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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018


Ephraim Mirvis

Chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth

The 11th chief rabbi of Britain's 250,000-strong Jewish community, South African-born Ephraim Mirvis moved to Ireland in 1982, to take up the rabbi's position at a synagogue in Dublin. A former chief rabbi of Ireland, Mirvis has also served as rabbi of two of the largest Jewish congregations in London. Appointed as chief rabbi of the UK in 2013, Mirvis has found himself thrust into the political limelight as a result the continuing antisemitism scandals plaguing the British Labour Party and its far-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn. In a stinging rebuke to the Labour Party in July over its refusal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, Mirvis warned that "Other groups might also legitimately ask if they will be next in having the prejudice they are subject to defined for them." (Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office.)


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