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RUTH GREEN RUTH GREEN has set an ex­am­ple for women look­ing to take on se­nior roles in com­mu­nal lead­er­ship. A sup­porter of Women in Jewish Lead­er­ship com­mis­sion, she joined the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil’s trus­tee board this year, say­ing she was “ex­cited” to take on the role. She comes from a youth move­ment back­ground in Re­form Ju­daism — as a for­mer north­ern field worker for RSY Net­zer and youth and com­mu­nity worker for North Western Re­form Sy­n­a­gogue — but is now a mem­ber of High­gate United Sy­n­a­gogue. A trus­tee of the UJIA, she works on the Is­rael Ex­pe­ri­ence bur­sary al­lo­ca­tions com­mit­tee and pro­moted the “Ten­ner for Tour” grass­roots fundrais­ing campaign. She is also co-chair of the UJIA Lead Now board, a pro­gramme for youth move­ment work­ers and UJS sab­bat­i­cals. Green — a se­nior coun­sel­lor with 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence — has gone full cir­cle, re­turn­ing to work at the progressive King Al­fred School in Gold­ers Green where she was a pupil. DAYAN ME­NACHEM GELLEY THE AWARD of the ti­tle of “head” of the Lon­don Beth Din ear­lier this year for­mally recog­nised Dayan Gelley’s ex­per­tise in Jewish law. It also con­firmed him in the role he had ef­fec­tively played as the se­nior dayan of the cen­tral Ortho­dox ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal au­thor­ity for the past seven years. Ed­u­cated at Gateshead and Is­rael’s Pon­evez Yeshivah, he has im­pec­ca­ble Charedi cre­den­tials and has main­tained the Beth Din’s rep­u­ta­tion as a re­spected ha­lachic body in the wider Ortho­dox world. But he has also dis­played flex­i­bil­ity, per­mit­ting women to chair syn­a­gogues and be­come trustees of the United Sy­n­a­gogue. And while he may not have been over the moon at Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s de­ci­sion to go to the Lim­mud con­fer­ence, he showed pru­dence and tact in re­spect­ing it.

HAN­NAH WEISFELD THE 33-YEAR-OLD has emerged as one of the lead­ing voices of the moder­ate cen­tre-left on the Is­raeliPales­tinian con­flict. She in­sists that her Yachad or­gan­i­sa­tion (which means to­gether), is “avowedly pro-Is­rael” but Weisfeld is also fierce critic of Is­raeli poli­cies in the West Bank. Dur­ing Opera- tion Pro­tec­tive Edge she has made nu­mer­ous me­dia ap­pear­ances on the BBC and Al Jazeera, ad­vo­cat­ing a mid­dle-ground po­si­tion on the con­flict. She claims that since July Yachad has gained 1,000 new sup­port­ers and raised over £30,000 in do­na­tions. Pre­vi­ously a long-time mem­ber and head of ed­u­ca­tion for the left-wing Zion­ist youth group, Habonim Dror, Weisfeld says her back­ground in the move­ment in­spired her pas­sion for Is­rael. In ad­di­tion to on­line pe­ti­tions and let­ter writ­ing cam­paigns, Yachad also or­gan­ises group trips to the West Bank with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Is­rael’s mil­i­tary court sys­tem. KAREN PHILLIPS/MARK ADLESTONE AS CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive and chair­man re­spec­tively, Karen Phillips and Mark Adlestone are re­spon­si­ble for the run­ning of Manch­ester’s lead­ing Jewish wel­fare char­ity. They are paired to­gether in the list be­cause nei­ther would have achieved what they have with­out the sup­port of the other. To­gether, they over­saw the merg­ing of the Fed­er­a­tion of Jewish Ser­vices, the city’s largest char­ity, with the Heath­lands Care Vil­lage, fol­lowed by a multi-mil­lion-pound re­de­vel­op­ment of the site. Phillips be­gan her char­i­ta­ble work at the age of 16 be­fore be­com­ing a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer. Unim­pressed with the help of­fered to her sick mother by Jewish wel­fare groups, she set about pro­fes­sion­al­is­ing ser­vices and rais­ing stan­dards. Her work has earned her an MBE. Adlestone is a pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, run­ning Beaver­brooks the Jewellers and reg­u­larly pick­ing up awards for the chain’s level of staff sat­is­fac­tion and its char­i­ta­ble giv­ing.

LORD WIN­STON A REG­U­LAR pre­sen­ter and con­trib­u­tor to a range of tele­vi­sion pro­grammes, fer­til­ity ex­pert Lord Win­ston is as well known for his broad­cast work as he is for his sci­en­tific re­search. He was in­spired to be­come a doc­tor af­ter his fa­ther died as a re­sult of med­i­cal neg­li­gence when he was nine-years-old. Over the course of his ca­reer he be­came fa­mous for pi­o­neer­ing tech­niques to im­prove IVF treat­ment. He is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to cur­rent af­fairs pro­grammes, such as Panorama, and has ap­peared on the panel show Have I Got News for You. As chair­man of the Ge­n­e­sis Re­search Trust he has helped raise over £13 mil­lion to es­tab­lish the In­sti­tute of Re­pro­duc­tive and De­vel­op­men­tal Bi­ol­ogy, which now funds high qual­ity re­search into women’s health and ba­bies. Within the com­mu­nity he has sup­ported the UJIA’s an­nual fundrais­ing din­ners and has of­ten dis­cussed the in­flu­ence of Ju­daism on his life and ca­reer. Mar­ried to Lira He­len Feigen­baum, the cou­ple have three chil­dren. RABBI SHOSHANA BOYD GELFAND THE HIGH-FLY­ING Amer­i­can briefly made his­tory as the first fe­male rabbi to be pro­fes­sional head of a sy­n­a­gogue move­ment when she be­came Re­form chief ex­ec­u­tive in 2011. But af­ter a few months she bowed out for fam­ily rea­sons. In­stead, she has been able to ap­ply her tal­ent for for­ward-think­ing as direc­tor of the Pears-funded JHub, the cen­tre for so­cial ac­tion and in­no­va­tion which has helped to nur­ture ven­tures such as Mitz­vah Day, the Moishe House and the Jewish Vol­un­teer­ing Net­work. In­ter­ested in new ideas of com­mu­nity-build­ing, she has fos­tered ini­tia­tives which par­tic­u­larly ap­peal to the young. She re­cently pub­lished a col­lec­tion of Jewish folk talks for chil­dren.

RAY­MOND SI­MON­SON JEWISH CUL­TURE has rock­eted in Lon­don — thanks in, no small mea­sure, to Si­mon­son. As CEO of the JW3 commu- nity cen­tre on Finch­ley Road, which opened its doors last Septem­ber, he has over­seen a cul­tural re­nais­sance. He is a vis­i­ble pres­ence, reg­u­larly min­gling with JW3’s 4,000 monthly visi­tors and pro­mot­ing events with gusto. His pas­sion for the cen­tre — and for com­mu­nity ac­tion in gen­eral — is clear, having fi­nally seen the build­ing be­come a £50 mil­lion re­al­ity af­ter a decade in the mak­ing. But then, he is hardly a stranger to high­pro­file com­mu­nal devel­op­ment. Dur­ing his six-year run as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Lim­mud, he wel­comed thou­sands of Bri­tish Jews to the an­nual con­fer­ence, ex­pand­ing its pro­gramme to ap­peal to an in­creas­ingly di­verse au­di­ence.

JOSHUA ROWE AS CHAIR of gover­nors of King David High School in Manch­ester, Rowe is a lead­ing voice on Jewish ed­u­ca­tion, and has been a fierce de­fender of faith schools in the na­tional press. A ma­jor phi­lan­thropist, in 2013, he pro­duced a hand­book on Is­rael in or­der to im­prove the public’s per­cep­tion of the coun­try, and en­sured it was pro­vided for free to all school pupils who wanted to learn more. He hit the head­lines this year when he wrote a let­ter to blam­ing the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to pro­vide fund­ing for gifted pupils for Bri­tish schools’ weak per­for­mances com­pared to in­ter­na­tional ri­vals. “If we are se­ri­ous about rais­ing stan­dards, then I sug­gest the first step is to en­sure that our bright­est and most gifted pupils are fully re­sourced and suc­cess­ful schools are re­warded,” he said.

The Times JONATHAN WIT­TEN­BERG THE SOFTLY-SPO­KEN se­nior rabbi of the Ma­sorti move­ment is one of the few


Lord Feld­man

Jonathan Wit­ten­berg

Danny Rich

Joshua Rowe

Lord Win­ston

Karen Phillips

Han­nah Weisfeld

Ruth Green

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