Hilda has been involved in Jewish Communal affairs for most of her life. Growing up in Nottingham in a socially involved family, she became active in the local chapter of BBYO. At 16, Hilda attended the B’nai B’rith Leadership training course in America and following this, became National Vice President.
Hilda married her husband Marc and they had four children together while living in Nottingham. She taught Speech and Drama at a local school and continued her communal involvement when she established a ‘young’ Wizo group.
Hilda and her family moved to London 16 years ago where she continued to teach and started to volunteer for Norwood, working in Binoh, with children with special needs. As her own family grew up she looked for new challenges and was introduced to Jewish Women’s Aid. Domestic abuse was a matter that resonated with Hilda. She felt that there was a need to raise awareness that this was an issue, which was not addressed in the community. She started volunteering for JWA’s education programme; from there she became more involved, becoming Campaign Chair and trustee and last September, Co-Chair of the board.
Hilda has always been quite politically active and a committed Zionist, the combination of which resulted in joining the board of CFI and after several years’ involvement and many trips to Israel was appointed Deputy Chair in 2012.
She has also recently completed a Masters at Southampton University, in Modern Jewish History, and have just been accepted to do a PhD. Her thesis topic will discuss how inter-personal relations affect the Anglo-Israeli dialogue in the political arena.
Hilda is also a magistrate and sits on both the Adult and Family bench.