Lord Jonathan Sacks

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The right leader for a ‘stiff-necked people’

By Rabbi Gideon D Sylvester, August 9, 2013

I have always been a dedicated student of the Chief Rabbi, but I only really appreciated the scope of his reach on the Friday night of a conference in Los Angeles.

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He’s the cleric who represents the best of British values

By Richard Harries, August 2, 2013

It is a wonderful example of divine humour, that at a time when the role of religion in society is allegedly fading, the two outstanding public intellectuals of our time should have been the Chief Rabbi and the last Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

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Global mission for Sacks

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 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 in September.

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

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Chief rabbi — what’s the point?

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2013

For Michael Howard, he is an “apostle of moderation.” For Vanessa Feltz, he is someone to disagree with, while Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi thinks it would be a good idea for Muslims to have one.

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