Lord Jonathan Sacks

American award for Lord Sacks

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2014

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been honoured in the United States for his defence of religious liberty.

He has been awarded the Canterbury Medal by religious liberty law firm The Becket Fund.

Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University said that Rabbi Sacks was “not only a distinguished leader of the Jewish community, he is a teacher of mankind.

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Peer attacks shechita as ‘unacceptable’

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Clearer labelling of meat should be introduced in Britain to help identify animals killed in accordance with religious slaughter, peers have argued.

During a fierce debate in the House of Lords, shechita was described as “barbaric” and “absolutely unacceptable” before Jewish peers rallied to defend the practice.

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Let’s rev up that pulpit power

By Shmuley Boteach, December 17, 2013

When Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies, challenged me to a public debate, I immediately accepted (we thought it would happen at this year’s Limmud, then logistics got in the way but I look forward to airing this critical dialogue soon).

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New London chair for Sacks

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been given another academic post with his appointment as Professor of Law, Ethics and Bible at King’s College, London.

Since his retirement as Chief Rabbi, he has taken on visiting posts at Yeshiva and New York Universities in the United States.

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Sacks lands teaching roles in New York

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2013

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been made a professor at two American universities and will spend three months a year teaching in New York.

He has been appointed as the Kressel and Efrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University and the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University.

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Installation of the new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2013

The entire congregation of over 1,400 had managed to be in their seats before the start of the service and they did not utter a word for its hour and three-quarters duration.

Installations of a Chief Rabbi are few and far between — just 11 in 300 years.

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David Cameron welcomes new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as Britain's new chief rabbi.

Rabbi Mirvis will be installed at St John's Wood Synagogue this afternoon in the presence of Prince Charles and hundreds of dignitaries.

Mr Cameron posted a message on Twitter thanking outgoing chief rabbi Lord Sacks for his contribution.

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Chief Rabbi — we are proud of you

By Mick Davis, August 30, 2013

In my communal roles, both at the Jewish Leadership Council and UJIA, one of the real perks has been the opportunity to engage with the Chief Rabbi.

I have always found our relationship to be one of sincerity and warmth.

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The Chief Rabbi worked out that confrontation was best avoided

By Naftali Brawer, August 30, 2013

I first met Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks when as a 26-year-old I joined his rabbinate to serve Northwood United Synagogue.

In the 17 years that followed I occupied a front-row seat looking onto his career and achievements.

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A great speaker, yes, but Chief Rabbi Sacks was not a great leader

By Baroness Neuberger, August 30, 2013

On Chief Rabbis, old and new.

The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has been a huge asset to the Jewish community, particularly in the eyes of the non-Jewish world.

He has been a superb broadcaster, an intelligent and persuasive writer, a great speaker, and he can make the House of Lords laugh at the drop of a hat.

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