John Gulliver’s piece on the Board of Deputies was inaccurate
12 April, 2018
• MEMBERS of the Jewish community have written in to notify us of a misleading comment about the Board of Deputies in your publication. The concerns relate to a piece in John Gulliver, (Labouring over a taboo subject, March 29).
In the piece there are a couple of factual inaccuracies, including the claim that: “I have known the Board for some time and am not too sure of their claim to represent the nation’s 300,000 or so Jews. They are certainly not elected by them.”
The deputies of the Board of Deputies are elected by our more than 180 member synagogues and organisations, who between them boast the affiliation of most mainstream British Jews. In turn, those deputies elect our president, vice-presidents and treasurer for a triennial term.
Furthermore the majority of our funding comes from the Jewish communal grassroots, with community members paying an annual voluntary contribution through their synagogue / organisation membership fees to support our work.
As it happens, this is our election year and so we are encouraging those who are eligible to stand as deputies and as our honorary officers.
While we continue to look to further enhance the Board of Deputies’ democratic structures, you would struggle to find many charities who have the level of democratic accountability as we do, and certainly any other Jewish charities who do.
Parliamentary Offıcer Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews
Board of Deputies of British Jews