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Vice president ‘seriously considering’ bid for top job at the Board of Deputies

Sheila Gewolb may run to be the next president of the Board after current head Jonathan Arkush announced he would not seek re-election

Sheila Gewolb
Sheila Gewolb

One of the Board of Deputies’ vice presidents has said she is “seriously considering” running for president at the next triennial elections in May, after current president Jonathan Arkush said he would not stand for re-election.

Sheila Gewolb, the deputy for Cardiff United Synagogue, was elected to vice-president in 2015, and said she would make her final decision about whether to stand when nominations are called, on 26 March.

Gewolb, 70, said this week that she had received encouragement. “I am seriously considering standing,” she said. “I have been approached by many Deputies and people in the community voicing their support should I decide to run.”

She added: “It is important that there is a choice for Deputies to make rather than coalescing around one particular candidate. Other Deputies I have spoken to support this concept. The Board is a democratically elected organisation and this should be reflected in the way the next president is chosen.”

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