The Jewish Chronicle - - SPECIAL REPORT -


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.


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.


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.


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.

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