Next week the Board of Deputies elects a new president.
Here, the four candidates – Sheila Gewolb, Simon Hochhauser, Marie van der Zyl, and Edwin Shuker set out their ambitions if elected.
“…I applaud the Board’s hard work and commitment. However, there are areas where we can be more effective. Deputies are the Board’s life-blood, and their expertise is not being fully utilised. If elected, I’d ensure a definitive skills register was established as I’ve seen problems because of a lack of advice and guidance…”
“..For six years, I represented the community as president of the United Synagogue and president of the Chief Rabbinate Trust. In those roles, I became familiar with the challenges of dealing with government departments, politicians and civil servants…”
“…As a young mother, I fought against cancer and this battle made me want to do more for our community and support others. In a changing world, the next few years will be vital. I look at my two daughters and know that we must secure the future for the next generation. …”
“..I will be a listening president, building on the consensus arising from the Enough is Enough campaign. There is so much more to do: confronting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, supporting our students on the campus frontline, making the case for our cherished rituals and traditions…”