Janet founded Jewish Renaissance in 2001 and retired as CEO early in 2019. She is delighted that David Benmayer is carrying JR forward and continues to be involved wherever her experience can be utilised.
David has long been involved in numerous Jewish cultural activities. Once editor of the Jewish youth magazine Mosaic and former President of the S&P Sephardi Community, David’s passions include widening access to education, science research and medical innovation under the Dangoor Education umbrella. He is also a member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. David is the main sponsor of Jewish Renaissance and consistently provides creative ideas about JR's evolution.
Editor Rebecca Taylor | Art Director Becky Redman | Music, Listings & Online Editor Danielle Goldstein | Arts & Podcast Editor Judi Herman | Film Editor Jason Solomons | Poetry Editor Liz Cashdan | Web Designer Becky Redman | Subeditors Agi Erdos, Judi Herman, Stephen Herman, Patti Langton, Diane Lukeman, Judith Mirzoeff | Illustrations Thomas Fournier | Photography Elisabeth Blanchet, Rob Greig, Charlotte Mayhew, Celia Topping | Executive Director David Benmayer | Operations Manager Lorraine Sheridan | Marketing Consultant Ricky Coussins | Honorary Legal Advisor Richard Rampton QC
Monica Bohm-Duchen | Deborah Brooks | David Conway | Raphael Gee | Shoshi Ish-Horowicz | Liz Ison | Bea Lewkowicz | Michael Mail | Judith Mirzoeff
Board of Trustees
Executive Director David Benmayer | Chair Ian Lancaster | Patti Collins | Martin Motz | Judy Weleminsky | Brian Harris
Ian joined Renaissance Publishing's Management Committee in 2005 and took on the chairmanship of the Trustees 10 years later. He was previously co-founder and managing director of a specialist newsletter and conference company, which now has 20 staff and publishes five b2b newsletters with a global readership. He has also been a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Chairman of North West Surrey Synagogue. He lives in a floating home on the Thames, which he and his wife designed.
Patti joined Jewish Renaissance as a Trustee in 2017. She is a social anthropologist and award-winning documentary producer who previously worked at the BBC. She subsequently trained as a person-centered therapist and worked at University College London as a student counsellor. Her work is now based at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, where she documents ethnographic photographs. Patti is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue and their Board of Management, and previously represented the Oxford Synagogue on the Board of Deputies. She also currently reviews films for the UK Jewish Film Festival.
Dr Martin Motz has been a member of Renaissance Publishing's Management Committee since 2002 and is now a Trustee. He is a former treasurer and co-chair of his synagogue, which he now represents at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He is an active member of its Defence and Interfaith Relations Division, where he is leading on improving links with Hindu and Sikh communities. Martin also works as a volunteer advisor for Hounslow Citizens Advice and is a part-time tour manager for Great Rail Journeys. His career was at IBM where he was responsible for long-term relationships with major clients.
Judy advised the board on gaining charitable status in 2013/14 and then joined as Trustee, taking the lead on fundraising in 2015. Her career has been at leadership level in the charity sector, including being chief executive of NCVO and National Schizophrenia Fellowship (now Rethink). Judy also served on the NGO boards of the General Social Care Council and Cafcass. She is the founder of Pro Israel, Pro Palestinian, Pro Peace, chair of the University of Roehampton Jewish Resource Centre, and an active member of Wimbledon Synagogue.
Brian Harris joined Jewish Renaissance as Trustee and Treasurer in 2015. As a qualified chartered management accountant, Brian served as a senior manager with the Civil Aviation Authority and then as an interim finance manager rescuing struggling finance departments. He now runs an outplacement agency teaching people how to find work. Brian was treasurer and bursar of Limmud and is now treasurer and trustee of the independent Orthodox Walford Road Synagogue in Stoke Newington. He is also chair of the Enfield & Barnet Branch of the Jewish Labour Movement (formerly Poale Zion), a member of Woodside Park Synagogue and has been on the Board of Management.
Editorial Advisory Board
Geraldine Auerbach MBE | Alex Brummer City Editor, Daily Mail | Monica Bohm-Duchen Art historian | Max Dunbar CEO, Jewish Museum Manchester | David Glasser Chair, Ben Uri Art Gallery | Judy Ironside MBE Founder & President, UK Jewish Film | Jennifer Jankel Chair, Jewish Music Institute | Clive Lawton OBE Senior Consultant, Limmud | Maureen Lipman Writer and actor | Claudia Rubenstein, Director Jewish Book Week | Raymond Simonson CEO, JW3 | Nitza Spiro Director, Spiro Ark | Lena Stanley-Clamp Director, European Association for Jewish Culture | Connie Webber Managing Editor, Littman Library | Prof Jonathan Webber Jagiellonian University