The top most influential Jews of year 2014

This year’s list features politicians, rabbis and researchers, human rights activists and philanthropists, entrepreneurs and entertainers from Israel and around the world.

This list is based on “The Jerusalem Post’s annual Shavuot list of the world’s 50 most influential Jews!”

50. Mark Leibler

National chairman of the Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council.

49. Marcie Natan

National president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America

48. David Golinkin

President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

47. Chaim Chesler

Chairman of the Executive Committee of Limmud FSU

46. Ofra Strauss

Chairwoman of the Board of the Strauss Group

45. Dalia Dorner

President of the Israeli Press Council

44. Raphael Mechoulam

Medical marihuana pioneer

43. Ester Rada

Israeli-Ethiopian musician

42. Daniel Gordis

Senior vice-president of the Shalem Center

41. Benny Gantz

IDF Chief of Staff

40. Vladimir Sloutsker

Co-founder and president of Israeli Jewish Congress

39. George Soros

Financier, speculator, political activist

38. Lena Dunham

TV director, writer and producer

37. Idan Raichel

Musician and cultural ambassador for Israel

36. Abe Foxman

National director of the Anti-Defamation League

35. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Former chief rabbi of Great Britain

34. Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief rabbi of Great Britain

33. Ephrat Levy-Lahad

Director of Shaare Zedek’s Department of Medical Genetics

32. Hershey Friedman

Businessman, publisher, philanthropist

31. Moshe Kantor


30. Jeremy Ben-Ami

Executive director of J Street

29. Irwin Cotler

Human rights activist

28. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

Founder and president of Shurat HaDin

27. Natalie Portman

Actress, director, producer

26. Nir Barkat

Mayor of Jerusalem

25. Joseph Gitler

Founder and CEO of the Leket Israel food bank

24. Karnit Flug

Governor of the Bank of Israel

23. Matthew Bronfman

Businessman and philanthropist

22. Lynn Schusterman

Founder and co-chairwoman of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

21. Yosef Abramowitz

President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital, co-founder of the Arava Power Company

20. Ed Miliband

Leader of the British Labor Party

19. Isaac Herzog

Leader of the Israeli Labor Party

18. Scarlett Johansson

Actress, SodaStream celebrity spokeswoman

17. Tzipi Livni

Justice minister of Israel

16. Rabbi Yechiel Z. Eckstein

Founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

15. Shari Arison

Owner of Bank Hapoalim, philanthropist, author

14. Stanley Fischer

Vice chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank

13. Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker, founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

12. Ronald Lauder

President of the World Jewish Congress

11. Elie Wiesel

Holocaust survivor, author, activist

10. Naftali Bennett

Economy minister of Israel

9. Yair Lapid

Finance minister of Israel

8. Adina Bar-Shalom

Founder of the Haredi College for Women

7. Avigdor Liberman

Foreign minister of Israel

6. Malcolm Hoenlein

Vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

5. Sheldon Adelson

CEO and owner of Sands Hotel and Casino, philanthropist

4. Shimon Peres

President of Israel

3. Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime minister of Israel

2. Janet Yellen

Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve

1. Jack Lew

Secretary of the United States Treasury

Thanks for reading, see you next year!

Mazel tov!

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