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BLOG: Celebrating diversity in LGBT History Month – a personal perpective

By Karen Newman I joined the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group (now Jewish LGBT+ Group) in 1999. I was reasonably secure in both identities, although I had never felt the need to manifest both in the same nano-second - I joined together with my partner primarily in order to find the person who is now…

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General Election hustings for Jewish voters taking place across the UK

The Board of Deputies is supporting General Election hustings taking place across the UK for Jewish voters. In London, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, the Midlands and Sussex, prospective parliamentary candidates will put their case to voters. Want to know what your local candidate thinks about the issues important to you? Come along to find out. To…

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Videos

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM2oPszbqaE&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Videos Teaching Judaism Conference in London - organised in partnership with PaJeS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmPTsQzwuXE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kstxe3Ci0e8 The Chief Rabbi's speech to the Teaching Judaism Conference in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnE2NaC3eCQ&feature=youtu.be Lord Winston's speech to the teaching Judaism Conference in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYdOVZVan8o Board of Deputies Leadership Conference   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyfRPjGoO0I Board of Deputies Holocaust Commission Youth Consultation   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQkhpnYnNVg EU Elections…

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Coronavirus advice

The Board of Deputies is currently following Government guidelines on how to contain the transmission of coronavirus. It is vital that we all implement these precautions. Should the guidelines change, we will review our policies accordingly. For the most up-to-date guidance and advice,we advise you log on  to the Government's Covid -19 web-page. For the…

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is Development Officer - and was Director last year - for Sanitree, a social enterprise operating in India which tackles period poverty by employing women from vulnerable backgrounds to sew and sell reusable menstrual pads. Amy, a member of West London Reform Synagogue,  led an expansion to Jaipur, partnering with a local NGO…

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Photograph of shop workers relaxing in a Burton’s company sunroom discovered as part of new ‘Hidden Treasures’ website, helping to tell the story of Jews in Britain.  

A photograph of shop workers in Leeds relaxing in a solarium belonging to the Burton Menswear company is just one of the discoveries relating to Jewish life in Britain featured on the new Hidden Treasures website. The first shop was opened by Jewish immigrant Montague Burton in 1904 and Burton’s went on to become one…

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Jews in Britain Timeline

Jews in Britain Timeline It is likely that the first Jews came to Britain with the Romans, 2000 years ago. Despite the 12th Century pogroms in York and Lincoln, the first recorded blood libel in Norwich and the community’s expulsion from England in 1290, this has been a comparatively tolerant home for Jews over the…

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COMMUNITY IN FOCUS: Young World Jewish Relief Committee

Young World Jewish Relief Committee co-Chairs, Rosa Shaul, a Relationship Manager at HSBC Private Banking, and Katie Neville, Senior Finance Manager at Marks and Spencer, joined the committee after graduating from university, looking to raise awareness and fundraise for the charity’s global work. Pre-pandemic they hosted a range of events, from supper quizzes and boat…

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Board’s response to the planned neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green

Background As you may have heard, a group of neo-Nazi antisemites are arranging a demonstration on Saturday July 4 targeting the Jewish community in Golders Green. The fact that they have chosen to demonstrate on Shabbat in an area with one of the highest Jewish populations in the country is no coincidence. These bigots would…

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Board of Deputies of British Jews data protection policy

This statement tells you about the data processing practices of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. We collect and retain only relevant personal data about you which is used exclusively for our fundraising and promotional purposes and in the pursuance of our charitable objectives.  This policy applies to personal data we collect through our website…

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Lewis

Lauren Lewis is the Program Associate for RISE by Sundara, a non-profit organisation supporting female entrepreneurs in low and middle-income countries to resolve critical water, sanitation, and hygiene issues in their own communities. Lauren is also a final year Politics with Global Development student at Leeds Beckett University and former Publicity Officer for Leeds Jewish…

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Board of Deputies launches social media campaign to encourage women and young people to become Deputies

At the start of its presidential election year, the Board of Deputies is launching a social media campaign to encourage young people and women to stand for election as Deputies. Four advertisements and a graphic have been produced, all  which will be promoted on social media. You can view the videos here. https://www.facebook.com/boardofdeputies/videos/10155050355951784/ https://www.facebook.com/boardofdeputies/videos/10155050324406784/ https://www.facebook.com/boardofdeputies/videos/10155050310556784/…

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An essay on Zionism and the foundation of the State of Israel

Essay 2 - Zionism and the foundation of the State of Israel Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. The Zionists came to Palestine as legal and peaceful immigrants to their ancestral homeland. The League of Nations gave international legal recognition to the Jewish national home. Jewish immigration was given a new…

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Volunteer

There are literally thousands of opportunities to volunteer in the Jewish Community, through your synagogue, through a community organisation, in a charity shop, as a social care giver or a youth worker. To find out about volunteering opportunities within the community go to: www.jvn.org.uk www.mitzvahday.org.uk

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Education

Education Outreach Programmes Educating broader society about Judaism and the Jewish way of life The Jewish Living Experience Exhibition The Jewish Living Experience is an interactive travelling exhibition which teaches about the Jewish way of life. Aimed primarily at school groups, but suitable for all ages, it enables visitors to gain an insight into Judaism…

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Essay on Israeli Democracy and Politics

Israeli Democracy and Politics The Zionist movement has always included a broad range of political opinions from left-wing socialists to right-wing nationalists. Despite existential security threats, Israel has been a pluralistic, democratic state since independence. Proportional representation means divisions in Israeli society are reflected in a vibrant, multi-party system. The original Zionist movement represented a…

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SNP leader dismayed at rising antisemitism

The Scottish National Party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson has expressed dismay at the levels of hatred experienced by Jews in Scotland over the past year. Meeting at Westminster with representatives of the Board of Deputies  and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC), Mr Robertson also underscored the Party's support for Holocaust education and expressed…

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Education Secretary backs Board of Deputies over religious education report concerns

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has decided that the Government will not be implementing all the recommendations of the September 2018 Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) Report ‘Religion and Worldviews: The Way Forward’. He revealed the decision In a letter sent last week to the CoRE. The Board of Deputies had previously raised concerns about the…

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It’s time to ban the Hezbollah flag

By Steven Jaffe Growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s I’m familiar with the concept of a political party which has a terrorist wing. Or was it the other way round? “With an armalite in one hand and a ballot box in the other, we will take power in Ireland” – was…

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Dalia Landau

Dalia, Deputy for the Union of Jewish Students, had to come home from her year abroad mid-pandemic. With six empty months ahead of her, she wanted to use her time effectively. Compassion London is an organisation, which was created in the wake of the pandemic. They sought to help feed the NHS staff during the…

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Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community launches call for written evidence

The Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community, chaired by New Statesman Political Editor Stephen Bush, is today launching its call for written evidence. As well as oral evidence meetings for Black Jews, non-Black Jews of Colour and Mizrachi Jews which have already begun, the Commission will now invite written evidence…

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BLOG: We need to play our part in supporting refugees

By Amanda Bowman Many people in the Jewish community came to the UK as frightened and vulnerable young children – some on the Kindertransport – and were welcomed into this country. Perhaps for that reason, our community expect that other communities who are in need receive the same treatment. As the group concerned with social…

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BLOG: Thank you Thursdays!

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ - and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing…

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UK’s first faith-based scheme launches to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

The UK’s first faith-based scheme to combat sexual harassment in the workplace has been announced today. The launch follows heightened awareness around unacceptable behaviour in society in general, including the #MeToo movement and a recent government report on a zero tolerance approach towards sexual harassment. The three-year project, specifically for Jewish charities and community organisations,…

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Jewish and Muslim women come together for launch of Nisa-Nashim Harrow

More than 35 Jewish and Muslim women came together on Tuesday for the launch of Nisa-Nashim Harrow. Nisa-Nashim, the the Board of Deputies supported and Department of Communities and Local Government funded initiative, aims to bring together women from both communities through a range of shared initiatives that support their leadership journeys and encourage them to…

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Twitter launch for Board’s film for Deputies

The Board of Deputies has released via Twitter its new short film entitled ‘Why Be a Deputy?’ which aims to persuade people to stand in May’s Board elections. The 3 minute film by videographer Josh Newman was well-received at its premiere at the Board's Plenary meeting on Sunday. It includes scenes from the Board at…

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Board launches A Better Way than Boycotts – a document signposting positive engagement in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Board of Deputies has launched A Better Way than Boycotts – a document designed to highlight a more constructive way towards peace than the divisive and counter-productive boycott, divestment and sanctions proposed by some anti-Israel activists. Polling has consistently shown that the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians favour a two-state solution, a view…

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Jewish Connection receives grant from Six Point Foundation

  We are delighted to announce that our regional communities project, Jewish Connection, has received a grant of £25,000 from Six Point Foundation. Six Point Foundation gives grants to improve the lives of Holocaust survivors and refugees of Jewish origin in financial need in the UK. The grant will be used to locate and support…

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Walls coming down in Berlin

By Jonathan Arkush, Vice President Does the Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) ring any bells?  Possibly not, unless you have long memories.  The OSCE traces its origins to the détente phase of the early 1970s, when the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) was created to serve as a multilateral…

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Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (www.corab.org.uk) are running a national consultation, seeking responses from the public on how religion and belief affect many areas, including the media, social action, education and the law, to name but a few. Responses need to be submitted by 31st December, and we encourage members…

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The largest UK Holocaust commemoration ever – will you be there?

By Neil Martin ‘Build it and they will come’ - that was the advice I was given when we first muted the idea of a large-scale event to mark the 70th  anniversary since Liberation this Yom HaShoah. Now with over 3000 already registered in advance to attend, and over 120 communal organisations joining the 'Remember…

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Jewish Living Exhibition launches at St Albans Cathedral

Hundreds of Hertfordshire schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this week following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral last night. The event at the Cathedral was attended by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss CBE. Speaking were the…

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Board of Deputies promotes Jewish social justice agenda

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Board of Deputies of British Jews has announced its support for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) letter to the government on social justice issues. The letter makes six key asks: 1. Allow asylum seekers the right to work 2. Reunite refugee families 3. Create a properly funded programme…

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BLOG: One last virtual event – but perhaps the most important one of all

By Neil Martin OBE Chair of Yom Hashoah UK Last year’s virtual Yom HaShoah UK Commemoration was the first of the many virtual communal events to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and would set the scene for all others that followed. In a strange juxtaposition, at a time of understandable anxiety and heartbreak for…

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A Jewish Perspective on the UN’s Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By Naomi Dickson Jewish Women's Aid Last Tuesday, I spent the day in Brent Cross.  Not my usual working pattern – in my relatively new role as Jewish Women’s Aid’s Executive Director, a shopping day is a rare event.   However, I and the rest of JWA’s committed team of staff, volunteers and board members felt…

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Rosa Niema Slater

Rosa Niema Slater is a mentor with The Kids Network. The Kids Network connects young professionals with young people from their local communities to create positive social change. Rosa's mentoring helps to build resilience and confidence as children transition from primary to secondary school. The Kids Network exists because children, with increasing pressures can be…

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What’s changed about Being Jewish in Scotland

By Ephraim Borowski SCoJeC’s inquiry into “Being Jewish in Scotland” was commissioned by the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit (CSU) after we told them about a young mother who had spoken at one of our events about her daughter being taunted in the playground that “you killed Christ”, and the teacher’s response, “Well you did!”…

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DEPUTY SPOTLIGHT: Judith Flacks-Leigh

Today we launch our Deputy Spotlight series. The first Deputy to answer our questions is Judith Flacks-Leigh from Jewish Women's Aid. Judith Flacks-Leigh joined JWA's Board in 2017. She has been working in the Jewish community for 10 years and is currently the Head of Communications at Jewish Care. Prior to this, she was the…

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Board of Deputies supports Jewish Women’s Aid campaign against domestic violence

A Jewish Women’s Aid campaign supported by the Board of Deputies to raise awareness of violence against women and girls in the Jewish community began last Shabbat. As part of the campaign, the Board of Deputies asked all rabbis to speak on the issue in their sermons and to show their support for the campaign.…

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Unity Rally – 2pm at Trafalgar Square – Sunday 11th January

A rally will take place on Sunday 11 January in London at Trafalgar Square from 2pm, at the same time as the Unity March in Paris will be taking place. The French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Sylvie Bermann, will be present. This rally is open to all who would like to join together in…

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Write to your MP about the UN vote on the Palestinian Return Centre

Board Chief Executive Gillian Merron has written  to Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Aneley to call on the UK Governement to vote against giving Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) status to the Palestinan Return Centre in the upcoming vote in the United nations. The PRC is banned in Israel becasue to it is claimed to be…

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Board of Deputies welcomes IHRA adoption by the Office for Students

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has welcomed the announcement by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OFS), that it is adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism. This is the result of a series of engagements between the OFS and the Board of Deputies that has also involved the…

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Board of Deputies President praises Archbishop of Canterbury on antisemitism

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national representative body of the UK Jewish community, has praised an article on the subject of antisemitism written by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Jonathan said: “Archbishop Welby’s intervention is powerful and timely. Millennia of theological antisemitism against Jews – including the canard that…

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How do I become a Deputy?

For more information, please email: Bernice.Black@bod.org.uk Hear from current and previous deputies about their experiences, in our 2015 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAxdor7KqHc  

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Call to Action: European Parliament Vote on Palestinian statehood

During its plenary on 15 - 18 December, the European Parliament will hold a vote on the recognition of Palestinian statehood. The parties behind the initiative are the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D) and the Unified European Left Party (GUE). We are urging you to e-mail your local MEPs to urge them to vote against unilateral…

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Thank you Thursday #6

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ - and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing…

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Response from Leicester community to Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby

The following is a response from Leicester's Jewish community to the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby: 'There has been a report on BBC Sunday Politics East Midlands on 25 January 2015 (at 1.00:32 into the programme) that Sir Peter Soulsby, the Mayor of Leicester, "says that he has backing from leaders of the Jewish…

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BoD Safeguarding Policy

SAFEGUARDING AND PREVENT POLICY SEPTEMBER 2020 What are the key policy principles? The Board of Deputies is committed to ensuring its safeguarding practices reflect statutory responsibilities, government guidance and comply with best practice and requirements. The Board of Deputies recognises that the welfare and interests of children, young people and adults at risk, (previously referred…

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Board of Deputies at Limmud Festival 2017

SUNDAY Conscientious objection in medicine - right or wrong? David Katz. Sunday 2.40pm/ORANGE10 Much recent public debate about medical ethics focuses - justifiably - on recognising the rights of the patient and their family. Jewish tradition often supports this. However, what happens when the doctor (or any other healthcare professional/carer) is asked to act in…

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The Israeli drug company which is taking on the world

One of my favourite statistics about surging British-Israel trade is that one out of every seven prescriptions filled by the NHS is sourced from Israeli pharmaceutical companies. The high dependence of the NHS on Israeli ethical drugs is just one of the symbols of deepening economic relationship between the UK and Israel which with the…

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Board of Deputies appoints rising stars to key community parliamentary and interfaith roles

The Board of Deputies  has made two key appointments as it continues to strengthen its professional team. Joel Salmon has joined the Board of Deputies as its Parliamentary Officer. Joel has had previous work experience with Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer, the then MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.…

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BLOG: Celebrating Jewish life amidst the ashes of the Shoah – reflections on the March of the Living

By Stuart MacDonald How can one grasp the vast scale of the Holocaust? There were six million Jewish victims alone. A minute’s contemplation of each one would take 11 years. At Madjanek outside Lublin, the first concentration camp we visited on the March of the Living, we shuffled into one of the wooden, unheated barracks where…

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Event launched in support of the Chinese Uyghur Muslims

The Board of Deputies has announced an event in partnership with the World Uyghur Congress, to ask how communities can unite to protect the Uyghur Muslim minority from persecution in China. The event will take place in the House of Commons on Thursday 30th January 2020, sponsored by Dr Lisa Cameron MP. Speakers include Government…

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Board of Deputies condemns Corbyn campaign video as a ‘slap in the face for Jews’

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush has condemned a Jeremy Corbyn campaign video as a ‘slap in the face for Jews’. He said: "Does Jeremy Corbyn believe, as he has said publicly many times recently, that the Labour Party will do everything it can to expunge antisemitism from the Labour Party? "Or does he agree…

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Marie van der Zyl named as one of the top 100 people influencing Jewish life around the world

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has been named as one the Algemeiner Jewish 100 – the top 100 people influencing Jewish life around the world. The list, compiled by the Algemeiner Jewish weekly newspaper, which is based in New York, contains a wide range of people from a variety of fields, including…

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LIVE 22nd November 2020 Board of Deputies November Board Meeting

Watch the Board of Deputies November Board meeting - starts 10.30am on Sunday 22nd November. Live-streamed on the Board of Deputies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOI39uIWYX4  

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Jonathan Arkush gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Antisemitism

Watch Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Antisemitism. https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/55be8924-0d03-4b3e-a966-687266bddfe2  

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Board of Deputies announces public meeting on the threat of the far-right

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has announced a public meeting in Parliament to discuss the far-right extremism, entitled ‘HATE ON THE MARCH: How should the Jewish community respond to the rise of the far right?’ On the panel to discuss the situation will be the David Lammy MP; Political Commentator Ayesha Hazarika; Dr…

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LIVE 18th January 2021 from 6-7.30pm – Changing the Subject on Mental Health

Is it time to change the subject on mental health? A BoDCast in support of Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, featuring: Laurie Rackind, Chief Executive of Jami UK Sandie Mann, Clinical Lead of JAMH Judy Silkoff, Parent Carer Debby Klein, Service User and Consultant Chaired by Gillian Merron, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies Monday…

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Board attends Society of Editors and DCLG Online Moderation Guide Launch

After almost two weeks of interning at the Board of Deputies, I was looking forward to a fieldtrip to Westminster after being invited to accompany a Board member to an event at Parliament. Although I had visited the House of Commons once before on a school trip, seeing the building on a working day was…

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LIVE 16th November 2020 – Learning Disabilities and the Jewish Community – How can we be more accessible?

On Monday 16th November at 6pm, Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron will be chairing a panel on 'Learning Disabilities and the Jewish Community' titled 'How can we be more accessible?'. The panel will feature Dr Beverly Jacobson the Chief Executive of Norwood, Rabbi Miriam Berger from Finchley Reform Synagogue, Mickey Dekel a volunteer…

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Moses Seitler

Moses Seitler is the founder and director of Screen Share, a volunteer-led initiative which promotes digital inclusion for young refugees. When we think of refugees we often think of crisis, destitution and debate on immigration issues. Moses and the growing team at Screen Share are focused on another question - what happens when young refugees, many…

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LIVE14th March 2021 Hidden Treasures – Voices from the Archives

Celebrating songs, singing and oral history. Sunday 14th March 2021 from 6pm - 7.15pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzWGpYatbXI  

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Education Secretary reflects on the importance of faith schools’ ethos in summer message to Jewish schools

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQpt4de1x3Q&feature=youtu.be Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has wished Jewish schools a "well-earned break over the summer", after being partially closed for the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The video was created as part of a collaboration with the Board of Deputies, who work closely with the Department of Education on policy matters affecting…

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Jeremy Corbyn must remember that inaction in the face of racism is complicity

In this piece published in the New Statesman, Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Jewish Leadership Council Chair Jonathan Goldstein remind Jeremy Corbyn that inaction in the face of racism is complicity https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2018/08/jeremy-corbyn-must-remember-inaction-face-racism-complicity

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Parliamentary debate – Write to your MP

On 1 December there will be an Adjournment Debate in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm for three hours on the “petition relating to ending the conflict in Palestine”. It is sponsored by Grahame Morris MP, who also initiated the debate on Palestinian statehood. This time there will not be a vote. We are asking people to write to their MPs to…

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Board of Deputies warns against unintended consequences as Government launches consultation on organ donation

President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national representative body of the UK’s Jewish community, Jonathan Arkush, said: "Saving life is one of the most important values in Judaism. On behalf of the UK Jewish community we support means to increase organ donation and relieve suffering. However, today's Government consultation on presumed…

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LIVE 12th November 2020 – The BoDCast: Navigating Faith, Race and Identity in 2020

Join the Board of Deputies for an #InterfaithWeek discussion on how people of faith can navigate questions of race and identity in Britain in 2020. With: Rev Celia Apeagyei-Collins - Christian Pastor and Founder of Rehoboth Foundation Cllr Awale Olad - Camden Councillor and Somali Muslim Jodeci Joseph - Black-Jewish Motivational Speaker Chaired by Stephen…

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Your chance to respond to a major and wide ranging consultation on religion and belief in society

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a major and wide ranging  call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life. The Commission wants…

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LIVE 15th December 2020 Chanukah in a new light

Join us for an historic online celebration with the ambassadors of Israel, UAE and Bahrain. Featuring Chazan Jonny Turgel and the Sacks Morasha school choir. 15th December 2020, from 7 - 7.30pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-agrTbh8Tjk      

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Teaching Judaism GCSE – The Definitive Conference

The Board of Deputies is proud to announce 'Teaching Judaism GCSE', a conference for everything you need in order to deliver Judaism GCSE to a high standard. This essential one-day conference, which includes panels, workshops, lectures and interactive sessions, will be delivered by leading Jewish authorities in Religious Education and representatives from the exam boards.…

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Board of Deputies expresses concern about the Clarke-Woodhead Report on Religious Education

Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Edwin Shuker said: “While we welcome the Clarke-Woodhead Reports on Religious Education’s endorsement of statutory Religious Education, we are concerned of the report’s overall hostility to faith schools. “The report depicts faith schools as part of the problem rather than part of the solution to…

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Jewish community responds to UCL report on October disturbances

Joint statement from The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Community Security Trust, Jewish Leadership Council and the Union of Jewish Students On 27 October 2016 there was a serious disturbance on the campus at University College London when pro-Palestinian demonstrators, most of whom were students, mounted an aggressive and intimidating protest at a meeting…

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Introducing The BoDCast

The Board of Deputies is pleased to announce The BoDCast, a new series of online webinars for the Jewish community addressing current key issues in our community. Stay tuned for more BoDCasts in the future. You can find the recordings of our previous webinars below:   The Board of Deputies presents: Have I Got News…

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How do I become a Deputy?

Watch the video below and click here for all the information you need about how to become a Deputy http://http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p2-2-_yOTU  

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Catch up with the stream of Sunday’s Board meeting

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Amidst escalation between Gaza and Israel, British Jews and Christians unite to Invest in Peace

Hundreds of people across three events this week are hearing from two young activists – one Israeli and one Palestinian – speak about their hopes for peace and reconciliation. Rena – a Palestinian from Ramallah, and Shaked – an Israeli from Ra'anana, were speaking at ‘Invest in Peace’, a joint initiative between the Board of…

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Jewish Living Experience exhibition is launched in Hove

Thousands of Sussex schoolchildren will learn about the Jewish way of life following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience exhibition in Hove this week. The launch, which was held at the Ralli Hall in Hove, was organised by the newly formed Sussex Outreach group, led by Deputy Nick Beck from Brighton and Hove Reform…

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Join us to ‘Invest in Peace’ at three events

Everyone is invited to join the Board of Deputies’ “Invest in Peace” events, in partnership with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Hosted by churches and synagogues, this new initiative invites communities to come together to support Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding. Join us to hear the incredible stories of two bereaved parents who promote reconciliation as an alternative…

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Initiative launched for students to pitch for £5,000 community investment

The Board of Deputies and the World Jewish Congress today launched the Campus Pitch project, run in association with the Union of Jewish Students, which will see teams of students pitch for £5,000 investment in a project they will run to benefit their own Jewish community. Based on successful projects in the US, the Campus…

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Hundreds of children discover the Jewish way of life

By Sara Perlmutter More than 700 students plus 100 teachers and parents from Suffolk had a taste of the Jewish way of life when the Jewish Living Experience exhibition came to Ipswich in October. The travelling exhibition, which includes information on core Jewish values, festivals, the synagogue, Jewish dietary laws, life-cycle events and much more,…

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The Board of Deputies is recruiting a Temporary Public Affairs Officer

Temporary Public Affairs Officer   JOB DESCRIPTION GENERAL DESCRIPTION The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a highly motivated individual to support the work of its Public Affairs Team on a temporary basis. The post is integral to the Board’s wider engagement with the devolved regions, Parliament, central government and stakeholders inside…

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Board of Deputies announces first Israeli-Palestinian “Invest in Peace” events with national church body

The Board of Deputies has announced the first series of events – involving leading journalist Jonathan Freedland - in its highly anticipated partnership with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. The “Invest in Peace” initiative, the first of its kind at a national level, invites Christian and Jewish communities in Britain to come together in…

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Join the Board for a forum on Poverty and Diversity

Join guest speakers Baroness Ruth Lister, Julie Siddiqi and Bharti Tailor on Tuesday March 3 for a forum on Poverty and Diversity to be chaired at Portcullis House, Westminster by Liverpool Deputy Louise Ellman MP. Space is very limited so contact Diane Gies at events@bod.org.uk to book your place. Full details here.

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Board of Deputies launches living archive of Coronavirus emergency

The Board of Deputies is compiling a living archive which will show future generations how the Jewish community lived through the 2020 Coronavirus emergency. The organisation is appealing to members of the community to send them by email, the notices sent out by religious authorities, by synagogues, kosher shops and Jewish cultural and social organisations, …

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Board to host forum on climate change

The Board of Deputies Social Action Group (BoDSA) is arranging a Forum to be held on  October 1 to share perspectives on Climate Change and open a discussion on what Deputies and others can do in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December 2015. The…

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BLOG: Thank You Thursdays! #2

In response to the real difficulties being faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish community has responded with great tenacity, creativity and resilience. One of the core commandments of Judaism is to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ - and we are seeing evidence of this teaching being actualised throughout the country. In addition to expressing…

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The Board at Limmud 2014

The Board is delighted to be participating in Limmud this year. Please find below a list of sessions either run by the Board or including Board representation. Sunday   Jewish refugees from Arab lands: remembering and celebrating 13.30-14.30 Michelle Huberman & David Walsh Arts – Woods A session held jointly with Harif. With the Israeli…

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Jews and Sikhs seek the Common Good

Jews and Sikhs seek the Common Good 20 August 2018 In what might be a historic first, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Sikh Council UK have started a partnership to join our communiti es in pursuing the common good. As the first in the series of events, on Sunday, Jewish and…

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Jewish Social Action Forum

The Jewish Social Action Forum (JSAF) - convened by the Board of Deputies - is a group of organisations who aim to promote, develop and activate the British Jewish Community’s pursuit of social action. Click HERE to receive the monthly JSAF newsletter and keep up to date with campaigns, causes and events. JSAF is made up…

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What does JSAF do?

The Jewish Social Action Forum [JSAF] seeks to increase the UK Jewish Community's engagement with social action by; campaigning – we co-ordinate cross-communal support for social and environmental justice campaigns convening – the forum brings together its members for meeting, inviting guest speakers and fostering links for those advancing the Jewish social change agenda conferences – the forum works with…

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The Forgotten Cemeteries

By Colin Spanjar One of the projects that occupies much of my time at work is that of the “forgotten cemeteries”. People assume that we have always lived in London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Manchester etc but in fact vibrant communities have existed throughout the last 300 years from Penzance in the south to Sunderland in…

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Lord Winston to be keynote speaker at first ever conference of Judaism GCSE teaching

Come to the first ever teaching conference of Judaism Religious Studies GCSE Lord Winston is to be the keynote speaker at our full day Teaching Judaism conference, to be held in central London on Monday February 22. Presentations will be given by chief examiners of the main exam boards. Leading educators will lead workshops on…

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Eat out to Help Out – kosher restaurants participating

The Government has announced that from 3 to 31 August, customers will be able to get a 50% discount when eating in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.   Diners will be able to use the scheme at a participating establishments to receive the following benefits:  get a 50%…

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