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Jewish Biographies: 50 Most Influential American Jews

(Updated January 2014)

Jewish Biographies:
50 Most Influential American Jews

(Updated December 2016)

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Every year, The Forward publishes a list of its 50 most influential Jews in the United States.
Those selected come from all walks of life, religious affiliation and gender. The list includes writers, politicians, musicians, actors, professional athletes, lobbyists, activists and more.

The Top 5

Julia Ioffe

Daveed Diggs

The Full List


  • Sarah Hofstetter
  • Michael Dubin
  • Evan Spiegel


  • Mark Hetfield
  • Harry Swimmer
  • Thomas Frieden
  • Rachel Gilmer
  • Michael Twitty
  • Jonathan Greenblatt
  • Gali Cooks



  • Jeffrey Goldberg
  • Danielle Berrin
  • Masha Gessen
  • Julia Ioffe


  • Daniel Landes
  • Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
  • Rachel Cowan
  • Shmuly Yanklowitz
  • Yehuda Glick


  • Gloria Allred
  • Judy Sheindlin
  • Alexandra Brodsky


  • Liz Alpern
  • Roger Sherman



  • Sarah Hurwitz
  • Yael Lempert
  • Jared Kushner
  • Eric Schneiderman
  • Ben Shapiro
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Haim Saban
  • David Wildstein
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Jona Rechnitz


Sources: The Forward