimed at Jewish MPs, the House of Commons Speaker said he had been the victim of offensive comments from classmates in the 1970s.


Workplace warning

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2014

Jews are suffering discrimination in the workplace because of their religion, according to the Board of Deputies.

More than 30 people have contacted the organisation with problems about leaving work early in winter for Shabbat, while teachers and others have had trouble taking time off for festivals.