Drum roll… Forty Under 40: The countdown continues – 30 to 21!

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Drum roll… Forty Under 40: The countdown continues – 30 to 21!

From leading political campaigners and an LGBT activist, to top rabbis and community organisers, we profile those tipped to shape Anglo-Jewry for years to come

We kicked off our Forty Under 40 countdown in association with the Jewish Leadership Council last week by revealing those in  positions 40 to 31. Today we continue with numbers 30 to 21

30. Georgia Gould, 33

The daughter of Labour grandees Lord Philip Gould and Baroness Gail Rebuck, Georgia has been leader of Camden Council since 2017.

Georgia Gould

After studying history and politics at Oxford University, she worked for Tony  Blair’s Faith Foundation before becoming a Labour councillor in Camden aged just 24 in 2010 and held cabinet roles with responsibility for young people, economic growth and adult social care.

She is interested in youth politics and in 2015 wrote Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future after interviewing young people.

29. Dalia Fleming, 27

The Jewish community’s foremost professional leader in LGBT+ engagement, Dalia is the executive director of Keshet UK.

Dalia Fleming

The 27-year-old played a critical role in jointly producing the groundbreaking guide, The Wellbeing of LGBT+ Pupils: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools with the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

An experienced facilitator and programme volunteer, Dalia previously organised the first LGBT+ Jewish Parliamentary Reception and ran a course at Jewish schools on how to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

28. Richard Verber, 35

Richard Verber

Richard is the former senior vice president of the Board of Deputies (elected in 2015 with a record mandate, he became the youngest senior VP  in the Board’s history) , chairing its international division and working with politicians to defend the interests of the Jewish community.

Formerly head of external affairs at World Jewish Relief, Richard is now director of communications at the United Synagogue, where he has been coordinating coronavirus communications.

He is a Holocaust educator with March of the Living UK and guides groups across Poland.


27. Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, 39

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein is a rising star in Progressive Judaism. The 39-year-old is Senior Rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

Much of Rabbi Lea’s impact has been in education and social action, where she is responsible for the cheder and adult education programme, and through her work for Tzelem, the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice.

She also chairs Arzenu Olami, the umbrella organisation of Reform & Progressive Religious Zionists, and is the only member of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel under 40.

26. Rabbi Benjy Morgan, 37

As CEO of the Jewish Learning Exchange (JLE), Rabbi Benjy leads 55 staff members, overseeing dozens of programmes that service more than 1,000 people per week.

Rabbi Benjy Morgan

With popular content such as Rabbis Unscripted and Havdallah Live being streamed, as well as planned business breakfasts with the likes of WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell, Rabbi Morgan has turned the JLE into a 21st century organisation.

Formerly head of its Young Professional Department until his promotion to CEO in 2016, Rabbi Benjy continues to inspire and guide the next generation of Jewish leaders.

25. Yehudis Goldsobel, 34

Yehudis Goldsobel

Yehudis has propelled British Jewry into tackling sexual abuse within the community. Realising that no Jewish charity existed to help victims of sexual abuse, the 34-year-old set up Migdal Emunah in 2013.

The organisation, which now has staff in London and Manchester, has helped more than 500 victims of sexual abuse to speak out, access support and therapeutic services, and at times report their abusers.

Yehudis founded Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which takes place each February.

24. Hannah Weisfeld, 38

Hannah Weisfeld

A “fearless advocate” for a lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict through a negotiated settlement, Hannah is the founder of Yachad.

Under her direction, the ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’ non-governmental organisation has secured membership on the Board of Deputies and significantly expanded its offering to include day trips in East Jerusalem with Israel tour participants.

The 38-year-old, who advises government ministers, has galvanised a generation of student activists and secured her status as a compelling advocate of liberal Zionism.

23. Miriam Lorie, 33

Miriam is co-founder of Kehillat Nashira, the Borehamwood Partnership Minyan.

Miriam Lorie

Taking place every few weeks with alternating Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services, it aims to develop an Orthodox community on the foundations of halacha (Jewish law), with participation from women and men.

Praised for enacting leadership in a “quiet but poignant manner”, the 33-year-old provides an authentic voice in bringing Judaism to life. Miriam was previously the director of programmes and alumni engagement of Lead, a division of the Jewish Leadership Council that develops current and emerging community leaders.

22. Sam Clifford, 39

Sam Clifford

Sam is a founding partner of the Mikveh Project, which will open a cross-communal mikveh in north-west London and the initiative will support people with their mental health and well-being.

Sam is the former director of the Yoni Jesner Foundation, set up in memory of 19-year-old Yoni Jesner who was killed in a Tel Aviv suicide bombing in 2002.

The 39-year-old transformed the charity into a household name, having worked in the Jewish community for 15 years.

Sam has also held senior roles at Lead, UJIA and Jewish Care, and now works as director of development for Jewish Museum London.

21. Adam Langleben, 33

Adam Langleben

Adam has established himself as one of the strongest critics of antisemitism in the Labour movement.

The former Labour councillor in Barnet and NEC member of the Jewish Labour Movement has been published in the New Statesman and the Huffington Post, and has appeared on BBC News, Channel 4 News and Sky News.

Most notably, after losing his council seat, the 33-year-old took to Twitter to appeal to John McDonnell in a viral video that received more than 150,000 views. Adam is currently head of communications and political adviser at the Jewish Leadership Council.

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