Forward 50 heavy on philanthropists and nonprofit leaders


The Forward this morning released its latest Forward 50, its annual list of whom it deems are the 50 most influential American Jews.

Check out the list here at The Forward.

If you’re just looking for the names the philanthrophile might need to drop today, here they are:

  • Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder who gave $1 million to HIAS as he began to plot out his philanthropic course this year.
  • Misha Glaperin, the former D.C. federation exec who has signed on to work as Natan Sharansky’s second in command in reforming the Jewish Agency.
  • Sara Berman, the daughter of Michael Steinhardt who has become the leading force in the Hebrew charter school movement.
  • Ruth Messinger, the CEO of the American Jewish World Service.
  • Daniel Sokatch, the former San Fran federation exec who is now the new CEO of the New Israel Fund.
  • Rebecca Vilkomerson, the power behind Jewish Voice for Peace.
  • Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers union.
  • Jennifer Gorovitz, who succeeded Sokatch in San Francisco to become the first woman to head a major Jewish federation.
  • Alexander Rapaport, who started the Masbia kosher soup kitchen in Boro Park, Brooklyn.
  • Lynn Schusterman, who gives away some money to Jewish causes. (And who became a major force in the LGBT movement this year, when she said she would not give to those who are not inclusive.)
  • Daniel Sieradski, the former JTA director of digital media and now digital strategist at Repair the World, who is creating platforms for the DIY Jewish movement.
  • Michael Rosenzweig, the director of the newly openened National Museum of American Jewish History.
  • Shamu Sadeh, the director of Adamah and a leader in the Jewish food movement.
  • Steve M. Cohen and Leonard Saxe, the diametrically opposed Jewish sociologists who I am sure are thrilled to be sharing a split photo and entry.
  • Jerry Silverman, he Jewish Federations of North America CEO who helped quell the conversion disaster in Israel.

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