The Board of Trustees of the London Jewish Forum (LJF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Amanda Bowman and Michael Ziff as the new co-chairs of the organisation. This follows the decision of long-standing co-chairs Adrian Cohen and Andrew Gilbert to step down after their election as Vice Presidents of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Adrian and Andrew are collaborating with the new chairs and the director, Daniella Myers, to ensure a seamless transition.


Amanda Bowman commented:

“We have big shoes to fill. Adrian and Andrew have dedicated their energy and expertise to build the London Jewish Forum into a powerful advocate for the capital’s Jewish community, campaigning and influencing change in Parliament, City Hall and London borough councils. During their tenure, they successfully navigated LJF through three distinct mayoral administrations in London, working with Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson, and Sadiq Khan.


Having worked closely with LJF over the last six years on issues relating to policing, transport and antisemitism, I’m looking forward to build on all their work to take LJF into the next phase of its development”.


Michael Ziff stated:

Adrian and Andrew built on LJF’s work in a remarkable way, deeply rooted in Jewish values and unity. Their efforts, encompassing all religious, cultural, and political perspectives, have given a voice to  Jewish Londoners in the vibrant city they call home. Amanda and I are committed to continuing this vital work, ensuring our communities are heard.


With about half of the UK’s Jewish population living in and around London, our advocacy for Jewish Londoners is crucial. Whether this is addressing transport and education issues or combating the cost-of-living crisis and fighting antisemitism, engaging with political bodies and the broader city, we will also celebrate the contributions of our communities to London’s rich tapestry, building on the foundations laid so far. Our work begins immediately.”