Lord Sacks to tour UK universities

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010
Lord Sacks

Lord Sacks

The Chief Rabbi is to embark on a nationwide tour to meet Jewish students.

Lord Sacks will be speaking at Jewish Society events at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester.

The talks are to be centered on the role of faith in modern Britain, the importance of having a vibrant Jewish student community and how students can deal with the challenges of campus life.

Lord Sacks will also look at how young people can draw on Jewish values to make a positive impact on the world, and how they can best counter antisemitism and anti-Zionism while at university.

He said: "Our students have been on the front line of some very disturbing intimidation in recent years and they need our total identification and support.

"I want to meet as many Jewish students as possible, and I am looking forward to some really challenging and rewarding encounters."

The road trip has been organised in conjunction with the Union of Jewish Students and the University Jewish Chaplaincy.

UJC chief executive Ian Kamiel and UJS chair Alex Dwek will be accompanying Lord Sacks.

Alex Dwek said: “We are thrilled that the Chief Rabbi will be visiting Jewish students on campus.

“This is an important time of year for students as they start to immerse themselves in university life and we hope that the visit will encourage even more students to get involved in their JSoc.”

The Chief Rabbi will be at Birmingham and Nottingham on October 27, and at Manchester and Leeds on October 28.

Last updated: 12:03pm, October 25 2010