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Jew Year's honours

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-31

Rabbi Julia Neuberger now a dame

Dame Julia Neuberger

Members of the UK’s Jewish community have been recognised in the Queen's New Year’s Honours list, with awards being given to those holding public office as well as charitable work.

Becoming new Dames are Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Gail Ronson. The new Dame Neuberger, currently chief executive of the King’s Fund, will collect her honour in recognition of services to the NHS and other public bodies. Dame Neuberger became a Rabbi in 1977 at Leo Baeck College and was formerly rabbi of South London Liberal Synagogue. She has also written a number of books on Judaism, women and healthcare. Dame Neuberger is stepping down as chief executive of the King's Fund on 1 January 2004.

Dame Ronson will collect her award for charitable services due to her involvement with Jewish Care and the Royal Opera House. Dame Ronson is the wife of business tycoon Gerald Ronson.

The former head of the Radio Authority, Tony Stoller, receives a CBE for services to broadcasting. With the Radio Authority now being absorbed by the Office Of Communications – Ofcom – Stoller is now External Relations Director of Ofcom. Prior to joining the Radio Authority, he was principal director of retailer The John Lewis Partnership, and started his career in regional newspapers.

Musician Debbie Wiseman becomes a CBE for her work in the arts. Wiseman's credits include the soundtrack for the film Wilde as well as TV shows including The Peoples Century, Clampers and Parking Wars.

Sidney Shipton who serves the Three Faiths Forum as c-ordinator becomes an OBE. The Three Faiths Forum aims to encourage dialogue and understanding between Judiasm, Islam and Christianity.

Food writer Fay Maschler who writes about restaurants for various newspapers and magazines including the Evening Standard in London becomes an MBE.