President to go early?

Manchester Jewish Representative Council president Lucille Cohen is considering stepping down early from the three-year post as her presidential workload has encroached on family commitments.

Since taking up the position just over a year ago, Mrs Cohen, 56, has introduced a number of initiatives and has brought younger members into the council. She is known for sending emails on her BlackBerry in the early hours of the morning.

She advises councils, education and health authorities across Greater Manchester at a time of record antisemitism and anti-Israel activity in the region.

"I'm at it 24/7 and never off duty. I like to deal with issues personally," Mrs Cohen said. "I'm very happy to give of myself but I really feel I'm not there for my family and I may give up [the post] after two years."

‘I really feel I am not there for my family’

Mrs Cohen wants to play an active part in the lives of her eight grandchildren. "My mother never lived to see her grandchildren and I want to make sure I am there for them."

She added that the council was seeking young members to work on new committees, covering issues such as interfaith work and planning the Jewish input into the Manchester Day Parade.

    Last updated: 10:07am, August 8 2011