Four to fight ‘Yom Kippur’ council seat

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2008

Four Jewish candidates are standing for election to a council which held a poll on Yom Kippur.

The four, together with a fifth candidate who is not Jewish, will compete for a seat on London's Haringey Council, following the death of Seven Sisters ward incumbent Fred Knight in November.

The ward is to the north of Stamford Hill and is home to a large number of strictly Orthodox residents.

In October the authority caused outrage among Jewish voters after scheduling a by-election in Alexandra ward on the holiest day of the year.

Father-of-seven Isaac Revah will become the borough’s first Charedi councillor if elected on January 15.

The Conservative candidate is administrator of South Tottenham Synagogue and runs an IT company.

Joe Goldberg, a former national chair of the Association of Jewish Sixth Formers, will stand for Labour. If elected he will follow in the steps of his grandfather, Gerald Goldberg, who was a councillor and later mayor in Cork, Ireland.

The family of Liberal Democrat candidate David Schmitz moved to Britain from Austria in 1939. He previously worked at the New York City Department for Social Services and is now a barrister in central London.

Lydia Rivlin, a member of Muswell Hill Synagogue, is standing as an Independent candidate.

The Green Party’s Anne Gray is the fifth candidate.

Last updated: 3:22pm, August 13 2009