Sassoon, Rebuck head birthday honours list

June 12, 2009
Dame: Gail Rebuck

Dame: Gail Rebuck

Jews from all walks of life have been named in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The highest honour goes to the chair of Random House publishers, Gail Rebuck, who is appointed Dame.

Vidal Sassoon has received a CBE for his services to hairdressing. The 81-year-old stylist made his name in 1960s when his ‘bob cut’ became the look that defined an era.

But the Jewish community will know him for his opposition to Mosley's blackshirts and the fact that he volunteered to fight in Israel's war of independence in 1948.

June Jacobs, a veteran human rights campaigner and member of the board of the JC's Kessler Foundation, has been appointed CBE in recognition of her human rights and interfaith work.

Former chair of Leo Baeck College, Professor Graham Zellick, is also made CBE for services to justice. Simon Winters, the former JNF chief executive, was made OBE for his services to charity.

OBE: Henry Grunwald

OBE: Henry Grunwald

An OBE also goes to the immediate past president of the Board of Deputies, Henry Grunwald, for services to the Jewish community and interfaith relations, and Ilana Tahan, head of the British Library's Hebrew Collections, is also appointed OBE.

MBEs go to Deborah Cohen, editor of BBC Radio Science, to Stamford Hill-based David Segelman for services to Jewish people in north London, to Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, founder of the Drugsline charity, to Daniel Taubman, for services to adult and further education, and to Joy Wolfe, for services to the Greater Manchester community.

Last updated: 11:18am, June 15 2009