11(34) The Comment editor of The Times is using his high media profile to speak out on issues of concern to the community. In Jewish terms, our panel rated him the cream of the crop of the senior journalists of his generation: he won the new Bermant Prize. Came up through the Tory ranks, serving in top Central Office capacities including policy-unit head to William Hague when he was party leader. However, his ambitions of a seat at Westminster were scuppered when he failed to win Harrow West from Labour in 2001. He has maintained connections, being thanked by Shadow Chancellor George Osborne for providing him with the lowdown on the Jewish community.
12(20) A heavyweight player as chairman of UJIA, Mick Davis thinks big, gives big and brings in other big donors. All in aid of a programme to “guarantee a sustainable and positive future for the people of the Galil and the Jewish community of the UK” — and one centred on young people and education. The boss of the Xstrata mining company, Mr Davis was named in 2006 as Britain’s highest-paid chief executive with an income of around £15 million. He has been increasing his personal contribution to the charity.
RABBI EPHRAIM PADWA
13(23) The head of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations’ Beth Din is an internationally regarded halachic authority. In the UK, his star is rising in tandem with the growth of the Charedi population in Stamford Hill and North-West London. Dayan Padwa succeeded his late father Chanoch in 2000. His pronouncements have impact beyond the strictly Orthodox world and he has opposed use of the North-West London eruv and plans to establish one in the Charedi strongholds of North London.
SIR TREVOR CHINN
14(8) Out of the top 10 but still significant in community politics and financial support, Sir Trevor, 72, is the UJIA president, a Jewish Leadership Council member and chairman of the Israel Britain Business Council. His knighthood in 1990 was for charitable services, particularly the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The career of the Clifton College old boy has been in the fast lane of the motor industry. He has chaired the Automobile Association, RAC plc (formerly Lex Service) and the Kwik-Fit Group.
15(52) The Jewish Care chief executive “really is making things happen”, said one of our judges. He has a pivotal position as the man who takes the big decisions for British Jewry’s major welfare charity. Mr Morris, 47, has risen up the Jewish Care ranks having served as director, and previously assistant director, of community services. The job is more than administrative, as potential donors need to be persuaded to dig deep at a time of cutbacks in state support. He is currently overseeing the £40 million redevelopment of the charity’s Golders Green head office to provide a multi-purpose care campus.
16(24) Our independent panel cited the Jewish Chronicle chairman for his dedication to the well-being of Reform Judaism and the wider population. Mr Levy, 68, is president of Akiva, the freshly stateaided Progressive primary school which formally dedicated its new building at the Sternberg Centre, Finchley, in February. The event entwined two of his great interests — support for Jewish day schools and the creation and development of the Sternberg Centre. He further chairs the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and, following a family tradition, holds office with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
17(New) The nonJewish Labour MP for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire has been one of the most powerful opinion influencers through his chairmanship of the The Parliamentary Committee against Antisemitism, whose grim all-party report shocked even some its members. The government responded by adopting one of the key recommendations — the establishment of a cross-departmental antisemitism task force. In the aftermath of the report, additional security funding is being made available to schools, British police forces will standardise their system for the reporting of antisemitic incidents, and the Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing how it deals with race-hate cases. (11) An accessible and reasoned supporter of Israel in the columns of The Guardian and a regular JC contributor. The early career of Oxford-educated Mr Freedland, 41, included reporting stints on the Washington Post and BBC News. He was
18The Guardian’s Washington correspondent from 1993-97 and his radio work includes the Radio 4 contemporary history series, The Long View. Among his literary output is Jacob’s Gift, a memoir telling the stories of three generations of his family and exploring wider issues of identity and belonging. Mr Freedland’s father, Michael, forged a different journalistic path as a celebrity biographer.
BARONESS JULIA NEUBERGER
19(17) Her appointment last June as the government’s independent volunteering champion has embellished a diverse CV. The 58-year-old was Britain’s second woman rabbi and the first to have her own congregation. She was chief executive of healthcare thinktank the King’s Fund and represents the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, where she speaks on health issues. In her latest role, she recently lent support to a World Jewish Relief initiative which reflected her desire to see “genuinely useful opportunities for volunteers” and for charities “to present clear ‘asks’ — where are the skills gaps, how can people make a difference, and so forth”.
20(7) The Labour peer’s high standing in the inaugural Power 100 partly signified his role as an “incubator” of communal talent by giving starting jobs to leaders of the future. That influence may be waning as the indefatigable Cardiff-born political operator approaches 80. He represented Leicester constituencies in the Commons from 1970-97 before moving to the Lords. A modernising Board of Deputies president in the 1980s, he remains an impassioned voice on restitution and other Shoah issues as chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust. He speaks nine languages and is a member of the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
21(New) It is a measure of the international impact of the cross-communal Limmud educational events that reader nominations for its twentysomething chairman included one from American historian Deborah Lipstadt. She wrote that Elliott Goldstein “stands at the helm of one of the most creative, influential and copied organisations in the UK, if not the Jewish world at large”. Over 5,000 British Jews attend at least one Limmud function a year and Mr Goldstein has taken over the reins at a time when the organisation is working with 15 international groups who have incorporated the Limmud model into their own communities. He was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group before being appointed chief executive of a luxury-consumer-goods company. His wife Gila is the daughter of the Chief Rabbi and an adviser to Gordon Brown.
22(New) An elder statesman of the Charedi community, the former Mayor of Hackney and Conservative politician has contributed significantly to its enhanced profile in the wider world. The Hanover-born 81-year-old has been a mainstay of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations and is a respected voice on educational, kashrut and welfare matters. He has been in the forefront of campaigns to protect shechitah and abolish mixed-sex hospital wards, condemning mixed-sex wards as “an insult to many people’s religious and moral backgrounds”. Served as mayor from 1997-2001. His MBE recognises longstanding public service.