Board of Deputies of British Jews
This year was a very important year for the Board as we celebrated its 250 anniversary. There were numerous special events including a special dinner which raised a very large sum of money. Another plenary meeting was addressed by representative of the three political parties and another by the Israeli Ambassador H.E. Mr Ron Prossor.
The Board has had a particularly busy year and many of its views and activities have come to the notice of the general press. Besides its general activities of combating anti-Semitism both in this country and overseas often working in conjunction with European Jewish Congress in which it takes a principal part, it has also been active in promoting interfaith meetings.
It was also involved in the J.F.S. case concerning school admissions which I consider it would have been well advised to avoid any involvement. The Board still maintains close contact with Government Ministers, works closely
with the police in matters of security. Monitors various surveys and reports pertaining to Jewish activity.. All these activities cost money and the Board depends on the levy which Synagogue and other associated members collect, so it is essential as many synagogue members contribute.
The Board now issue a news letter monthly of its activities and while this is pinned up on our notice board I feel more prominence should be given to it so that members would know what their money is being used for.
Apart from the university groups, the delegates tend to be mainly 50 and over and the Board is anxious to encourage younger delegates. As we would like to have a young representative from our Synagogue I would ask any member of the synagogue under 35 who would like to represent EDRS to contact the office.