Jews recognised in Queen’s Birthday List

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A substantial number of Jews, including South Africans such as Johnni Clegg, left, from a wide variety of fields, such as education, business, inter-faith relations and philanthropy, have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Jun 17, 2015

Iraqi-born entrepreneur Naim Dangoor was knighted for his “extraordinarily generous philanthropy to a range of health, educational and religious charities”.

Clegg JohnniHe is the grandson of former Chief Rabbi of Iraq Ezra Dangoor. At the age of 101, he is the second oldest person to be a made a knight.

RIGHT: Johnni Clegg was one of the SA Jews who got the nod on the Queen's birthday list
Dangoor was granted asylum in the UK in the 1960s, where he set up a successful property development company.

Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president of Facebook, has been made a CBE. Manchester-born Lady Mendelsohn began working at the social networking site in 2012, having previously had a 20-year career in advertising.

Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf was made a Member of the Order of Companions of Honour for his services promoting the rule of law, human rights, prison reform and inter-faith dialogue.

He is a patron of the Woolf Institute, an organisation dedicated to promoting inter-faith relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.


Journalist and TV presenter Loyd Grossman was honoured for services to heritage, being made a CBE for his work as chairman of The Heritage Alliance.

He presented numerous TV show including Masterchef and Through the Keyhole. His lifelong passion for history, arts and heritage led to his work with the Heritage Alliance, an umbrella group of almost 100 heritage organisations. He was made OBE in 2003.

Tower Hamlets councillor Peter Golds was made a CBE for services to local government. “I am very honoured and very pleased, he said. “For what Jewish community is left in Tower Hamlets I think it is a tribute to them.”

He was awarded an OBE in 1996 and was a founder of the Jewish Gay Group.

Peter Kessler, founder of Jewish free school Eden Primary, was honoured with an MBE for services to education.

Kessler helped set up Eden, the first truly cross-communal Jewish primary school in the country, in Muswell Hill, north London, in 2011 with the aim of creating an institution that provided a Jewish education for Jewish and non-Jewish children from all backgrounds.

Loraine Warren, president of the Jewish women’s charity WIZO, received an OBE for charitable services to women and children in Israel.

Also honoured was former president of the Board of Deputies Dr Lionel Kopelowitz who was made an MBE for his services to inter-faith relations.

Julia Hobsbawm received an OBE for services to business. She is the world’s first professor in networking and an honorary visiting professor at the Cass Business School in London.

Publisher Ernest Hecht was made an OBE for services to publishing and charity. Hecht, who owns Souvenir Press, one of the few remaining independently owned major publishing houses in the country, set up his charitable foundation in 2003. Since then it has supported a range of charities helping the disadvantaged and promoting the arts and education.

Rebecca Masri, former chairman of Young Afikim, a group supporting projects aiding disadvantaged Israeli families, was made an MBE for services to charity


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