Davis is the No 1 macher


The wait is over. After four weeks of counting down, the top 10 of the JC Power 100 is revealed today. And there is a new man in pole position - Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis.

The 56-year-old South African is placed ahead of philanthropist Trevor Pears at number two; two chief rabbis; charity heads; a baroness; a dame and a 350-strong cohort of Limmud volunteers.

Relaunched after a six-year hiatus, this year's list of the most influential figures in Anglo-Jewry was decided by a panel as well as readers' nominations.

Former chief rabbi Lord Sacks is down from top spot in 2008 to number three; still two places ahead of his successor, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

A significant trend is the emergence of women. Nineteen were included six years ago; now the figure has risen to 29, with three - Laura Marks, Baroness Neuberger and Dame Vivien Duffield - in the top 10.

By contrast, the younger generation failed to make the same breakthrough, with a dearth of under-40s on the list.

Surprises include the Limmud volunteers at number 10. The judges felt that they, rather than any one individual, encapsulated the grassroots spirit of what has become a major event in the community's calendar.

And eyebrows might be raised at the presence of Harry Styles at 73. But when the One Direction singer tweets his support for Israel to millions of followers, who can doubt his influence?

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