Talks over meat row continue

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Negotiations between the London Board for Shechita and the Federation of Synagogues are continuing in an effort to avert a deepening rift over the supply of kosher meat to London.

The Federation has rejected claims that the launch of its new meat range two weeks ago is in conflict with its membership of the LBS.

After a three-hour meeting last Friday, the two organisations issued a joint sta


Federation denies it is placing shechita at risk

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Federation of Synagogues president Andrew Cohen rebutted claims this week that its new shechita operation could put the future of British kosher beef at risk.


Opponents agree over shechita

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip voiced their opposition to a boycott of Israel and a ban on shechita at a Board of Deputies hustings.

Conservative cabinet minister Sajid Javid joined figures from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in telling the audience of 100 deputies that the government must maintain the rights of the Jewish community.


Farage: ban isn't our policy

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has again attempted to distance himself from his party officials' plans to ban shechita.

Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage said he had never wavered in his support for religious slaughter.

Last month Ukip's national executive committee (NEC) adopted a policy which would ban non-stun slaughter.

Mr Farage said: "I never U-turned.


I do not support shechita ban, says Nigel Farage

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he has never supported a ban on shechita, and neither has his party.

Speaking on the BBC’s Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage responded to questions about his party’s confused approach by saying that the anti-shechita policy announced on the Ukip website last month was not the party’s stance.


Shechita is safe with us say Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens

By Josh Jackman, March 15, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip have expressed their opposition to a ban on shechita.

At a Board of Deputies hustings on Sunday, politicians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party told an audience of around 100 that the government must respect the right of religious slaughter.


United Synagogue attacks Federation meat operation as 'jeopardising shechita'

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2015

The United Synagogue has hit out at the Federation of Synagogues’ new kosher meat operation, claiming that it could lead to price rises.

The Federation’s mehadrin meat range – aimed at strictly Orthodox consumers – went on sale in one London shop on Wednesday.


New kosher meat operation 'could put shechita at risk'

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

The president of the London Board for Shechita has warned that a new meat operation launched by the Federation of Synagogues could threaten the future of kosher beef in Britain.

Benjamin Mire said the initiative could result in the closure of the LBS's cattle abattoirs in Manchester.


Orthodox allegiance is what's really at stake

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

Behind the latest manoeuvrings over kosher meat lies a battle to capture the allegiance of the growing number of frum young families in north-west London.

The Federation of Synagogues, keen to throw off any lingering idea that it is a relic of the old East End, believes there is a gap in the religious market to the right of the United Synagogue and it is well-placed to fill it.


Federation says its kosher meat operation is not causing communal disunity

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has rejected claims of causing conflict in London’s kosher meat market by launching a new range of products aimed at strictly Orthodox consumers.

Benjamin Mire, president of the London Board of Shechita, the licensing body for mainstream kosher butchers, last week spoke of his “shock” at learning of the planned Federation operation.