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Chief Rabbi's office restructure

Last updated: 2004-01-28

STATEMENT FROM PETER SHELDON, CHAIRMAN OF CHIEF RABBINATE TRUST

“The Chief Rabbi’s Director of Communications, Jeremy Newmark indicated to the Chief Rabbi and myself some nine months ago, that he intended to leave the position after completing five years in the post.  Jeremy has now confirmed that he will leave at the end of March.  As a consequence of the departure of a senior member of staff, it has been decided to restructure the Office of the Chief Rabbi. The existing Media and Communications function will be covered by the new position of External Relations Manager.  Following a period of consultation the other members of staff in the existing department have been made redundant. The new role will be filled by Zaki Cooper who has been working in Communications and Public Affairs in the telecommunications industry for the past three years.  Zaki is a member of Hampstead United Synagogue and is currently also employed there as Director of Community Development, a post that he will now be vacating.

The community is much indebted to the work that Jeremy and his colleagues have undertaken over the last five years.  Jeremy has been an immensely able and dedicated communal professional and has done much to enhance the reputation and standing of our community.”

The Chief Rabbi said: “Jeremy Newmark has done a magnificent job for the Chief Rabbinate and has made an enormous long-term contribution to the Jewish community and its relations with Government and the media.  I know that he will continue to do so in the future.”

Jeremy Newmark said:  "It has been an enormous privilege to work so closely with one of the most outstanding leaders in the Jewish world."