Fifteen years ago, founding editor Seth Lipsky of the English Forward went in search of the men and women who were leading the American Jewish community into the 21st century. Today, the publication released its curren Forward 50.
Forward’s editor Jane Eisner writes:
Many of the names and faces on that original list were well-known stalwarts of the Jewish establishment, players in New York and Washington, powerful benefactors. They were representative of the kind of authority and leadership prevalent in 1994. The men wore suits and ties. The rabbis wore beards. …
Only one person on the original Forward 50 is on today’s list – filmmaker and philanthropist Steven Spielberg.
The five most influential and interesting people have never been on the list before.
One category is scandal, and I think that we all know whose name is there without looking. According to Eisner, each year the staff debates how to handle those whose impact has been dramatic and damaging.
Here are the names in each category. Go to the links above to read more about them and why they were selected.
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Leonard Abess, Jr.
J. Shawn Landres
Media & Culture
Lenore Skenazy and Ayelet Waldman
David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel
J. Ezra Merkin
See the links above for complete information, and there’s even a video about how the staffers choose the individuals. There is comment section; chime in on who you think should or shouldn’t be on the list and why.