Su Collins has been elected President of Nottingham Hebrew Congregation, the first female president in its close on 200 year history.
Su Collins was voted in at the shul’s AGM after a change in the rules to allow a female leader.
She will work to restore calm to the community after two years of upheaval.
Some members were unhappy at the redundancy earlier this year and his long serving minister Rabbi Moshe Perez.
There was also controversy over a proposed constitutional change which was thwarted by members who complained it would deprive them of a say in its future direction.
Mrs Collins – her late father Samuel Saunders was also president – takes the view that community should have a rabbi and rebbetzen.
She said she would “work with the shul to keep the warm, vibrant feeling that has held a community together since its earliest times. Continuing our tradition whilst keeping pace with the 21st-century“.
Gail Sampson, who resigned as treasurer nearly a year ago, was elected vice president and Stuart Joseph continues in the treasurers role.
Esther Ashkenazy was appointed as the shul’s first woman trustee in nearly a century.
Another trustee, Jeff Davis, outlined ideas to provide more up-to-date facilities at the cemetery and to extend the Synagogue building, which he hoped would encourage greater use by Jewish students.