Marie van der Zyl

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Marie Sarah van der Zyl (born November 1965) is President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. An employment lawyer,[1] she took office as President on 1 June 2018, succeeding Jonathan Arkush, who did not seek re-election.[2][3] She is the second woman to hold the role.[4]

She grew up in Woodford, London, the daughter of Barry Kaye and his wife Szusanne,[5] and has a law degree from Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University).[1] She represented gentlemen’s club chain Stringfellows in 2012, successfully arguing that the claimant, a lap dancer, was self-employed.[6]

Van der Zyl is an associate member of Mill Hill United Synagogue and is a member of the management board of West London Synagogue.[7]

She lives in Mill Hill, London.[8] Her husband Darell is a member of West London Synagogue; the couple have two daughters.[5] She is the daughter-in-law of voice actress Nikki van der Zyl whose own father was the former West London Synagogue rabbi Werner van der Zyl.


  1. ^ a b "Marie van der Zyl: Partner". Gordon Dadds LLP. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Marie Van der Zyl elected as the new Board of Deputies president". The Jewish Chronicle. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  3. ^ Sugarman, Daniel (13 March 2018). "Sheila Gewolb and Marie Van der Zyl running for Board of Deputies president". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ Cooper, Zaki (19 May 2018). "Election marks sea change for British Jewry". The Times. Retrieved 6 June 2018. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Rocker, Simon (18 May 2018). "The making of Marie". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  6. ^ "How to represent the British Jewish community? - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post".
  7. ^ "Marie van der Zyl announces Board of Deputies presidency bid". Jewish News. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Marie van der Zyl Unanimously Voted as JLGB's Deputy". Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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