The Board of Deputies of British Jews exists to promote and defend the religious and civil liberties of British Jewry. For over 250 years the Board of Deputies of British Jews has been at the forefront of safeguarding Jewish life in the UK.
As the community’s democratically elected cross-communal organisation, the Board connects with government, media and wider society, providing a unique means through which all British Jews can be heard and represented.
The Board works at the heart of British Jewish life, successfully representing every part of our community, from across the religious spectrum, on a broad range of issues and concerns; responding to growing challenges and providing a central voice for all British Jews.
A comprehensive degree of representation is achieved by bringing together elected representatives, the Deputies, from numerous Synagogues, community organisations and charities. Our dedicated professional staff support the Deputies and both advise on and help formulate policy, whilst maintaining contacts in government, with other faith communities and beyond.
This proven structure, together with our accessibility to unaffiliated members of the public, gives every British Jew a voice, regardless of age, gender or religious involvement.
As in any democratic structure, differences of opinion and lively debate are common, but our greatest strength is our ability to achieve consensus on a range of issues.
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 in the national media, making us the first port of call on any and all of the issues concerning the British Jewish community.
Our lay leaders and professional staff work in several ways:
- by lobbying politicians, policy makers and opinion formers;
- by responding to government consultations;
- by empowering committed members of the community to engage directly with the political process, the media and grassroots campaigns;
- by initiating partnerships and coalitions (partnerships) within and outside the community to realise our goals.
Whatever the issue of the day, our ultimate objective is to serve and promote the interests of the Jewish community in the UK, both organisations and individuals, and across the religious spectrum.
Updates about the Board of Deputies
Please click here to read the latest editions of the Board of Deputies Community Briefing. Issues covered include: Petition to try and revert the Co-op supermarket boycot of Israel Board provides small communities with guide on local services for the High Holy Days Eagerly anticipating the ‘Jewish Glastonbury’
Please click here to read the latest editions of the Board of Deputies Community Briefing. Issues covered include: Devon knows Jewish customs thanks to Board exhibit Board brings together RE advisors from across England and Wales Victory against boycotts thanks to Northern Ireland Friends
Last week I attended the Israeli Presidential Conference, which focussed on the theme of tomorrow. I was privileged, together with my American counterpart Malcolm Hoenlein to play a role in a panel discussion on “Changing the Guard”, focussing on transitioning younger people into key leadership roles. I showcased our homegrown UK programmes such as Lead, Adam Science and the New […]
Please click here to read the latest editions of the Board of Deputies Community Briefing. Issues covered include: Board marks the death of Baroness Thatcher Board joins award event honouring Heroes of the Holocaust Board presents 300 year old Sefer Torah to Yavneh College
Civil servants from five Government Departments toured the Jewish community on 09 April 2013.The purpose of the tour was to enable civil servants who deal with Jewish communal issues to see the community, to hear directly from the community and to be able to ask whatever questions they wished. The tour was highly successful and […]