About Marie

Throughout my career as an Employment Lawyer I have acted for charities, organisations, vulnerable individuals and other faith groups. As a young mother I fought against cancer and winning this battle made me want to give back and do more for our community.

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Standing Up

We must all work together to combat antisemitism. I will campaign fearlessly to protect our rights to practice Brit Milah, Shechita and Kashrut. I will fight all forms of delegitimisation of Israel, fight BDS and support UJS to ensure every campus is safe for Jewish students.

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Standing Out

Let’s celebrate Jewish life across the UK. I want to champion the amazing Jewish contributions to British society, enhance social cohesion amongst other faith communities and sustain our special relationship with Israel as a central part of our identity.

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Standing For

I want to help make the Board more relevant to the Jewish community. My priorities will be to help to develop the next generation of Deputies, ensure that under-represented groups have a voice and establish a Patron system to assist the Board with fundraising.

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Marie van der Zyl

Standing for President of the Board of Deputies

The British Jewish community is a phenomenal success story. For over 250 years the Board of Deputies has stood up for the Jewish way of life. However, we are at a critical point; antisemitism is on the rise including, shamefully, in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Our fundamental Jewish traditions, from Milah to Shechita, are under an unprecedented attack. Our community needs an advocate to stand up for our traditions and to defend our human rights.

As the current Vice President who chairs the Defence and Interfaith Relations Division, I have led the fight on all of these issues. I believe in standing up for our rights. I was the first to call the Chakrabarti report out for what it was, a “whitewash”; I have been at the forefront of the recent burial campaign against the introduction of the so-called “cab rank rule” by the coroner, Mary Hassell; and I’ve travelled the UK, reaching out to every corner of our community to fight antisemitism, defend Israel and promote interfaith work.

I know that our community can rise to each of these challenges. As President of the Board of Deputies, I will continue to fight against antisemitism every single day. I will defend Israel’s legitimacy and its centrality to Jewish identity. I will strengthen the many interfaith relationships that I have enjoyed building during the last three years which include those made as a trustee of The Inter Faith Network. Above all else, I will champion Jewish life across the UK.

As your Vice President I’ve stood up to antisemitism
and as your President I’ll stand up for you!