250 years on and the Board of Deputies of British Jews remains at the heart of British Jewish life, successfully representing British Jews from across the religious spectrum on a range of issues and concerns. Comprehensive representation of the Jewish community is achieved by bringing together elected representatives, known as Deputies, from numerous synagogues, community organisations and charities. This proven structure gives every British Jew a voice at the Board regardless of age, religious affiliation or gender.
As with any democracy, differences of opinion and lively debate are common, but the Board’s greatest strength is its ability to garner consensus on a range of issues including; combating anti-Semitism and extremism, safeguarding Jewish life, championing the highest quality Jewish education, building and fostering relationships with other communities and of course, supporting the State of Israel’s right to live in peace. Whether speaking with one voice, or helping to explain the differing voices within the community, the Board has earned a peerless reputation at the highest levels of Government and the national media, making it the first port of call on any and all issues concerning the British community.
“We are very excited to be part of this initiative and are delighted that other major communal stakeholders have joined as well. This is an important part of our support for Israel.”
Vivian Wineman, President, Board of Deputies
1 December 2015
On 30 November 2015, Hannah Rendell, Director of Development of Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality, gave a lecture at JHub on the work of the association in the areas of education and community empowerment. Hagar's primary school is recognised by the Ministry of Education, but must raise funds in order to be able to provide an extra teacher in every classroom (as there are two teachers in every class -- one Jewish, and one Arab)...
27 October 2015
On Thursday 15 October, Avirama Golan, co-chair of Sikkuy, gave a lunchtime lecture at UJIA and the Board of Deputies on the topic of why Arab citizens are needed in Israel's labour market. Golan explained that in order for Arab citizens to be better integrated into the Israeli workforce, the government needs to invest in numerous areas such as transportation infrastructure, health, housing, and education.
30 September 2014
The UK Task Force hosted Dr. Iyad Zalhalka, Qadi of Jerusalem, in London in late September. Dr. Zahalka spoke to nearly 600 people at nine events:
EVENT REPORT: Enhancing Access to Higher Education ‒ lunch and discussion with Professor Edriss Titi
30 July 2014
The UK Task Force hosted a roundtable lunch and discussion with Professor Edriss Titi, from Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE), for the UK Friends
EVENT REPORT: Pre-2014 Study Trip Event 'Israel - From state-building to society-building: the road ahead'
12 March 2014
The UK Task Force held a special event in advance of the next study trip on 5 March at the JHub. Over thirty people attended
16 January 2013
On 24th December, former Task Force study trip participant, Rabbi Natan Levy and Task Force Director, Dr Alice Wood, presented a session on their experiences of meeting