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pi­o­neer of sem­i­nars for Jews with non-Jewish part­ners, Rabbi Ro­main has been a main­stream voice against faith schools, sug­gest­ing that they cre­ate re­li­gious ghet­toes.

NICK VINER

50(New) Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for Lon­don, which aims to “pro­vide a way into, or back into” Jewish life for its users. His ma­jor chal­lenge is de­liv­er­ing the 80,000 sq ft com­mu­nity cen­tre on Finch­ley Road planned to open in 2011. The cen­tre will in­cor­po­rate meet­ing rooms, per­for­mance space, fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties, restau­rants, a li­brary and a nurs­ery. The Bel­size Square Syn­a­gogue con­gre­gant was for­merly a se­nior part­ner of the Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group and changed ca­reers be­cause of his be­lief in the “vi­sion” of the JCC. He also chairs a young peo­ple’s char­ity, Pop-Up. As a mem­ber of our judg­ing panel, he diplo­mat­i­cally ab­sented him­self when his nom­i­na­tion was dis­cussed.

DAVID MILIBAND

51(New) Mak­ing his Par­lia­men­tary bow as For­eign Sec­re­tary last July, David Miliband told MPs that Bri­tain would be guided by “bedrock” prin­ci­ples in its Mid­dle East pol­icy. There would be no con­tact with Pales­tinian re­jec­tion­ists and Is­rael would be taken to task over set­tle­ments which were “con­trary to in­ter­na­tional law”. Mr Miliband, 42, is the son of Marx­ist the­o­reti­cian Ralph Miliband, a Bel­gian-Jewish refugee from the Nazis, and Pol­ish-born Mar­ion Kozak, a sup­porter of left-wing Jewish groups. In Is­rael, the jury is out on him. At home, the South Shields MP has won friends by be­ing the first For­eign Sec­re­tary to host a meno­rah-light­ing cer­e­mony and a video ad­dress to Wizo in which he said he had been “lucky” to have spent time in Is­rael.

RABBI NAF­TALI SCHIFF

52(19) The power be­hind so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion Aish UK, renowned for at­tract­ing un­af­fil­i­ated young Jews to its pro­grammes. Rabbi Schiff was raised in Lon­don and stud­ied in Jerusalem, where he re­ceived semichah. He re­turned to Eng­land in the late 1990s to help gen­er­ate fund­ing for Aish trips to Is­rael and else­where.

SYMA WEIN­BERG

53(New) “The cot­ton wool that pro­tects Sir Jonathan Sacks and the ban­dages that pre­vent him say­ing any­thing prob- lem­atic,” ac­cord­ing to our panel, Syma Wein­berg has been ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Chief Rabbi’s of­fice since 1997. A for­mer deputy head of Has­monean Pri­mary School, she went on to serve the Jewish Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment Trust and Jewish Con­ti­nu­ity af­ter two years on the Bri­tish Ed­u­ca­tors’ Fel­low­ship Pro­gramme. A re­spected and prag­matic op­er­a­tor.

ED BALLS

54(New) Gor­don Brown’s Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary an­gered some Jewish school sup­port­ers by ex­pos­ing schools he said had breached the gov­ern­ment’s ad­mis­sions code. But in a sub­se­quent ar­ti­cle for the JC, the Nor­man­ton, West York­shire, MP made it clear that stateaided schools could seek do­na­tions for re­li­gious stud­ies or se­cu­rity, pro­vided re­quests were kept sep­a­rate from the ad­mis­sions process. He has also told the JC that “Jewish schools play a very im­por­tant part in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and I ab­so­lutely want that to carry on”. His de­part­ment has pledged £4.65 mil­lion to fi­nance a fur­ther three years of send­ing sixth-for­m­ers to Auschwitz through the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust.

ITA SY­MONS

55(80) Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Agu­das Is­rael Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, Ita Sy­mons has been at the fore­front of ef­forts to make af­ford­able, good-stan­dard hous­ing avail­able to the less well-off mem­bers of Stam­ford Hill’s Charedi com­mu­nity. A re­cent break­through has been gain­ing plan­ning con­sent for a ma­jor project on the site of the for­mer Avig­dor School in the face of lo­cal op­po­si­tion. It is one of “three multi-mil­lion-pound projects in the heart of the com­mu­nity,” Mrs Sy­mons said. “They will make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.”

RABBI YONI SHERIZEN

56(New) The chief ex­ec­u­tive of Jewish Stu­dent Chap­laincy has built a pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tion which has at­tracted mod­ern Ortho­dox young ed­u­ca­tors. A Power 100 judge touted him as “a fu­ture ma­jor star — that is, if the com­mu­nity can hang onto him”. Rabbi Sherizen stud­ied at New York’s Yeshiva Univer­sity and in Jerusalem. For­merly stu­dent chap­lain at Ox­ford, he sees his role as to in­spire and strengthen Jewish iden­tity; to in­crease the qual­ity and choice of Jewish cam­pus ac­tiv­i­ties; and to pro­vide high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in Ju­daism.

LORD WIN­STON

57(New) The fer­til­ity ex­pert and me­dia per­son­al­ity told the JC last year that med­i­cal re­search which en­abled sci­en­tists to cre­ate em­bryos that are part-hu­man and part-an­i­mal would not con­tra­vene Ortho­dox val­ues. He has chaired the Lords’ Science and Tech­nol­ogy Se­lect Com­mit­tee and ex­plored the re­la­tion­ship be­tween science and re­li­gion in his book and BBC1 se­ries, The Story of God. Mu­sic is an­other love and the 67year-old North-West Lon­doner chairs the gov­ern­ing body of the Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic. For the BBC’s Play It Again, he was coached on the sax­o­phone by Sir John Dankworth and Court­ney Pine be­fore per­form­ing a chal­leng­ing solo to a packed Royal Al­bert Hall.

KEITH BLACK

59PROFESSOR LES­LIE WAG­NER

60RABBI DANNY KIRSCH

6158ANTHONY JULIUS

(New) One of Bri­tain’s top le­gal minds who has rep­re­sented clients as di­verse as Diana Princess of Wales and Amer­i­can aca­demic Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt, whom he suc­cess­fully de­fended in a li­bel ac­tion brought by Holo­caust-de­nier David Irv­ing. The Cam­bridge Univer­sity grad­u­ate is con­sul­tant and for­mer lit­i­ga­tion head of Lon­don firm Mish­con de Reya. As an au­thor, his works in­clude an ex­am­i­na­tion of the an­tisemitism of TS Eliot. His le­gal team was dropped by Heather Mills dur­ing her ac­ri­mo­nious di­vorce bat­tle with Sir Paul McCart­ney, but there were more press­ing per­sonal is­sues dur­ing the year —his sec­ond wife Dina Rabi­novitch, a JC and Guardian colum­nist, died of breast can­cer. (57) One of the lead­ing lights be­hind the re­gen­er­a­tion of Manch­ester Jewry with par­tic­u­lar in­volve­ment in UJIA, the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust and help­ing to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for stu­dents. In busi­ness life, he is man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the fam­ily-run out­door-cloth­ing com­pany Re­gatta, which em­ploys over 350 staff at its Manch­ester head­quar­ters and is the UK’s big­gest sup­plier of out­door and leisure cloth­ing. (New) With faith schools in­creas­ingly un­der the gov­ern­ment’s mi­cro­scope and some Jewish pri­maries and sec­on­daries strug­gling to fill places, the Derby Univer­sity Chan­cel­lor is at the fore­front of com­mu­nal ed­u­ca­tional plan­ning as the chair­man of the Com­mis­sion on Jewish Schools, a Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil project. He has said that it will not “shirk any is­sue just be­cause it is dif­fi­cult and will not ac­cept wish­ful think­ing as a sub­sti­tute for hard choices”. Pro­fes­sor Wag­ner, 65, has held a string of higher-ed­u­ca­tion ap­point­ments. (43) A fall in the rank­ings for the Ortho­dox out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties spe­cial­ist. Raised in Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb, Rabbi Kirsch “caught the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment bug” as a youth leader and ac­tivist. Af­ter a foray into the fash­ion world, five years in Is­rael at Ohr So­may­ach Yeshivah pre­pared him for a rab­bini­cal re­turn to run the Jewish Learn­ing Ex­change.

MARK RON­SON

62(New) The uber-cool DJ and pro­ducer of Amy Wine­house and Lily Allen has wowed crit­ics and mu­sic buy­ers with his Ver­sion album, which also fea­tures Wine­house and Allen. Proud of his Jewish roots, the Bri­tish-born, New York-raised multi-tal­ent has been talk­ing with Wine­house about record­ing a fes­tive record, with Chanu­cah songs on one side and Christ­mas melodies on the other. When in­ter­viewed by the JC, the 32-year-old said it was the only pa­per he could re­mem­ber his grandma hav­ing on her ta­ble. He also said he would want to bring up his chil­dren as Jews be­cause of the “things I love about it, both tra­di­tion­ally and spir­i­tu­ally”.

LORD ROTH­SCHILD

63(66) Slight up­ward mo­bil­ity for the power be­hind Yan Hanadiv, the fam­ily foun­da­tion, which main­tains the fa­mous bank­ing fam­ily’s phil­an­thropic cre­den­tials. Yan Hanadiv has an im­pres­sive range of Is­raeli in­ter­ests and Ja­cob Roth­schild is a top-ta­ble reg­u­lar at fundrais­ing events. But some panel mem­bers ques­tioned the do­mes­tic in­flu­ence of the peer.

HELENA MILLER

64(New) De­scribed by a Power 100 judge as a Re­form trea­sure who has reached a wider au­di­ence, Helena Miller is UJIA’s re­search di­rec­tor. She has taught and writ­ten on a wide range of sub­jects and is a men­tor to many in the ed­u­ca­tional field. Pre­vi­ously di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment at Leo Baeck Col­lege, she fronts the Pikuach schools in­spec­tion pro­gramme.

RICHARD DES­MOND

65(60) Has set­tled in as pres­i­dent of Nor­wood with im­proved fi­nan­cial re­sults sug­gest­ing that he has met his brief of rein­vig­o­rat­ing its donor base. Mr Des­mond’s Nor­wood role is ev­i­dence of his in­creased char­i­ta­ble in­volve­ment in re­cent years. “Adult” publi­ca­tions and porno­graphic TV chan­nels have con­trib­uted to the for­tune of the Ex­press news­pa­pers and OK! mag­a­zine boss.

ELKAN LEVY

66(New) The for­mer United Syn­a­gogue pres­i­dent con­tin­ues to im­pact on an im­por­tant strand of ac­tiv­ity as di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Small Com­mu­ni­ties. He has also been in the lime­light as chair of the pub­li­ca­tion com­mit­tee of the well-re­ceived new edi­tion of the Singer’s Prayer Book, which is used by Ortho­dox con­gre­ga­tions. A keen An­glo-Jewish his­to­rian, he lec­tures widely.

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

51 David Miliband MP

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

57 Lord Win­ston

54 Ed Balls MP

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

58 An­thony Julius

PHOTO: VICKY AL­HAD­EFF

55 Ita Sy­mons

62 Mark Ron­son

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