Lord Jonathan Sacks

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.


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.


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.


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.


Prince Charles will attend new Chief Rabbi’s installation

By Simon Rocker, August 29, 2013

The Prince of Wales is to attend the installation of the new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at St John’s Wood Synagogue on Sunday.

It will the first time a royal presence has graced such an occasion, according to the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

Just two months ago, Prince Charles led the praise at a tribute dinner for Lord Sacks, who is retiring after 22 years in office.


Transformed: Lord Sacks’ verdict on the community he led for 22 eventful years

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2013

Lord Sacks believes the defining achievement of his time as Chief Rabbi has been an unprecedented transformation in the status and confidence of British Jewry.

“We have strengthened the standing of the Jewish community in the wider society,” he said. It is now “more active, exuberant and self-confident” than ever before.


My legacy? A community that is able to walk tall

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2013

The floor of the lounge where Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has received prime ministers, archbishops, VIPs from far and wide and myriad communal representatives in countless receptions, is now awash with books.


Chief Rabbi: multiculturalism has 'had its day'

By Zoe Winograd, August 19, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that multi-culturalism in the UK has “had its day” and has criticised the government for not doing enough to encourage marriage.

In an interview with The Times, he said that multiculturalism had caused "segregation and inward-looking communities.


My question to the Chief Rabbi— was it OK to fancy him?

By Ruth Gledhill, August 16, 2013

Just as Jonathan Sacks is now, Immanuel Jakobovits was a hard act to follow as chief rabbi.

Lord Sacks’s predecessor worked on so many levels. Our own son, for example, owes his very existence to a chance conversation I had with Amélie, Lord Jakobovits’s wife, which led to an introduction to a top fertility specialist.


Sacks trust set up to ‘inspire a generation’

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

Former Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald is to chair a new trust set up to support the work of Lord Sacks after he retires as Chief Rabbi.

The Covenant & Conversation Trust, named after Lord Sacks’s series of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion, will promote “inspirational leadership”, develop educational material and support interfaith understanding.