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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
59PROFESSOR LESLIE WAGNER
60RABBI DANNY KIRSCH
(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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
51 David Miliband MP
57 Lord Winston
54 Ed Balls MP
58 Anthony Julius
55 Ita Symons
62 Mark Ronson