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Home Secretary offers 'personal thanks, best wishes and gratitude' to Jewish community’s security volunteers in advance of the High Holy Days
Home Secretary Priti Patel offered the Jewish community’s CST security volunteers her “personal thanks, best wishes and gratitude” as part of the Board of Deputies ‘BoDCast’ series.

The Home Secretary was interviewed by Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron during the 45-minute online event, which can be viewed here.

Topics discussed included community security, the upcoming legislation around online harms, Government planning around coronavirus, justice for the Windrush Generation, support for refugees, solidarity with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and the new peace agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.

The senior Cabinet minister described the latter development as “welcome and long overdue” and, noting the UK’s close relationship with both Israel and Gulf states, said that our country “should do our bit to ensure that these agreements absolutely succeed”.

Opening the event, Board of Deputies President
Marie van der Zyl thanked the Home Secretary for her “for her friendship over many of the key issues facing our community”, including support over recent violent incidents around the world and for speaking out over the Wiley incident. She also reminded the Home Secretary that “Many in our community came to the UK as frightened and vulnerable refugees, fleeing vicious persecution”, and, noting community concerns over the early closure of the Dubs Scheme for the resettlement of child refugees, called for the Government to “continue its proud tradition of giving shelter to those fleeing the worst situations”.

Closing the event, Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman thanked the Home Secretary, saying, “In a democracy there are many points of view to put forward – and that is no less true in the Jewish community than in any other part of society. But it is only in a democracy that a senior member of the Government would agree to come and answer questions from our community and that is something that we do not take for granted”.

Read the JC report here and the Jewish News story here
Our next BoDCast takes place on Tuesday 22 September when Guardian Deputy Political Editor Jessica Elgot, Jewish News Editor Richard Ferrer and Jewish Telegraph Editor Paul Harris get together to discuss how the media deals with Jewish issues. It should be a lively debate. No registration needed. The webinar will be livestreamed on our Facebook pageYouTube channel and on the Board of Deputies website. More details here.
Board of Deputies welcomes historic deal between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has welcomed the historic peace deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Marie said: “We have witnessed a historic moment. The tides are changing in the Middle East and a new era of peace and prosperity is here. The Abraham Accords signed between State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain, are an example of the peaceful partnerships that can exist in the region. It is my sincerest hope that this development and this spirit of cooperation will lead to peace with other Arab neighbours, including the Palestinians, and greatly enhance the security and flourishing of all in the Middle East.”
Board of Deputies welcomes new organisations

Deputies at Sunday's Board of Deputies meeting voted to accept two new organisations as members.
Magen David Adom UK, which  provides support to Israel’s only national medical emergency, disaster, ambulance and blood service; and Sadeh Farm, a project which grows food in the Kent countryside and cultivates community and environmental awareness, were both welcomed into the Board of Deputies. This brings the number of synagogues and organisations represented in the community up to 182.
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said:  “I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to Magen David Adom UK and to Sadeh Farm – the newest members of our expanding and diverse collection of community organisations which come together to represent all facets of the UK Jewish community. I am sure in their different ways they will both contribute to the Board of Deputies and our organisation will be enhanced by their presence.”

If you represent an organisation which is interested in applying to join the Board of Deputies, please email

Hidden Treasures; celebrating Jewish archives in Britain is the Board of Deputies’ project to celebrate the archives that tell the story of Jews in this country. This week, the Jewish Museum London featured this 18th century shofar which was used in the Great Synagogue at Duke’s Place. It is engraved with a Hebrew inscription reading ‘Blow the horn on the new moon, at the beginning of the month for our day of festival’.
Our next event is on synagogue archives on Sunday 18th October. Contact Archives and Heritage Manager Dawn Waterman on for more information, especially if your synagogue or communal organisation has archives.
The Board of Deputies organised Managing Implicit Bias training for professional staff, lay leaders and volunteers from organisations across the community, The session, run by Linbert Spencer OBE of the Centre for Inclusive Leadership, was introduced by President Marie van der Zyl and  hosted by Chief Executive Gillian Merron. Stephen Bush, Chair of the Board’s Commission on Racial Inclusivity, also attended and addressed the attendees at the close of the session.

EcoSynagogue Project Manager Andrea Passe and Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan met Fiona Frank, Projects and Outreach Manager at the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) and her successor Ruby Katz.They spoke about Scottish Jewish engagement in the environment, involvement with EcoSynagogue and wider regional collaboration with Scottish Jewish projects. 

Regional Coronavirus Advice Capacity Help (Co-Ach) Manager Sara Radivan met Gordon Globe, Deputy for the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, and Max Marcus, Chair of the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, to discuss future areas of collaboration and further Deputy engagement in Liverpool. 
Education Policy and Youth Engagement Officer Jake Berger attended an online meeting of the Department for Education’s Relationships, Sex and Health Education Working Group.  
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman met Dame Margaret Hodge MP to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community.
Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman met an official responsible for the stewardship of the Online Harms Bill to discuss the Jewish community's hopes and expectations with regards to content.
Vice President Amanda Bowman, Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg and Public Affairs Officer Daniel Sugarman along with London Jewish Forum Director Daniel Kosky, met Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Oliver Dowden, to discuss issues of interest to the Jewish community.
Vice President Edwin Shuker attended the Freedom of Religion and Belief Forum meeting, to discuss issues of global religious freedom including the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the Uyghur Muslims in China.
Interfaith and Social Action Manager Anthony Silkoff chaired a meeting of the Jewish Social Action Forum, which brings together Jewish social action and social justice organisations. External guest speaker was Rahima Mahmut from the World Uyghur Congress who updated the forum about the persecution of Uyghurs in China. Deputies Brian Humphreys and Annabelle Daiches joined the meeting on behalf of the Board of Deputies Social Action group.
Stephen Bush, Chair of the Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish Community, and Interfaith and Social Action Manager Anthony Silkoff, Secretariat to the Commission, have been engaging with a wide range of senior Jewish community stakeholders through an intense schedule of roundtable meetings, to discuss the initial findings of the Commission as well as potential recommendations.
Vice President Amanda Bowman, Medical Adviser Professor David Katz and Government, Regional and Religious Affairs Officer Daniel Elton attended a Board of Deputies-organised Zoom session at which donation experts and transplant recipients spoke to Deputies and Jewish medical professionals from around the country, urging Jewish communities to engage in the organ donation system. Read a full report here.
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