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David Toube 71 (New)
An up-and-coming name as key contributor to the well-regarded Harry’s Place blog, which is sympathetic to Israel, if at times critical, and exposes what it sees as left-wing hypocrisy. In professional life, the Oxford-educated blogger is an associate at the London office of international law firm Cleary Gottlieb, where he specialises in Financial Services Authority requirements to which regulated companies are subject. He has also authored legal guides and lectured in law at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Melanie Danan 72 (New)
A power within the Stamford Hill community, and beyond, as policy manager of Interlink, the umbrella body for the Charedi voluntary sector, which is highly thought of in government circles. Prior to joining Interlink in 1999, she coordinated Chizuk, a support agency for those with mental-health problems. In a 20-year career in the charity sector, she has also developed services for people with learning disabilities and been involved in the management of a maternity-support organisation.
Lady Jakobovits 73 (30)
A beloved communal elder, the widow of Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits maintains a busy diary, giving entertaining and often challenging talks to groups young and old. An undiminished commitment to Holocaust education reflects her background as a refugee from the Nazis. The 79-year-old maintains involvement in a range of women’s and welfare organisations, including Emunah, Jewish Care, Chai Cancer Care, the League of Jewish Women and Wizo.
Samuel Hayek 74 (New)
Prominent this year as key peacemaker in resolving the conflict between JNF UK and Israel-based international KKL, which had threatened to set up a rival fundraising operation in the UK. A property man, philanthropist and art collector who divides his time between the UK and Israel (where he was born in 1953), he is establishing a contemporary art centre in the heart of old Jaffa to promote young artists. His diplomatic skills were previously deployed as an adviser to Ariel Sharon and as a military spokesman for the IDF.
Sir Sigmund Sternberg 75 (46)
The veteran philanthropist remains a persuasive voice on interfaith issues. A past recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, Sir Sigmund, 86, was a founder of the Three Faiths Forum, bringing together Jews, Muslims and Christians, and is a patron of the International Council of Christians and Jews. Has also made a significant contribution to the Reform Movement of which he is life president, having established the Sternberg Centre in Finchley as a venue for religious, educational and cultural activities.
Ken Livingstone 76 (92)
Although he will be less influential after May 1 if he loses the London mayoral race to Boris Johnson, Mr Livingstone, 62, has impressed the Charedi community with his appreciation of its housing problems and his support for new projects. He has raised the prospect of a Charedi presence in the proposed major development of the Thames Gateway. In the short-term, he has held talks with community leaders about providing bigger houses for the strictly Orthodox. However, many Jews find it difficult to forgive his likening of Evening Standard journalist Oliver Finegold to a concentration-camp guard; insulting comments about businessmen David and Simon Reuben; and his hosting of controversial Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Jennifer Moses 77 (New)
Recruited by Gordon Brown to advise on social policy, the financier and charity supporter is no stranger to the headlines, most recently about the collapse of husband Ron Beller’s hedge fund in the global credit crunch. The media had a field day over the 2004 court case when the then Goldman Sachs investment banker and her husband had more than £1 million stolen from them by Ms Moses’s personal assistant — without either of them realising. In 2002 she helped establish Ark, a London-based international children’s charity, and has reportedly channelled £2 million of her own money through Ark into the King Solomon Academy in Marylebone.
Rabbi Jonathan Magonet 78 (New)
A big year for the former Leo Baeck College principal and Reform Movement personality. He is the editor of the new edition of the Reform Siddur, Forms of Prayer, and is also in the forefront of Muslim-Jewish dialogue in the UK. Rabbi Magonet, 65, enthusiastically endorsed a recent initiative by prominent Muslims here and abroad for “peace, dialogue and understanding between Jews and Muslims”.
Geraldine D’Amico 79 (100)
Movement up the list reflects the quality and popularity of Jewish Book Week under her stewardship. The crowds continued to support the event this year despite the late withdrawals of star speakers such as Zadie Smith and Jon Ronson. Previously cultural attaché at the French Embassy in London, where she was instrumental in promoting Francophile writers. Our judges complimented her as “a good coalition-builder”.
Alan Goldman 80 (New)
The former director of Heron international is the “fixer’s fixer”, helping to ensure the delivery of Gerald Ronson’s communal projects. He has a finger in many pies, including the Jewish Leadership Council and JCoSS, the cross-communal secondary school due to open in East Barnet in 2010. Another educational role is the chairmanship of British ORT. Mr Goldman is a Stanmore Synagogue member.