Jew year honours
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-12-29
Choreographer Arlene Phillips is among those Jewish luminaries who have been recognised in the Queen's New Year honours list for 2013.
Phillips - who is best known as the founder of dance troupe Hot Gossip as well as being a former judge on Strictly Come Dancing, was named a CBE in the list for her services to dance and charity and adds to an OBE she previously was awarded.
And the 69-year-old admitted to being delighted by the award. "I am very pleasantly surprised but mostly absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive such a wonderful honour," she said.
Others to feature on the list include Holocaust survivor Meyer Hersh, who has been made an MBE. The former Auschwitz victim, who now lives in Manchester, was sent to nine different concentration camps during World War II, and now tours schools and other educational establishments telling his story.
Meanwhile Howard Ian Rabin, who founded the Lubavitch Lending Library 40 years ago, has been made an MBE in recognition of his work over the past four decades.
The 65-year-old, who revealed that he hoped to combine the library's anniversary celebrations with those of his trip to the Palace, said: We had a small cupboard with some old tatty books, now we have about 18,000. All Lubavitch centres have a library but ours is generally considered one of the best.”
There were also honours for Rabbi Herschel Gluck, former leader of Walford Road Synagogue in north London and founder of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, who has been made an OBE, author and historian Karen Liebreich who became an MBE and Jewish Child's Day Chairperson Joy Moss, who was awarded an MBE for her services to charitable giving and disadvantaged children both in the UK and elsewhere.
And there were knighthoods for Michael Aron Heller, a philanthropist who has helped many Jewish organisations - including the London Jewish Cultural Centre - and Helen Hyde, who has been headmistress of Watford Grammar School for 20 years as well as being involved in Holocaust education at the Imperial War Museum.
Mrs Hyde, who lost family members in the Sobibor concentration camp during World War II, said the honour was "utterly amazing and humbling," adding, "I never expected to receive such an honour for something I love to do."