They’re how old?!

14 Mar

Nearly two thirds of Deputies are over the age of 60. This must change.

To be clear, this is not ageism. We welcome the wisdom that members of the community of any age can bring.

But to be truly representative, the Board can afford no longer to have so few young Deputies.

According to the 2001 Census, 12.4% of British Jews are over 75, yet at the Board, 26% of Deputies are over 71.

About 25% of British Jews are aged between 20 and 40, yet at the Board  just 7% of its Deputies aged under 40.

This must change. Click here to learn how to stand to become a Deputy. Check out the two graphics below which shows the age breakdown.

For the Board of Deputies’ gender breakdown, click here.


4 Responses to “They’re how old?!”

  1. Alexander Goldberg April 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I am in the 7% that are under 40 and have been in that category for most of the last 10 years. It is the younger elements of the community that have brought about innovation and delivered in the last few years: Limmud, René Cassin, Moishe House and three new Jewish day schools this year alone not to mention a host of Jewish professionals who make our community run day-to-day.

    Your campaign is to be commended. It is young people: students, singles, people with young families who are the ones shaping innovation in the community. It is true that by standing you will be saving the Board of Deputies as much as the Board becoming more representative.

    The Board needs younger voices or at least those the same age as the UK’s political leadership. Kol HaKavod.

  2. Henry Grunwald April 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Those who have been calling most loudly, and correctly, for more younger Deputies should lead by example and step down at this year’s elections.

  3. Jonathan Hoffman April 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    When I joined the Board 4 years ago there was a clause in the Constitution that imposed an age limit of 70 for the Officers. That was discrimination and I successfully moved a Constitutional Amendment to abolish it. I do not now intend to see other age discriminatory rules coming in. The Board needs the best people regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, educational attainment, extent of able-bodiedness, etc


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