Chief Rabbi’s error

July 5, 2012

Opinions on gay marriage vary. In that, the Jewish community is no different from the rest of society. As the Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue, it is hardly a surprise that Lord Sacks opposes the idea. Plainly, he believes that gay marriage is contrary to the Torah. And he has as much right oppose to gay marriage as anyone else.


Chief Rabbi is wrong to denounce gay marriage: full letter

July 5, 2012

It is a matter of great regret that Lord Sacks has chosen to make a statement in his official capacity opposing the right of gay and lesbian men and women to marry. Even if same-sex marriage is contrary to Jewish law, it does not compromise the position of Orthodox Jews to let others marry as they wish. Lord Sacks has sought to influence how the generality of the population leads its life.


Gay group celebrates landmark

By Barry Toberman, June 28, 2012

In 1972, a small advert in Gay News attracted 190 people to a meeting to launch a UK organisation for gay Jews.

This weekend, the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group celebrates its 40th anniversary with a chavurah led by three rabbis, a party for 150 members and supporters and a Jewish East End walking tour.


Chief Rabbi will oppose gay marriage

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2012

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has finally broken his silence on gay and lesbian marriages and opposed government plans to introduce it.

In a submission to a Home Office consultation, the London Beth Din (the Chief Rabbi’s court), and the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue, stated that same-sex unions were “against Jewish law”.


Why I support gay marriage

By Daniel Finkelstein, June 14, 2012

We Jews like to pray. We spend hours at it. And we've been doing it for thousands of years. Granted, it's in Hebrew so most of us are a bit hazy on the detail. And we aren't big on decorum, or even sometimes on appropriate behaviour.


Gay rights challenge to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

A gay rights campaign, in which a Jewish journalist is prominent, is to force each member of the House of Lords, including the Chief Rabbi, to record their position on gay marriage.


Jewish groups respond to Obama backing gay marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

American Jewish groups have expressed support for President Barack Obama’s declaration in support of gay marriage.

In a landmark statement on Wednesday the president said: “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”


Israeli Masorti movement agrees to ordain gay rabbis

By Zoe Winograd, April 20, 2012

Israel’s Masorti movement has agreed to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis.

The Israeli Conservative movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary held a vote on Thursday to decide whether the institute would admit and ordain gay and lesbian students.


Universities say no to hate speakers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Anti-extremism campaigners were celebrating a string of victories at UK universities this week.

Muslim speaker Sheikh Assim Al Hakim, known for his radical views on homosexuality, was barred from three campuses in a matter of days.