Board of Deputies’ racial inclusivity commission appeals for written evidence

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Board of Deputies’ racial inclusivity commission appeals for written evidence

A survey is being shared across schools, youth movements, synagogues and other communal organisations

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies
Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies

The Board of Deputies is appealing for written submissions to its commission on racial inclusivity within the Jewish community.

Written testimony can be submitted online by filling in a survey – which is being shared across schools, youth movements, synagogues and other communal organisations.

Oral evidence meetings with Black Jews, non-Black Jews of Colour and Mizrachi Jews have already begun, the umbrella group said.

The commission, chaired by New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush, is now also seeking evidence from British Jews with Black spouses or partners and non-Jewish Black people working or volunteering in Jewish communal spaces.

Also accepted are submissions from Black Jews and Jews of colour living abroad.

A safeguarding protocol is in place to support any children seeking to share their testimony, the Board of Deputies said.

The commission’s findings will be discussed with Jewish denominations, schools and other groups – and a set of recommendations with a timeline for implementation will be unveiled after a six month period.

Stephen Bush, Political editor of the New Statesman, will chair the Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity.

Bush said: “I want to thank all of the Black Jews, non-Black Jews of Colour and Mizrachi Jews who have already come forward to give oral evidence to the Commission.

“We hope that by launching our survey for written evidence, this will even further expand the pool of witnesses, to help me and the Board of Deputies reach our goal making the Jewish community an unequivocally anti-racist environment, that is more welcoming and inclusive to Black Jews, non-Black Jews of Colour and Mizrachi Jews.”

Read more:

Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl, said the Jewish organisation is “already seeing some positive changes” since launching the commission, such as the delivery of unconscious bias training for all deputies and members of staff.

Racial inclusivity surveys have been run across several synagogue movements, she added.

“We know that we still have a long way to go and we hope that people will respond to today’s call for written evidence to help power this journey to a more welcoming and inclusive Jewish community,” she said.

If you wish to give oral evidence, email or the secretariat on

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: