Catching up with Members of the Tribe in the public eye. Names of Jews in the news are in boldface.
‘Time’ for influential Jews
The May 10 issue of Time magazine features its annual list of The World’s 100 Most Influential People, those Time describes as individuals “whose ideas, innovations, and actions are shaping our world.”
Eleven Jewish persons are on the list, although only one is identified as Jewish in the issue. They include White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (#33), “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart (#40), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner (#41), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (#69), Rep. Eric Cantor (#72), and pop singer Adam Lambert (#90).
Time has also divided a larger list of its top 200 most influential into sub categories. The “Leaders” category features “car czar” Ron Bloom, 55, and International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62. The “Artists” category honors Damon Lindelof, 37, the co-creator and co-writer of ABC’s “Lost”; Lea Michele, 25, the star of “Glee”; and fashion designer Marc Jacobs, 47.
Five Jews are in Time’s “Thinkers” category: Edna Foa, 73, an Israeli-born clinical psychologist and leader in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder; Jaron Lanier, 48, a pioneer in virtual reality technology; Victor Pinchuk, 49, a powerful Ukrainian businessman whose philanthropies include AIDS awareness programs and Jewish communal institutions; Michael Pollan, 55, a leading critic of agribusiness and one of the most important champions of a diet based on healthy, unprocessed foods; and Jaime Lerner, 72, a Brazilian architect who transformed the city of Curitiba during his time as mayor.
Finally, in Time’s “Heroes” category there is actor Ben Stiller, 45. 5/21o wrote about Stiller for Time, calling him, “a deeply comic spirit and a deeply kind spirit” who deftly used humor to raise funds for Haiti.