from The Times of Israel:
American Jews, who are far less centralized, might find it strange for any single group to officially represent the community. In Britain, it is tradition. But can a grassroots group properly do the job when the media and political worlds are so cutthroat? In the modern era, when it isn’t clear who belongs to the Jewish “community” – or even who is a Jew – can Britain’s Jewish democracy still have any meaning or relevance?
These questions came to a head recently when the Board [of Deputies] proposed merging with another group that speaks for British Jews, but which is self-appointed.