Europe’s fastest-growing Jewish community elects new town council leadership

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Europe’s fastest-growing Jewish community elects new town council leadership

Chazan Graeme Alexander becomes leader of Elstree and Borehamwood council whilst Dan Ozarow is chosen as deputy mayor

Elstree and Borehamwood Labour Town Councillors
Elstree and Borehamwood Labour Town Councillors

A Mitzvah Day award nominee for outstanding individual has been elected as deputy mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood. 

Councillor Dan Ozarow is a member of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree in Hertfordshire and a popular community figure who helps coordinate the official twinning with central Israel town Shoham. 

Councillor Alpha Collins was elected as the town’s new Town Mayor, a post he will hold for one year.

Ozarow was forced to stand down as a Hertsmere borough councillor in 2023 after he and his family suffered antisemitic abuse, threats and ongoing intimidation dating back to 2020.

L-R Outgoing Mayor Rebecca Challice, Cllr Dan Ozarow, Cllr Alpha Collins, Clerk – Tracey Malton and Cllr Graeme Alexander

Meanwhile well known chazan Cllr Graeme Alexander became Leader of the Council and said: “Leading isn’t just about direction; it’s about navigating challenges with wisdom and fortitude. I am honoured to take the helm and am excited to be working with our outstanding mayor and deputy as part of a truly community focused leadership team.”

Following his election Mayor Cllr Alpha Collins said:: “Many thanks to the great people of Elstree and Borehamwood who have put their trust in me to be their servant and leader. God willing I will to serve the people as their Mayor to the best of my ability.”

Deputy Mayor Cllr Dan Ozarow said: “After coming from such a dark place following all the antisemitic abuse and intimidation my family and I suffered during and since I stood for election in 2020, I am grateful to all those who believed in and supported me. We got here together!

“Mayor Alpha and I will be mayors and deputy mayors that represent unity, solidarity and love. Because that is what our community here in Elstree and Borehamwood is all about.”

In May 2023, Labour took control of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council for the first time since 2007.

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