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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2019


Ben Kingsley


No stranger to legendary movies with a Jewish theme, Sir Ben Kingsley returned to the screen as Mossad officer Ethan Levin in 2019’s must-see movie about the rescue of Ethiopian Jews, The Red Sea Diving Resort. In a distinguished screen career spanning five decades, Kingsley has often taken on Jewish roles, most memorably as Itzhak Stern in Schindler’s List (1993). Other Jewish heroes he has played include Simon Wiesenthal in a 1989 HBO biopic, a role his close friend Wiesenthal urged him to take on, and Otto Frank in a 2002 television adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary. Kingsley is also adept at portraying history’s monsters, giving a chilling portrait of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Final Solution, in 2018’s Operation Finale. (Photo: Courtesy)


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