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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014

February 5, 2015 2:11 pm 46 comments

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2014


Alain Finkielkraut
Moshe Halbertal
Deborah Lipstadt
Jacob Metzer
Steven Pinker
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin


Yaacov Agam
David Blatt
Leonard Cohen
Gal Gadot
Scarlett Johansson
Ryan Kavanaugh
Steven Spielberg
Harry Styles


Meira Aboulafia
Adina Bar-Shalom
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
Daniel Gold
Anett Haskia
Ephrat Levy-Lahad
Gabriel Nadaf
Dumisani Washington


Tony Abbott
José María Aznar
Ron Dermer
Yuli Edelstein
Abdul Fatah el-Sisi
Stephen Harper
Goodluck Jonathan
Mitch McConnell
Narendra Modi
Benjamin Netanyahu
Tamir Pardo
Eric Pickles
Bohuslav Sobotka
Manuel Valls
Moshe Ya’alon


John Chambers
Patrick Drahi
Michael Federmann
Jonathan Medved
Rupert Murdoch
Judith Richter
Li Ka-Shing
Israel ‘Izzy’ Tapoohi


Josh Block
Chaim Chesler
Roger Cuikerman
Yechiel Eckstein
Shawn Evenhaim
Gideon Falter
Abraham Foxman
Racheli Frankel
Sammy Ghozlan
Robert Goot
Marvin Hier
Malcolm Hoenlein
Howard Kohr
Moshe Kotlarsky
Yehuda Krinsky
Daniel Mariaschin
Joel Mergui
Arthur Schneier
Natan Sharansky
Vladimir Sloutsker


Sheldon Adelson
Mikhail Fridman
Roger Hertog
Moshe Kantor
Ronald Lauder
George Rohr
Gerald Ronson


Pope Francis I
Warren Goldstein
John Hagee
Haim Korsia
Berel Lazar
Jonathan Sacks


Lassana Bathily
George Deek
Daniel Mael
Brain Mast
Mohammed Zoabi


David Brooks
Julie Burchill
Irwin Cotler
Alan Dershowitz
Bassam Eid
Matti Friedman
Anthony Julius
William Kristol
Bernard Henri Lévy
Alberto Nisman
Dennis Prager
Jonathan-Simon Sellem
Leah Soibel
Adin Steinsaltz
Joseph Telushkin
Khaled Abu Toameh
Elie Wiesel


  • Daniel barenboim the conductor sorry if i mispelled
    Gad el maleh comedian actor
    All the comedians! Seinfeld, jon steward, woody allen, billly cristal, mel brooks
    Missing many actors, actresses..barbra streisand , bette middler and young ones!

    • What is blogger Jonathan Simon Sellem doing in the list? His blog frequently insults Jewish personalities!!

      His blog “JSSnews” is known for insulting personalities such as Jean-Yves Camus, a specialist of antisemitic, far-right wing parties in France; or Dov Zerah, a member of the French Jewish consistory who became head of the French development agency. He also insulted Archinoam Nini because… she “sings with Israeli Arabs” and “promotes peace.”

      Did Algemeiner do a background check on Sellem and his blog?

      There are tons of great French-Israeli bloggers and journalists out there, I’d suggest checking the great work of Jaffa-based team of i24 News for a start.

  • Agree about the omissions: Glick, Krauthammer, Valdery,Geller, others…could mention some Righteous Gentiles like Hugh Hewitt, Frank Gaffney…too many for a list of just a hundred.

    Nice to see we’re not alone.

  • Rhonda Blender

    What about Dr. Elana Yael Heideman, PhD of the Israel Forever Foundation who works tirelessly to engage Jews in the Diaspora with Israel. Her name belongs on the list!

  • You should include the leaders and organization: CUFI
    Christians United for Israel- a marvelous supporters of Israel

  • Donniel Hartman and David Horovitz should be
    on this list.

  • marcia davidowitz

    Out of 100 people, only 4 are women. Something is very wrong somewhere

  • hannah bacharach

    There is not even a question that Chloe Valdary belongs on your list. I can think of very few people who are as committed to advocating for Israel as she. The past couple of years she has tirelessly devoted her life to pro-Israel activism. She is a true friend, huge inspiration, and role model. She gives those of us who feel the future of Israel is of utmost importance, hope. It takes courage to stand up on college campuses, the most virulent beds of anti-Israel activism in America today, and to unapologetically, makes the case for Israel. And she does it brilliantly. Chloe is a unique treasure, and deserves our utmost respect, and recognition!!! I can’t possibly understand how the Algemeiner missed this opportunity to honor her.

  • Glenn Beck should be on the list. His radio, TV programs and have included his interviews with Rabbi Sacks as well as regular features on Israel, Jews, Islamic terrorism, etc

  • Few contributions to positively influencing Jewish life in 2014 (and all other recent years) exceed in importance combating biased mainstream media battering of the Jewish homeland of Israel, regarding both misreporting of Israel defending its citizens against terror and misportraying key history. Andrea Levin of CAMERA and someone from Honest Reporting should have been on your list.

  • Tony Abbott Jewish? He is a Catholic!

  • Conrad Nadell

    Very difficult to create such a list. That being said I feel there are some obvious choices overlooked, namely: Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal
    Carolyn Glick of the Jerusalem Post
    Stephen Harper, PM of Canada

  • Susan Kaufman

    The name Chloe Valdary is a glaring omission from the names under Innovation and Activism!

  • I’m saddened to see so many people on this list known for their hate speech – expressly directed towards our President, including Bill Kristol, Donald Trump, and the Rev. Hagee.How can you honor someone whose goal is to convert Jews? Elie Wiesel and Reverend Hagee don’t belong in the same zip code, let alone the same list. Same with Donald Trump whose campaign to embarrass our President is disgusting.

    • I agree! She’s a dynamo! Also glaringly absent is Roz Rothstein of Stand With Us. Roz, a founder of SWU, and the organization have been working hard for more than a decade to help Jewish students on high school and college campuses educate people with FACTS and TRUTH about Israel and the Middle East. Kol Hakavod to Chloe and Roz! And Kol Hakavod to all the other incredible people on this list!

    • Is Trump on the list? I see him in the picture but not on the list, thank God. There are people here I definitely take issue with. The good news is there are so many Jews and non for that matter who positively influence the world.

    • Froma Zeitlin

      finally, a voice of reason amid the cacophony of yea-sayers to some of the most despicable human beings on this list. If the criterion is ‘influencing Jewish life,’ woe betide us. And interesting to see that the litmus test is unquestioning allegiance to Israeli politics, whatever they may be. Thanks, Ilene.

    • I think you missed the point of the list because you are focused on your support and promoting the President rather than honor those who have positively influenced Jewish life.

      Can we leave politics out of it, please?

      While you have the right to support the President, there are those like Mr. Trump, who don’t see him in the same light or agree with his policies. But the fact remains that Mr. Trump and the other honorees deserve the acclaim that Algemeiner bestowed on them.

    • As a Christian I was delighted to see so many nominations for omissions from this list. May you have many thousands who deserved to be there who were not listed.

      However, attacks on the Rev. John Hagee and others accused of “hate speech” indicate the difficulty liberal Jews have in distinguishing the true friends from the true enemies.

      Concerning Obama ,would you regard the Rev. Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Robert Malley and other Obama Associates and advises as an indicator of Pres. Obama’s true attitude toward Jews and Israel. Would you regard it as unforgivable for him to attend a dinner where the main toast was “death to Israel” we never disassociated himself from the sponsor of that dinner. You should.

  • Why not Pilar Rahola, Melanie Philliips and Caroline Glick. Simply, brilliant people!

  • Elaina Electrah


  • Elaina Electrah


  • I can think of 1000 names that belong on your top 100 list. I am sure that many others can also think of many many names. You are to be congratulated for your efforts here are just a few of my additions.
    Rabbi Isaac Jarrett;
    Dr. Solomon Golomb:
    David P. Steinmann Ҭ
    Prof. Anne Bayefsky Ҭ
    РSheriff Kevin Beary, Orange County, Fla. Ҭ
    РRep. Shelley Berkley Ҭ
    РDeputy Chief Michael Berkow, LAPD Ҭ
    РV. Adm. John M. Bird, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РJ. Kenneth Blackwell Ҭ
    РAmb. John R. Bolton Ҭ
    РR. Adm. Garry J. Bonelli, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РChief James Burke, Suffolk County, NY Ҭ
    РRep. Eric Cantor Ҭ
    РGen. James T. Conway, USMC (ret.) Ҭ
    РGen. Don G. Cook, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. Robert D. Eaglet, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РAdm. Leon Edney, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РAdm. Mark P. Fitzgerald, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, USMC (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Thomas Griffin, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston, USMC (ret.) Ҭ
    РGen. Hal M. Hornburg, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РCol. Jack Jacobs, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РAdm. Jerome Johnson, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РV. Adm. Bernard Kauderer, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РV. Adm. Anthony A. Less, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РSenator Joseph Lieberman Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. Jarvis Lynch, USMC (ret.) Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РR. Adm. Edward Masso, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Charles May, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Frederick McCorkle, USMC (ret.) Ҭ
    РHon. Dave McCurdy Ҭ
    – Chief Bill McSweeney, LA County Sheriff’s Dept. “¨
    РR. Adm. William F. Merlin, USCG (ret.) Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. William C. Moore, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РChief Joseph Morris (ret.) Ҭ
    РDr. Joshua Muravchik Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. Robert B. Patterson, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РV. Adm. David Pekoske, USCG (ret.) Ҭ
    РV. Adm. James B. Perkins, III, USN (ret.) Ҭ
    РChief Joseph Polisar (ret.) Ҭ
    – Oliver “Buck” Revell, FBI (Ret.) “¨
    РMaj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Mark D. Shackelford, USAF (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Ted G. Stroup, Jr., USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РLt. Gen. Guy Swan, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РMaj. Gen. Larry Taylor, USMCR (ret.) Ҭ
    РGen. Louis Wagner, USA (ret.) Ҭ
    РHon. Bill White Ҭ
    РR. Adm. Thomas J. Wilson, III, USN (ret.) Ҭ

  • Where is Chloe Simone Valdary?

  • Eitan Moskowitz

    You’ve left Kasim Hafeez off? He has been fighting the Israel haters on campus for a few years and seems not to be recognized by you

  • This is a great list. I am french so let me tell you that Sammy Ghozlan, Jonathan-Simon Sellem and Alain Finkie really deserve your award. They are making an incredible job.
    Actually, Sellem and Ghozlan are amazing for jews

    I like also Valls.

  • What about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper?

  • After reading this list, I’ve cancelled my subscription.

  • Shimon Simons

    Please look into the work of Elliot Hamilton as a future Jewish leader. His work on the college level on behalf of the Jewish people and Zionism is outstanding.

  • Joel Lewittes

    I wholeheartly agree with your choices. Well done.

  • Without Pamela Geller, this list is hollow! She is the Queen Esther of our time..She is the female Jabotinsky of our time..

    • agreed!

    • Pamela Geller is Queen Esther as much as I am Brad Pitt. I happen to agree with much of what she writes about the middle east and Islam and I certainly support her free speech right to circulate her views. But she is her own worst enemy by the way she conducts herself, by inextricably linking her cause to the most extreme ultra-conservatives in the country, by her repeated defamations and insults at the president and everyone else who to any extent she disagrees with, Her abrasive and extremist personality is why she is an appalling messenger for a message that often has much truth and reason.

  • Rupert Murdoch??? No one in the field of sports??? Adelson? Not my kind of list!

    • With respect, whether or not you approve of Sheldon Adelson’s business or political endeavors, the fact that he is single-handedly responsible for tens of thousands of young people discovering their birthright in Israel is reason alone.

    • Elisheva Lahav

      David Blatt is in the field of sports and doing a great job.

  • At least 2 of your 100, Prager and Telushkin, were involved in the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry in their college days.

  • Charles Krauthammer should have been included on the list.

    • I agree. Charles has long been an advocate for Israel as have been Noni Darweesh, and Walid Shoebat.

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