Rabbi Plancey re-appointed Hertsmere Mayor following death of incumbent

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Rabbi Plancey re-appointed Hertsmere Mayor following death of incumbent

Jewish politician who served from May 2019 until June of this year said there is 'no sadder set of circumstances to be inaugurated'

Cllr Alan Plancey with the Mayoral chains.
Cllr Alan Plancey with the Mayoral chains.

Rabbi Alan Plancey has been re-appoint as Mayor of Hertsemere following the death of the incumbent.

The Jewish politician was handed the mayoral chains in a ceremony this week, saying there are “no sadder set of circumstances to be inaugurated”, following the death of Councillor Cynthia Barker.

Plancey, who served in the position from May 2019 until June of this year, was inaugurated at the Hertsmere Borough Council’s full council meeting on Wednesday, as he paid tribute to Cllr Baker.

“Cynthia was incredibly proud and honoured to be made Mayor of Hertsmere and her passing was a terribly premature end to her tenure. My thoughts have been and continue to be with Cynthia’s friends and family at this time”, he said.

Saying he will do his “absolute best” and serve “with the dignity and authority that Cynthia brought to the role”, rabbi Plancey thanked supporters from his previous term and said: “I look forward to, once again, serving the community of Hertsmere, in whatever way I can.” 

During the rest of his term, he will be supporting mental health charity Mind, and Jewish organisation Camp Simcha, which supports families coping with serious childhood illness. More than £1,500 was raised for the NSPCC in memory of Cllr Barker.

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: