LONDON - Retail tycoon Philip Green and Childline founder Esther Rantzen are among members of Britain’s Jewish community being recognized in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honors.
BHs and Top Shop owner Philip Green, 54, becomes a Sir for his contribution to the fashion industry while 65-yar-old Esther Rantzen gets a CBE for her contribution for services to children and young people.
"I am happy, this wasn't expected. I absolutely welcome it,” said the billionaire. "It is 25 to 30 years of working in this business with tens of thousands of people," said Sir Philip. "I think it is a nice honor - to have made your mark. It is nice for me and my family."
David Michels, former chief executive of leisure organization Hilton Group also becomes a Sir. Joan Burnstein co-founder of the Browns fashion store becomes a CBE for her contribution to the fashion and retail industry.
Naim Dangoor, a 90-year-old Iraqi Jew is also recognized with an OBE for his contribution to the Jewish community as well as to education. A former businessman, Dangoor is also active in promoting Iraqi Jewish education and history through his The Scribe publication.
Rabbi Harry Jacobi, who was born in Berlin in 1925 and arrived in Britain as part of the Kinder transport, which saw 10,000 children being saved from the Nazi regime in Europe becomes an OBE for services to the Jewish community. Rabbi Jacob is also vice president of Liberal Judaism.
Cheryl Sklan, a youth worker involved in the Masorti movement becomes an MBE for services to young people.
Reprinted with permission of Something Jewish