Make mine a medal, please

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012
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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

A Holocaust survivor, a Nobel physicist, a Hollywood actress, a poet and charity fundraisers are some of the Jewish names among the 2012 New Year's Honours.

The founder of the Community Security Trust, Gerald Ronson, receives a CBE for his charitable work. His wife, Gail Ronson, also known for her active charity work, especially for Jewish Care, was made a Dame in 2004.

Philanthropist and businessman Naim Dangoor, 97, receives a CBE. Mr Dangoor, a visiting professor at Nanjing University, is an Iraqi-born Jew and a long-term supporter of the Jewish Museum and the Jewish Community Centre. He has donated £4 million for British university scholarships. He said: "Like many Jewish people, my family and I found refuge in this country from oppression elsewhere and we are very grateful. "

Major awards have gone to the former Lord Mayor of London, Michael Bear, who has been knighted, and former Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness Helene Hayman, who receives the Knight Grand Cross for services to the House.

Gerald Ronson

Gerald Ronson

Civil engineer Sir Michael said: "I hope I have made a small contribution to showing how construction, engineering and finance can work together to regenerate cities and build the infrastructure of development."

Physicist Professor Andre Geim, Manchester University's Nobel Prize winner, who suffered antisemitism in his native Russia, has also been knighted.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile, the son of Polish Jewish refugees, has been made a CBE, for services to national security. Lord Carlile was appointed as an independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, just hours before the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11 2001.

Anne Frank's stepsister, 82-year old Holocaust survivor, Eva Schloss, receives an MBE.

A founding trustee of the Anne Frank Trust, Mrs Schloss said: "I have worked for 25 years to combat hatred and discrimination, and I'm thrilled the government are recognising what we are doing." Mrs Schloss will travel to Moscow at the end of the month, to lobby the government there to adopt Holocaust Memorial Day.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, who is halachically Jewish, receives a CBE. She recently portrayed a 1960s Jewish mother in the film Sixty Six.

Leo Solomon, president of the tiny Grimsby Jewish community, was awarded an MBE for services to music. A music teacher for 42 years, Mr Solomon is now chairman of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Youth Orchestra. He said: "I saw the envelope from the Cabinet Office and thought 'Oy vey, I've forgotten my income tax'. I couldn't believe it. I read the letter three times. It's fantastic."

An MBE was awarded to Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust. She said: "This is a tribute to my dedicated colleagues at the Trust as well as the incredible and inspirational Holocaust survivors I have the honour to work with."

Michael Whine, government and international affairs director at the CST, also receives an MBE. He has worked with CST and the Board of Deputies for more than 25 years, is a member of the hate crimes advisory board at the Ministry of Justice and represents them at international conferences as an adviser.

The New North London Synagogue member said his award was "a tribute to the contribution the Jewish community makes in a number of specific areas. We make a very substantial impact on advising this government and others on hate crimes."

Hendon Reform Synagogue council member, Malcolm Ozin, who received a MBE as president of Jewish Blind and Disabled, said: "It's a fantastic feeling, and a real reward for the time spent with JBD, which has been so rewarding in itself." Mr Ozin, 77, was co-founder of the charity, and has been involved for 42 years.

Jess Wood, partner of Rabbi Elizabeth Sarah of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, has been awarded an MBE for services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and young people. She set up Allsorts, a drop-in and support group for lesbian, gay and transgender young people, and those unsure of their sexuality.

Manchester philanthropist Jack Livingstone, president of the Lancashire County Cricket Club, has been honoured with an OBE for his charity work. Gideon Ben Tovim, chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust, receives an OBE for services to health.

Alzheimer's Society co-founder Morella Kayman, who won Jewish Care's Unsung Hero award last year, was made an MBE. Other awards included poet Dr Dannie Abse, who receives a CBE, Leslie Moss of Pinner, awarded an MBE for his fundraising efforts for Cancer Research, an MBE for Debora Singer, policy and research manager at the Islington charity Asylum Aid, and OBEs for Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, the co-founders of Frieze Art Fair.

Last updated: 10:10am, January 6 2012