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Rivals for Board president go head to head at Jewish News hustings

Incumbent Marie van der Zyl and challenger Jonathan Neumann will be grilled on 4 May, just days before the presidential election, in an event chaired by the editor of Jewish News.

Justin Cohen is the News Editor at the Jewish News

Marie van der Zyl and Joanthan Neumann
Marie van der Zyl and Joanthan Neumann

The candidates to lead the Board of Deputies over the next three years will go head to head at what looks set to be a fiery hustings next month.

Supporters of incumbent Marie van der Zyl and challenger Jonathan Neumann have locked horns over recent days, and are likely to be the only candidates for the top job. However, other candidates have until Friday afternoon to receive the requisite 20 nominations to be added to the ballot paper.

The session on 4 May, during which the candidates will be quizzed on a range of issues by fellow deputies and the wider community, will be media partnered by Jewish News and chaired by editor Richard Ferrer.

Another hustings will be held on 27 April for vice-president, where there are expected to be at east four candidates for three roles, and treasurer. It will be chaired by JN columnist Jenni Frazer.

Board of Deputies Interim Chief Executive Michael Wegier said: “These hustings represent an opportunity for the community to hear the candidates answer crucial questions about how they would tackle the issues facing Jews in the UK and beyond. This is democracy in action. To represent the community we need involvement from as many people as possible and I urge everyone to watch and participate in these debates.”

The hustings will be live-streamed via the Jewish News’ FB and Twitter accounts.

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