Record Details

NGOBoard of Deputies of British Jews
AddressBoard of Deputies of British Jews, 6 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LP
Telephone020 7543 5400
Background InformationThe Board of Deputies of British Jews is the representative body of British Jewry, with approximately 300 deputies being elected from synagogues and community groups. The Board exists to protect and develop the interests, religion and customs of the Jewish community. In 1817, the then London Committee of Deputies of British Jews merged with the Ashkenazi community's Select Committee for Public Affairs. It became increasingly prominent in the 19th century, under the leadership of Moses Montefiore. In 1936, the Board established the Jewish Defence Committee, to meet the threat of the British Union of Fascists. In 1975, it established the National Council for Soviet Jewry, (later the Council for Jews in the Former Soviet Union). Source:
Year Created1760
Other Names / Antecedent BodiesLondon Committee of Deputies of British Jews; Select Committee for Public Affairs
Related OrganisationsJewish Defence Committee; National Council for Soviet Jewry (later the Council for Jews in the Former Soviet Union); Anglo Jewish Association
KeywordsEquality, discrimination and prejudice; Ethnicity and race; Judaism; Politics and political ideologies.
Last Edited ByRC at 02/10/2007 12:30:25