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Sir Robert Waley-cohen, New Lord Mayor of London, is Orthodox Leader

British Jewry was proud today of the election on the eve of Yom Kippur of the 46-year-old Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen as Lord Mayor of the City of London. Sir Bernard is vice-president of the United Synagogue, the central body of 69 Orthodox congregations with an aggregate membership of more than 36,500 families. He is also one of the leaders of the Jewish Board of Guardians, and is active in other Jewish organizations.

Sir Bernard, who is one of the youngest men ever to be elected to the post of Lord Mayor by London’s Board of Alderman, will be sworn in officially at ceremonies scheduled to be held November 11th. He has been alderman since 1949, and has also served as Sheriff of London, as one of the Queen’s lieutenants for the City of London, and as a member of the London Council. He will hold the office of Lord Mayor for a year.