• APPG Co-Chairs meet to plan year ahead

                  Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron and Parliamentary Officer Joel Salmon met with Wes Streeting MP and Oliver Dowden MP, Co-Chairs of the APPG on British Jews. Plans for the year ahead were discussed, which included Mitzvah Day and the annual Board of Deputies Chanukah Reception, which is co-hosted by the APPG. Plans were also put in place for a programme of […]

  • New co-chairs elected at All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews

    Conservative MP Oliver Dowden and Labour MP Wes Streeting have been elected as co-chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, the organisation which aims to broaden and deepen connections between Parliament and the UK Jewish community. Mr Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, said: “I am delighted to have been elected as co-chair of the APPG. It is important to make a positive case for the Jewish community in this […]

  • APPG on British Jews & BoD host annual Chanukah Reception at Parliament

    Board President Jonathan Arkush welcomed more than 80 MPs and peers to the Board’s Chanukah Reception at the House of Commons yesterday, hosted by Cabinet Minister Robert Halfon. Chanukah candles were lit by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Home Secretary Theresa May, Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson and Jonathan Arkush. Theresa May said she was pleased to have another opportunity to celebrate the Jewish religion and Jewish culture. “Britain is home […]

  • APPG brings together politicians and Jewish school head teachers

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews convened a meeting between MPs and heads of Jewish schools last week in the House of Commons. Matthew Offord, Chair of the APPG on British Jews said: “It was extremely instructive to hear from heads of two of the Jewish community’s foremost schools and to share feedback with my APPG colleagues on what particular issues relating to Jewish faith education need to be […]

  • Jewish General Election Manifesto 2015

    Available in 2014 The Board of Deputies will be producing a general election manifesto for the 2015 elections. The Board will look to produce its first draft by April 2014 which will include seeking consultation from deputies and other Jewish Organisations. The manifesto should be completed by July 2014. In the lead up to the general elections the Board will look to hold hustings around the country with the regional […]

  • Special briefing ahead of debate on religious slaughter in the House of Lords

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews together with Shechitah UK convened an urgent meeting for members of the House of Lords in January ahead of a tabled debate on religious slaughter in the Upper Chamber. A presentation on ‘Humane Animal Slaughter – The Jewish Approach’ was given by Deputy and campaign Director of Shechita UK, Shimon Cohen. The law currently allows livestock destined to become Kosher or Halal meat […]

  • HMRC – Remarkable ‘U’ turn on Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits

    A difficult dispute over child benefit and child tax credits affecting the charedi community has now been resolved due to concentrated efforts of Chaya Spitz, Chief Executive of Interlink, Rabbi Pinter and Rabbi Baumgarten of the Orthodox Hebrew Congregations and Mr Michoel Posen of Agudas Israel Community Services. This effort was supported by the All-Party Group whose officers and members mobilised round the issue, demanding quick and transparent clarification from […]

  • Report on Chanukah Reception in Westminster

    The Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg, was the Guest of Honour at the APPG’s Chanukah Reception in Parliament in December. He was joined by over 60 Parliamentarians from the three main parties, as well as senior Jewish community figures and representatives of other faith communities in what is one of the key political networking events in the Jewish calendar. Nick Clegg described the APPG’s Secretariat, the Board […]

  • Report on the APPG inaugural election of officers.

    Around 20 Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum attended the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews in the autumn. The atmosphere at the meeting, was enthusiastic. Officers for the group were elected and the meeting was addressed by the President, Vivian Wineman. Hendon MP Matthew Offord was been elected to chair, Labour’s Ian Mearns, Lib Dem Lord Palmer and Tory Mike Freer were elected […]