Judg­ing panel an­nounced for JC Power list

The ex­perts who will iden­tify the Bri­tish Jewish com­mu­nity’s movers and shakers

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THE JC to­day names the ex­pert pan­elists who — with read­ers’ help — will iden­tify the 100 peo­ple who wield the great­est in­flu­ence on the Bri­tish Jewish com­mu­nity to­day. The JC Power 100, to be re­vealed in this news­pa­per late in Fe­bru­ary, will be a de­tailed guide to the peo­ple who cur­rently have the most im­pact on Bri­tish Jewry, whether through their re­li­gious or com­mu­nal roles, cul­tural and so­cial lead­er­ship, fi­nan­cial back­ing, or in shap­ing per­cep­tions of the com­mu­nity in the out­side world.

Read­ers have un­til the end of Jan­uary to nom­i­nate names for the list. Each sug­ges­tion will then be con­sid­ered by our ex­pert panel, who will for­mu­late the de­fin­i­tive Power 100 list.

The ex­pert pan­elists in­clude se­nior fig­ures in com­mu­nal life, as well as reg­u­lar JC con­trib­u­tors. They are Rabbi Mark Gold­smith, prin­ci­pal rabbi of North West­ern Re­form Syn­a­gogue in Alyth Gar­dens, North-West Lon­don, and past chair­per­son of the Rab­binic Con­fer­ence of Lib­eral Ju­daism; Rabbi Dr Naf­tali Brawer, rabbi of North­wood United Syn­a­gogue and the mem­ber of the Chief Rabbi’s cabi­net re­spon­si­ble for Jewish-Mus­lim re­la­tions; Josie Do­brin, a PR con­sul­tant ad­vis­ing a wide variety of com­mu­nity and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Nightin­gale House, Kisharon and Weiz­mann UK; Stephen Gold­man, the di­rec­tor of In­de­pen­dent Fundrais­ing Lim­ited, an ex­pe­ri­enced fundraiser who has held se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions for lead­ing char­i­ties and ad­vises two of the Prince of Wales’s char­i­ties; Rosalind Pre­ston OBE, who de­scribes her­self as a “pro­fes­sional vol­un­teer”, hav­ing been ac­tive in the vol­un­tary sec­tor for 45 years; Jon Men­del­son, a busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant, for­mer chair of the Union of Jewish Stu­dents, ad­viser to Tony Blair MP and gov­er­nor of Leo Baeck Col­lege; Danny Stone, di­rec­tor of the Co­ex­is­tence Trust, po­lit­i­cal ad­viser to Lord Janner, and for­mer UJS po­lit­i­cal or­gan­iser; Alex Brum­mer, city ed­i­tor of the Daily Mail, JC colum­nist and vice chair of the in­ter­na­tional di­vi­sion of the Board of Deputies; and David Rowan, ed­i­tor of the JC.

The panel is chaired by Ben Rich, a se­nior pub­lic-af­fairs pro­fes­sional who ad­vises a wide range of Jewish com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions on shap­ing per­cep­tions and ex­er­cis­ing in­flu­ence across the com­mu­nity. He is a for­mer chair of Lib­eral Demo­crat Friends of Is­rael.

Ben Rich said: “Jews are not nor­mally re­luc­tant to put them­selves for­ward, so the is­sue of where power re­ally lies within the com­mu­nity can be clouded by those who just think they ex­er­cise in­flu­ence. The chal­lenge of un­der­stand­ing how de­ci­sions are re­ally taken in­volves un­tan­gling a com­plex web of re­li­gious and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, phi­lan­thropists and busi­nesses, cul­tural and so­cial meet­ing places. .

“In putting to­gether the panel, we knew that there is not ‘one Jewish com­mu­nity’ but dozens of over­lap­ping cir­cles, into each of which it is nec­es­sary to shine a lit­tle light. We have in­ten­tion­ally avoided seek­ing to pre­tend the panel can rep­re­sent ev­ery in­ter­est group; in­stead, there is a strong bias to­wards those whose job it is to un- der­stand how in­flu­ence works and real power is ex­er­cised and who work across a range of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Of course, money talks within the list, but there must be room for singing, chant­ing and even a lit­tle tabloid shout­ing.”

Read­ers’ nom­i­na­tions for con­sid­er­a­tion by the ex­pert panel should be emailed to: JCPower100@thejc.com, or sent to: The JC Power 100, Jewish Chron­i­cle, 25 Fur­ni­val Street, Lon­don EC4A 1JT. Re­mem­ber, we are look­ing for the peo­ple who most in­flu­ence the Jewish com­mu­nity it­self, and not sim­ply peo­ple who are suc­cess­ful or in­flu­en­tial in the wider world. Please send your sug­ges­tions be­fore Jan­uary 31.

Among the pan­elists (from left to right): Nick Viner, Rabbi Naf­tali Brawer and Rosalind Pre­ston OBE

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