An Israeli-born deputy is set to become one of the youngest candidates to contest elections for vice-president of the representative body.tal ofer

Tal Ofer, who became a deputy for Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue this year, joins Laura Marks and Edwin Shuker in throwing his hat into the ring ahead of May’s poll.

Ofer said: “The last few years have presented new challenges for the community. Those challenges require leadership which will bring fresh ideas and thinking to the table. I’m running for VP position, in order to bring a pro-active approach for the community and defend its interests. My passion and experience will be an asset to the new President of the Board of Deputies.”

Ofer highlighted his social media campaign urging supporters to contact donors of the Tricycle Theatre after it cancelled the Jewish Film Festival after organisers refused to hand back £1,400 from the Israeli Embassy. 

It’s expected that at least six candidates will enter the contest for three vice-presidential spots. Research released last week by Changing the Board indicated that the average age for vice-presidents over the past 30 years has been 61, with only one having taken office before their 50th birthday.