The 50 Most Influential Jews In The World 2012

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34. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, is at the forefront of issues relating to Jews on the European continent.

Kantor, 58, has been working hard to explain the threat a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to the world and has pressed for crippling sanctions against the Iranian regime within Europe.

As president of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, an non-governmental organization uniting world-renowned experts on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, he has focused the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran on global stability. He was awarded the highest level of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor this year, in recognition of his work towards the rights of minorities, promoting interfaith relations, leading the fight against racism and anti-Semitism and pushing for a more tolerant Europe.

Kantor has also led efforts to legislate and enforce measures against anti-Semitism, hate and intolerance in Europe as chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

Due to his efforts, Holocaust Remembrance Day will become an annual event at the European Parliament, keeping alive the memory and significance of the Holocaust and its lessons amongst European leaders and officials. <…>


1. Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

2. Jack Lew, White House Chief of Staff

3. Jill Abramson, New York Times Executive Editor

4. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook

5. Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

6. Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service

7. Jon Stewart, Comedian and TV Host

8. Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the US

9. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairman of the US Democratic National Committee

10. Peter Beinhart, Writer

11. Shai Agassi, CEO of Better Place

12. Daniel Shapiro, US Ambassador to Israel

13. Sacha Baron Cohen, Comedian

14. Benny Gantz, Israel Defense Force (IDF) Chief of Staff

15. Jeremy Ben Ami, Executive Director of J Street

16. Drake, Singer

17. Amir Eshel, Israel Air Force Commander-in-chief

18. Shelly Yechimovich, Opposition Leader, Head of the Labour Party

19. Eric Cantor, US House of Representative Majority Leader

20. Jonathan Safran Foer, Writer

21. Stanley Fisher, Governor of the Bank of Israel

22. Shimon Peres, President of Israel

23. Norton Schwartz, US Air Force Chief

24. Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve

25. The Frat Pack, Four young successful comedic actors and movie makers (Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen)

26. Rich Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism

27. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods

28. Jonathan Sachs, Outgoing UK Chief Rabbi

29. Sheldon Edelson, Businessman

30. Mayim Bialik, Actress and Writer

31. Michael Pollan, Food Writer and Activist

32. Mathew Bronfman, American Businessman and Philanthropists

33. Shmuely Boteach, Rabbi and Congressional Candidate

34. Moshe Kantor, European Jewish Congress President

35. The Schalits, (Aviva and Noam Schalit) Activists

36. Natalie Portman, Actress

37. Stan Lee, Comic-book Creator

38. George Soros, Businessman and Philanthropist

39. Esther Pollard

40. Yosef Abramowitz, President of Arava Power

41. Meryl Frank, US Ambassador to the UN Commission of the Status of Women

42. Lev Leviev, Chairman of Africa Israel

43. Ovadia Yosef, Spiritual Leader of Shas

44. Shaul Mofaz, Head of the Kadima Party

45. Alan Dershowitz, Law Professor, Writer, Activist

46. Shari Arison, Businesswoman and Philanthropist

47. Noa Tishby, Actress

48. David Wolpe, Rabbi (Sinai Temple Conservative Jewish Community in Beverley Hills, LA)

49. Josh Reinstein, Director if the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus

50. Nina Tessler, President of CBS Entertainment