Tributes have been paid to educationist and communal leader Jo Wagerman who passed away on Tuesday, aged 85.
Elected the first female president of the Board of Deputies in its 240-year history in 2000, and a former headteacher of JFS, she was awarded an OBE in 1992.
Hailing from London, Jo was also a Trustee and Advisory Board Member at Women’s Interfaith Network and Patron of Emunah.
Marie Van Der Zyl, Board of Deputies President, described her as a “pioneer”.
“She made an immense contribution to our Jewish community and she will be sadly missed,” Ms Van Der Zyl said.
JFS head, Rachel Fink, was the first head girl appointed under her headship when it was based at Camden Town.
Paying a heartfelt tribute, she credited the former head in developing JFS’ reputation as an outstanding learning institution, describing her as a formidable personality who was deeply respected and admired.
Henry Grunwald succeeded her as Board of Deputies President in 2003 and recalled Jo as a truly great woman.