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

Entrepreneur


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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