POWER 100 WHO WIELDS THE MOST?

Who are the most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures shap­ing Jewish life in Bri­tain? From com­mu­nal ac­tivists to multi-mil­lion­aires and show­busi­ness celebri­ties, we re­veal the first 50

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RABBI DR DEB­O­RAH KAHN-HAR­RIS

100 AS PRIN­CI­PAL of Lon­don’s Leo Baeck Col­lege, Dr Kahn-Har­ris is re­spon­si­ble for train­ing the rab­bis of the future for Re­form and Lib­eral com­mu­ni­ties in the UK and else­where in Europe. The Texan, who came here to study in 1989, was the col­lege’s first fe­male head when ap­pointed three years ago. An ac­com­plished bib­li­cal scholar, she has served as both a stu­dent chap­lain and a con­gre­ga­tional rabbi, com­bin­ing ex­ten­sive pastoral ex­pe­ri­ence with a sharp in­tel­lect.

MICHAEL ZIFF

99 AS CHAIR­MAN of Mac­cabi GB, Ziff stands cen­tre for­ward for Jewish sport in the UK to­day, over­see­ing events on a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional scale. A re­tail en­tre­pre­neur, he has de­voted his time to nur­tur­ing his three big­gest pas­sions — Ju­daism, Is­rael, and sport — which can be seen in the way Mac­cabi GB has flour­ished un­der his lead­er­ship.

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SI­MON SEBAGMONTEFIORE

98 A PRIZE-WIN­NING his­to­rian and au­thor, Se­bag-Mon­te­fiore is per­haps best-known for his ac­claimed work

Jerusalem: A Bi­og­ra­phy. Pub­lished in 2011, it was feted by the likes of Bill Clin­ton and made into a three­part doc­u­men­tary for the BBC, pre- sented by the his­to­rian him­self. Se­bag-Mon­te­fiore is the scion of a pow­er­ful bank­ing fam­ily and the great-great nephew of Moses Mon­te­fiore, he counts roy­als, politi­cians and wealthy busi­ness­men among his con­nec­tions. His wife, Santa, is said to be close friends with Prince Charles.

JUDY IRON­SIDE

97 AS THE founder and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of UK Jewish Film, Iron­side has been the in­spi­ra­tion and driv­ing force be­hind one of the ma­jor cul­tural suc­cesses of the Jewish com­mu­nity. Started in 1997 in Brighton, the fes­ti­val has grown into a na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tion of in­ter­na­tional Jewish-themed cinema, at­tract­ing more than 150,000 visi­tors over the course of its 17-years. This year, Iron­side has had to weather the storm cre­ated by the Tri­cy­cle The­atre’s boy­cott of the fes­ti­val.

ADAM OGNALL

96 SINCE HIS ap­point­ment as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the New Is­rael Fund UK in 2010, Ognall has been widely praised for his fundrais­ing ef­forts, cul­mi­nat­ing an­nu­ally with the flag­ship Hu­man Rights Awards din­ner — 2013’s event raised £240,000. In re­cent years, NIF has been at­tacked by right-wing groups over its progressive so­cial jus­tice agenda — tack­ling poverty, pro­mot­ing re­li­gious tol­er­ance, cul­ti­vat­ing co-ex­is­tence and pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. But un­der Ognall’s guid­ance, the recipe con­tin­ues to ap­peal to many in An­glo-Jewry.

RABBI JEREMY CON­WAY

95 THE KOSHER Nosh Guide is the snacker’s bi­ble, and for this and other in­dis­pens­able aids to Jewish eat­ing, we have the Kashrut Di­vi­sion of the Lon­don Beth Din to thank. Its en­er­getic direc­tor Rabbi Jeremy Con­way pre­sides over a kosher su­per­vi­sion in­dus­try which pours well over £1 mil­lion into the cof­fers of the United Sy­n­a­gogue. He also over­sees the grow­ing num­ber of eruvs.

JONATHAN ARKUSH

94 THE VICE-PRES­I­DENT of the Board of Deputies is widely ex­pected to be among the front-run­ners for the top job in 2015. The prop­erty lawyer is ac­knowl­edged as one of the com­mu­nity’s hard­est-work­ing cam­paign­ers, par­tic­u­larly on univer­sity cam­puses, in the fight against an­ti­semitism and as a me­di­a­tor for the com­mu­nity.

HOWARD LEIGH

93 THE FOR­MER Jewish Care trus­tee and pres­i­dent of West­min­ster Sy­n­a­gogue was en­no­bled by David Cameron last year. As Con­ser­va­tive Party trea­surer he made do­na­tions to the party to­talling more than £200,000 and ran the Lead­ers’ Group which gave sup­port­ers the chance to dine with the Prime Min­is­ter for a £50,000 an­nual mem­ber­ship fee. Lord Leigh has a long-stand­ing record of sup­port­ing Jewish com­mu­nal groups. His House of Lords coat of arms fea­tures the fa­mous Hil­lel say­ing: “if not now, when?”

LEONIE LEWIS

92 HEAD­ING THE Jewish Vol­un­teer­ing Net­work (JVN) means Lewis is re­spon­si­ble for bridg­ing the gap between hun­dreds of char­i­ties and would-be vol­un­teers — a fit­ting job for some­one who has been in­flu­en­tial across nu­mer­ous Jewish plat­forms. With in­ter­ests in faith, youth work and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, Lewis has stood as a role model for Ortho­dox women, not least through her jobs as co-chair of the Faith Forum in Lon­don and com­mu­nity direc­tor of the United Sy­n­a­gogue.

PAUL HAR­RIS

91 AS ED­I­TOR of the Manch­ester-based Jewish Tele­graph, Paul Har­ris has main­tained a loyal fol­low­ing among the north­ern Jewish con­stituen­cies — from Leeds to Glas­gow. The pub­li­ca­tion was fa­mously set up by his par­ents, Frank and Vivienne Har­ris, in their Sal­ford din­ing room in 1950, with £50 and a bor­rowed type­writer.

JEFF SHEAR

90 A LEAD­ING fundraiser spe­cial­is­ing in ma­jor donor cam­paigns. Shear was once Jewish Care’s as­so­ciate chief ex­ec­u­tive and has helped many char­i­ties boost their abil­ity to raise cash. He also leads train­ing cour­ses help­ing fundrais­ers to hone their skills.

CLIVE LAW­TON

89 THE NON-CON­FORM­IST who prefers san­dals to suits is the un­of­fi­cial spir­i­tual leader of Lim­mud, help­ing to trans­form it from Bri­tish-Jewry’s best-kept se­cret to its most cel­e­brated ex­port. A charis­matic lec­turer who is a reg­u­lar at the Lon­don Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre, he showed a gen­er­a­tion that Jewish ed­u­ca­tion is the place to be.

ALEX BRUM­MER

88 ALEX BRUM­MER of­ten faces ques­tions about his move across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum from the left­lean­ing Guardian to the right-wing

Daily Mail, where he is now city ed­i­tor. But the hard-hit­ting jour­nal­ist has of­ten used his col­umns to fo­cus on boy­cotts of busi­nesses with links with Is­rael. He de­fended his pa­per over its cov­er­age of Ed Miliband’s fa­ther. A well-re­spected vi­cepres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies.

NAOMI AL­DER­MAN

87 WITH GE­OF­FREY Al­der­man as a fa­ther, one could eas­ily fall silent in the shad­ows — but not so Naomi. One of the lead­ing young writ­ers on Jewish-re­lated themes, she won ac­claim early in her ca­reer, pick­ing

up the Or­ange Award for New Writ­ers, the Sun­day Times Young Writer of the Year, and Granta’s Best of Young Bri­tish Nov­el­ists 2013. Also the co-cre­ator of the suc­cess­ful iPhone game, Zom­bies Run!

AN­DREW GIL­BERT

86 THE LABOUR stal­wart and for­mer chair­man of the Re­form move­ment is a con­sum­mate com­mu­nal politi­cian who takes a close in­ter­est in what goes on in the sa­lons of Bri­tishJewish lead­er­ship. Rep­re­sent­ing UJIA on the Board of Deputies, ex­pect him to play a sig­nif­i­cant campaign role be­hind the scenes in the elec­tion of the Board pres­i­dent next year. He has been a force in the growth of Lim­mud and par­tic­u­larly its take-up by other coun­tries.

NI­COLA MEN­DEL­SOHN

85 PROOF PER­HAPS that you can have it all, Men­del­sohn has com­bined a high-fly­ing ad­ver­tis­ing ca­reer with mar­riage to Labour peer Lord Men­del­sohn and the rais­ing of four chil­dren. She was ap­pointed head of Face­book’s Euro­pean op­er­a­tion in 2013 af­ter set­ting up her own ad­ver­tis­ing agency, Kar­marama, and be­com­ing the first fe­male pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Prac­ti­tion­ers in Ad­ver­tis­ing. Re­garded as an in­spi­ra­tion to young women, she had her own role model in her mother, kosher caterer Celia Clyne. Manch­ester-born, Men­del­sohn de­scribes her­self as “a proper north­ern lass”.

STEPHEN PACK

84 THE GE­NIAL pres­i­dent of the United Sy­n­a­gogue was re­cently elected un­op­posed for a sec­ond term as head of the com­mu­nity’s largest re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion. He chaired the se­lec­tion panel for Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and, when moves to en­able women to be­come sy­n­a­gogue chairs and US trustees seemed stalled, he helped to see them through. He does not seek to be a power-player on the wider com­mu­nal stage but is a voice of com­mon sense in the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

LOUISE JA­COBS

83 AS CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive of Lon­don Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre, she over­sees the run­ning of one of the lead­ing providers of Jewish ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture. The mother-of-three con­sid­ers her­self lucky to be work­ing in what she says is the best build­ing in north Lon­don — Ivy House, LJCC’s base in Gold­ers Green, and the el­e­gant for­mer home of prima bal­le­rina Anna Pavlova. More than 1,700 peo­ple come through its doors each week.

JONI BERGER

82 WHEN HIS mother fell ill and needed a bone mar­row trans­plant, Berger ran an in­no­va­tive campaign which per­suaded thou­sands of Jews to sign up to the An­thony Nolan Trust bone mar­row reg­is­ter. The Spit4Mum project is thought to be re­spon­si­ble for the largest con­cen­tra­tion of stem cells donors be­ing in Jewish ar­eas of Lon­don.

GILES COREN

81 AMONG THE seem­ingly lim­it­less ranks of restau­rant crit­ics, Coren stands out as much for the qual­ity of his writ­ing as the dis­cern­ment of his palate. And that writ­ing reg­u­larly draws on his back­ground. With his unique style, he is one of the lead­ing and most in­flu­en­tial Jewish writ­ers around. His reg­u­lar tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances have brought him to the at­ten­tion of an even wider au­di­ence.

GIL­LIAN MER­RON

80 IT IS too early to pre­dict the im­pact of the for­mer Labour health min­is­ter who came to the Board of Deputies as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive in July. She will bring po­lit­i­cal savvy to an or­gan­i­sa­tion of­ten out­wit­ted by the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil but also has to keep the peace with the JLC as the two bod­ies con­tinue to talk about merger. She should be a cred­i­ble public face of the Board — but will she be able to keep her hon­orary of­fi­cers on a tight rein?

STAN­LEY FINK

79 MUL­TI­MIL­LION­AIRE HEDGE-FUND man­ager Lord Fink bankrolled Boris John­son’s bid to be­come Lon­don mayor, be­came co-trea­surer and chief fundraiser of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, and was en­no­bled in 2010. One of the City’s sharpest minds, he is widely re­garded as a gen­uinely nice guy and was brought up in an Ortho­dox fam­ily be­fore mov­ing to a Lib­eral sy­n­a­gogue in north-west Lon­don with his wife, Bar­bara. He has raised mil­lions of pounds for chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals and is pa­tron of a num­ber of Jewish char­i­ties.

MILES WEB­BER

78 THE FOR­MER direc­tor of Labour Friends of Is­rael, Web­ber has turned his at­ten­tion to sourc­ing the best young lead­ers in the com­mu­nity as the chair of the JLC’s Gamechang­ers project. A for­mer UJIA com­mit­tee chair, the Manch­ester Univer­sity grad­u­ate is one of the best placed front-run­ners to guide the di­rec­tion of a new gen­er­a­tion of com­mu­nal lead­er­ship.

ELAINE KERR

77 AS CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive of Nor­wood, Kerr leads one of the com­mu­nity’s key char­i­ties. She ar­rived in 2011 af­ter four years as CEO of Chai Can­cer Care and a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the public health sec­tor, where she held sev­eral board posts. Re­garded as a nonon­sense char­ac­ter with a qui­etly effective ap­proach to her role.

JONATHAN GOLD­STEIN

76 THE MAN be­hind the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Red­bridge cam­pus in­cor­po­rat­ing King Solo­man and Il­ford pri­mary schools. He was called in by the JLC to take rad­i­cal ac­tion to pre­serve the char­ac­ter of Jewish ed­u­ca­tion in the east Lon­don bor­ough. “The in­fra­struc­ture is here for a vi­brant Jewish school,” he has said.

POJU ZABLUDOWICZ

75 THE FIN­NISH bil­lion­aire rose to promi­nence in the com­mu­nity in 2001 as the founder of the Is­rael ad­vo­cacy group, Bi­com. Since then, he has been ac­tive in com­mu­nal af­fairs and as a donor to David Cameron and the Con­ser­va­tive Party, giv­ing £131,805 in 2010. He is said to be close friends with both Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and Shi­mon Peres, and is re­port­edly the largest landowner in Las Ve­gas through his prop­erty com­pany, Ta­mares Real Es­tate.

BENZION FRESH­WA­TER

74 THE STRICTLY Ortho­dox prop­erty in­vestor and his fam­ily are cru­cial to the char­i­ta­ble econ­omy of the Charedi com­mu­nity. A long list of ed­u­ca­tional, wel­fare and other causes in the UK and Is­rael ben­e­fit from their deep pock­ets. Ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times Rich List, the Fresh­wa­ters gave away over £16 mil­lion in the past year.

HARRY STYLES

73 THE ONE Di­rec­tion star may not be Jewish but he seems very much at ease with a Jewish life­style. He was pic­tured wear­ing a sil­ver Star of David at the Teen Choice awards and makes reg­u­lar ref­er­ences to Jewish life on Twit­ter, hangs out at kosher eater­ies and is not afraid to throw the odd Yid­dish word or two into the con­ver­sa­tion. Thanks to his close re­la­tion­ship with Jewish mu­sic video direc­tor Ben Win­ston, his Jewish knowl­edge is stronger than one has any right to ex­pect from a 20-yearold boy-band singer from ru­ral Cheshire. Thanks to Styles, mil­lions of Bri­tish teens have be­come familiar with Purim, Pe­sach and shep­ping nachas.

TREVOR CHINN

72 A FOR­MER busi­ness­man and se­rial phi­lan­thropist with strong ties to the Labour party, some sug­gest that his in­flu­ence is on the wane af­ter step­ping down as a JLC trus­tee. Nev­er­the­less, he re­mains ac­tive as pres­i­dent of the UJIA, and in his role as a se­nior ad­vi­sor for a ma­jor pri­vate eq­uity firm. Pub­lic­ity shy, he hit the head­lines ear­lier this month over his role in the Tri­cy­cle The­atre boy­cott row. His son Si­mon

is dou­ble-Os­car-win­ning film pro­ducer.

RICHARD FERRER

71 FERRER HAS be­come a lead­ing voice on Jewish mat­ters dur­ing his time as ed­i­tor of the Lon­don freesheet Jewish News. Over­see­ing a re­vamped web­site and new com­mu­nity sec­tion, he has seen the pub­li­ca­tion’s pop­u­lar­ity grow. On TV, he has carved a niche as a com­men­ta­tor on Jewish is­sues. His ap­pear­ance on the crit­i­cally panned Chan­nel 4 se­ries Jewish Mum of the Year in 2012 al­lowed him to reach an even wider au­di­ence, but may not be re­garded as his finest hour.

JA­COB ROTH­SCHILD

70 RE­GARDED AS one of the most sig­nif­i­cant phi­lan­thropists in the com­mu­nity, the fourth Baron Roth­schild has ded­i­cated a size­able por­tion of the fam­ily’s for­tune to char­i­ta­ble causes and the arts. His Yad Hanadiv foun­da­tion helped pro­vide the funds to build the Knes­set and the Supreme Court build­ings in Is­rael. A for­mer trus­tee of the Na­tional Gallery and a key fig­ure in the restora­tion of Som­er­set House and Wad­des­don Manor, the Roth­schild home in Buck­ing­hamshire, he is hon­orary pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute for Jewish Pol­icy Re­search.

GAIL RON­SON

69 THE UL­TI­MATE lady who lunches. Dame Gail gave up her ca­reer as model when she mar­ried ty­coon Gerald Ron­son at the age of 21. Clearly the power be­hind the throne when it comes to the cou­ple’s phil­an­thropic ef­forts, she has raised hun­dreds of thou­sands for char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Nor­wood, UJIA and the one clos­est to her heart, Jewish Care, of which she is deputy pres­i­dent. It is thought this is pos­si­bly driven by a de­sire not to live in her hus­band’s shadow. “He was suc­cess­ful at a very early age,” she has said. “I didn’t want to be left be­hind.” She was ap­pointed pres­i­dent of the Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute for the Blind in 2012.

PAUL ANTICONI

68 AL­THOUGH NOT yet 50, Anticoni is one of the long­est serv­ing chief ex­ec­u­tives of a com­mu­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion. But the fa­ther-of-two hates wear­ing a suit and once as­pired to be a farmer. For 12 years, he worked with the Bri­tish Red Cross and headed their dis­as­ter op­er­a­tions in high-risk con­flict zones. He has brought drive and vigour to World Jewish Re­lief, push­ing for­ward humanitarian pro­jects in Haiti, the for­mer Soviet Union and, more con­tro­ver­sially, Syria.

ITA SY­MONS

67 THE STAM­FORD Hill­based Agu­das Is­rael Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is a life­line to many Charedi families, pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing in a city where the cost of ac­com­mo­da­tion is spi­ralling. Its found­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive is the for­mi­da­ble Ita Sy­mons, who ar­rived here as a young refugee from Poland in 1946. Not a woman to mince her words if she feels her com­mu­nity is be­ing short­changed.

BARONESS DEECH

66 A CEL­E­BRATED leader and noted aca­demic, Baroness Deech has trail- blazed the way for­ward for Jewish women in the fields of law, sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and pol­i­tics. She has been prin­ci­pal of St Anne’s Col­lege, Ox­ford, a gover­nor of the BBC, and is cur­rently chair of the Bar Stan­dards Board. Other roles in­clude mem­ber­ship of the JLC and of the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Bri­tish Jews.

BENTZI SU­DAK

65 THE CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive of the Lubav­itch Foun­da­tion in Bri­tain, Rabbi Su­dak has over­seen the rapid ex­pan­sion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion across all as­pects of Jewish life. A for­mer me­dia direc­tor of Chabad in the United States, he is cred­ited with de­vel­op­ing on­line re­sources that have at­tracted a new gen­er­a­tion of sup­port­ers. Ed­u­ca­tion is an­other key area — he has worked to pro­mote schools in Stam­ford Hill and Chabad houses on univer­sity cam­puses. Af­fa­ble, po­lite and wel­com­ing, his stock should rise.

LOUISE ELL­MAN

64 THE VET­ERAN Labour MP for Liver­pool River­side is a stal­wart of Jewish lead­er­ship and cam­paign­ing. Ell­man can always be called on to de­fend Is­rael on the green benches, and reg­u­larly con­trib­utes at the Board of Deputies and for the Jewish Labour Move­ment. The for­mer Lan­cashire County Coun­cil leader chairs the in­flu­en­tial Trans­port Se­lect Com­mit­tee.

NAF­TALI SCHIFF

63 AF­TER YEARS of wide­spread mis­trust from the com­mu­nal es­tab­lish­ment, the Aish ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor be­lieves his or­gan­i­sa­tion has truly ar­rived as a force in An­glo-Jewry. Since 1999 he has raised at least £35 mil­lion for Aish UK and its sis­ter char­i­ties, en­sur­ing a strong pres­ence on univer­sity cam­puses and schools across the coun­try to counter as­sim­i­la­tion and in­ter­mar­riage.

MAU­REEN LIP­MAN

62 THE FILM, the­atre and tele­vi­sion ac­tress is a high­pro­file ad­vo­cate of Jewish causes, es­pe­cially Is­rael. Still known for her role as Beatrice Bellman, the ar­che­typal Jewish grand­mother in a se­ries of tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials for Bri­tish Tele­com, she is on the ed­i­to­rial ad­vi­sory board of Jewish Re­nais­sance mag­a­zine and is an ac­com­plished writer as well as ac­tor. Def­i­nite na­tional trea­sure can­di­date.

MIKE FREER

61 THE CON­SER­VA­TIVE MP for Finch­ley and Gold­ers Green is among the strong­est ad­vo­cates for the Jewish com­mu­nity in Par­lia­ment. A for­mer Bar­net Coun­cil leader, the af­fa­ble back­bencher is a pop­u­lar char­ac­ter in both his con­stituency and West­min­ster. Al­though he is not Jewish, Freer is warmly re­ceived at the many syn­a­gogues and char­ity events he at­tends. Also an ac­claimed cam­paigner for gay rights.

KATE GOLD­BERG

60 CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE of the Wohl Foun­da­tion, the largest donor to the UK com­mu­nity, for the past five years, Gold­berg has man­aged and al­lo­cated its fund­ing pro­jects, en­sur­ing the gen­er­ous legacy left by Mau­rice and Vivienne Wohl con­tin­ues to do in­con­ceiv­able amounts of good for the whole com­mu­nity.

SI­MON JOHN­SON

59 THE JEWISH Lead­er­ship Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive is a new face on the com­mu­nal lead­er­ship scene. A high-flier who led the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup along­side David Beck­ham, David Cameron and Prince Wil­liam, he is renowned for his net­work­ing prow­ess. John­son is a Prest­wich­born sports lawyer and chair of Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb Sy­n­a­gogue. He has widely-im­pressed since ar­riv­ing at the JLC with his po­lite man­ner and straight­for­ward ap­proach. He has a range of in­ter­ests in the wider com­mu­nity, and is a non-ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Rugby Foot­ball League.

A high-flyer who led the FA’s World Cup bid with David Beck­ham and Prince Wil­liam

ME­LANIE PHILLIPS

58 A STAUNCH ad­vo­cate for Is­rael and a pro­lific writer (now with

The Times), she has been an in­flu­en­tial voice, also rack­ing up the col­umn inches for the JC, in a me­dia ca­reer span­ning well-over three decades. In 2013 she stepped down as a Daily Mail colum­nist and in the same year launched an ebook pub­lish­ing com­pany fo­cus­ing on the US mar­ket.

ED­WARD MISRAHI

57 WELL-KNOWN FOR his ac­tivism in Jewish and Is­raeli or­gan­i­sa­tions — in

par­tic­u­lar ed­u­ca­tional bod­ies. The Span­ish-born busi­ness­man, a found­ing part­ner of Ronit Cap­i­tal, is co-chair of gover­nors at Im­manuel Col­lege and chair of gover­nors at Naima JPS.

MICHAEL GOVE

56 DE­POSED AS Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary but still in the Cabi­net as Chief Whip, Gove re­mains the most ar­dent Zion­ist in the gov­ern­ment. He paid his first visit to Is­rael last year af­ter over­com­ing a fear of fly­ing. Equally de­ter­mined in crit­i­cis­ing Is­lamic ex­trem­ism and sup­port­ing faith schools, Gove reg­u­larly at­tended Jewish com­mu­nal events. His de­ci­sion to re­lent on al­low­ing He­brew to be placed on a list of Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion-ap­proved lan­guages for pri­mary schools was a vic­tory for the com­mu­nity. His ca­reer future should be clearer af­ter next year’s elec­tion — a re­turn to jour­nal­ism or an­other top gov­ern­ment job are both pos­si­ble.

DINA BRAWER

55 THE ITALY-BORN in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tor is the first UK am­bas­sador for Amer­i­can group, the Jewish Ortho­dox Fem­i­nist Al­liance. While jug­gling a day-job at Jewish Care, she has pushed for­ward Jofa UK ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars and pam­phlets in the hope that more women will take an ac­tive role in Ortho­dox Ju­daism.

ADRIAN CO­HEN

54 BORIS JOHN­SON has his mo­bile num­ber on speed dial — or if he doesn’t, he should. Co­hen has been chair of the Lon­don Jewish Forum since 2006 pro­mot­ing the in­ter­ests of the cap­i­tal’s Jewish com­mu­nity with the Greater Lon­don Au­thor­ity and the mayor’s of­fice. He is deputy for High­gate United Sy­n­a­gogue on the Board of Deputies and an in­flu­en­tial mem­ber of Labour Friends of Is­rael. When not in­volved in com­mu­nal and Lon­don mat­ters, he is a part­ner in the bank­ing and fi­nance prac­tice of in­ter­na­tional law firm Clif­ford Chance LLP.

DEB­BIE FOX

53 IN 2005, she was a Jewish Care vol­un­teer. Now she is the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s vice-chair. One of a new gen­er­a­tion of fe­male com­mu­nal lead­ers, she is a well-re­garded con­trib­u­tor to many of the largest Jewish char­i­ties as a board mem­ber, ad­vi­sor, donor and fundraiser, in­clud­ing UJIA and Lead. She is a mem­ber of the JLC’s Com­mis­sion into Women in Jewish Lead­er­ship. A solic­i­tor and for­mer law lec­turer, she is also a qual­i­fied Pi­lates trainer.

MICHAEL WEGIER

52 THE CAP­TAIN of a ma­jor com­mu­nal ship, as chief ex­ec­u­tive of UJIA, Wegier is a key in­flu­ence on the com­mu­nity’s re­la­tion­ship with Is­rael. He is well qual­i­fied — he spent his gap year in the coun­try, made aliyah in 1990, and spent five years as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Melitz ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tute in Jerusalem. Ap­pointed UJIA CEO in 2012 af­ter a spell as the char­ity’s direc­tor of pro­gramme and plan­ning from 2002 to 2007. A key fig­ure be­hind the new plan to in­vest £240 mil­lion into Jewish ed­u­ca­tion in the di­as­pora, he has pro­fessed the view that aliyah was “bad for the Bri­tish Jewish com­mu­nity” but a price worth pay­ing as it rep­re­sented the “ideal form of Jewish liv­ing”. He has said: “I be­lieve a pas­sion­ate com­mit­ment to the Jewish peo­ple, to Ju­daism, is linked with a pas­sion­ate con­nec­tion to Is­rael.” He and his Chilean-born wife, Daniela, have three chil­dren.

LORD KESTENBAUM

51 LORD SACKS, Lord Roth­schild, Ed Miliband — all have rea­son to thank Jonathan Kestenbaum. The Toky­oborn in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy ex­pert was the first direc­tor of Chief Rabbi Sacks’s of­fice; he is chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at RIT Cap­i­tal Part­ners PLC, the in­vest­ment trust founded by Lord Roth­schild, and chair­man of Five Ar­rows Limited, the in­vest­ment com­pany con­trolled by Lord Roth­schild’s fam­ily in­ter­ests. And as a Labour peer, he has guided Ed Miliband’s at­tempts to win over the Jewish com­mu­nity. He is also the clos­est An­glo-Jewry gets to Arsene Wenger — a for­mer Mac­cabiah player him­self and a de­voted Arse­nal fan, his Team GB class of 2009 came close to win­ning Mac­cabiah gold — los­ing nar­rowly to Ar­gentina in the fi­nal on penal­ties. He will be pres­i­dent of Team Mac­cabi GB at the 2015 Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games in Ber­lin.

He has guided Ed Miliband’s at­tempts to win over the Jewish com­mu­nity

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