Board of Deputies

Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.


First bets for the Board race

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

There are still four months to go but an online book has already been opened on the Board of Deputies' presidential election.

Paddy Power's early favourite is Daily Mail journalist Alex Brummer, one of the Board's three vice-presidents, at 3 to 2 on.

Senior vice-president Laura Marks is at 11/8, with the third VP Jonathan Arkush at 7/1.

So far Mr Brummer is the only one to have announced


Board of Deputies launches video to recruit young people

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The Board of Deputies has launched a video via Twitter in a bid to get young British Jews to join the organisation.

The three-minute “Why Be A Deputy” film, made by videographer Josh Newman, encourages people to stand in the Board’s elections in May.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis welcomes Theresa May’s promise to defend UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May’s pledge to defend Britain’s Jewish community.

Mrs May told a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday that the government would fight to keep Jews safe in this country.


Theresa May and Eric Pickles: We stand together with UK Jews against extremism

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2015

Theresa May and Eric Pickles have said they stand together with the Jewish community against extremism, while hailing the impact of Jews on Britain.


The awkward question of who'll win the Board's vote

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 15, 2015

We should not be surprised that, as the political classes gird their loins in readiness for the May parliamentary election, questions should be raised about specific Jewish dimensions to this forthcoming contest.


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.