Lord Jonathan Sacks

Community rallies round to help riot repairs

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi and community leaders have spoken of their shock after the rioting this week, but praised efforts to help rebuild the cities.

Lord Sacks said: "The riots have been a shocking reminder of how thin the surface of civilisation is, and how quickly, especially in the age of smartphones, individual criminality can become mob violence.


It's the 21st century - time to elect our leader

By TheJC.com, August 11, 2011

In 2013, a new chief rabbi will be appointed. He has a tough act to follow. Lord Sacks is not universally popular - who is? - but whatever disagreements he may have prompted within Anglo-Jewry by his various actions and inactions, he has become a towering figure within our nation. Almost alone among religious leaders, he commands respect across all beliefs and none.


Who will pick the new Chief Rabbi?

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

If hacking were legal, then the BlackBerry of Stephen Pack, the United Synagogue's new president, would be a prime target for those wanting inside knowledge of Anglo-Jewish affairs.

It is he who now must lead the search to find the next chief rabbi after Lord Sacks retires in September 2013 - and even though the post has not yet been advertised, the inquiries are coming in.


Sacks: know thy enemy to put thy case

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that Israel's PR is missing its target and called for a new approach to putting its case to the world.

In a trenchant interview with Ha'aretz, he suggested creating a thinktank to deal with the problem, involving leading Israeli intellectuals such as Amos Oz and David Grossman.

"Hasbarah [information] as government officials and pro-Israel advocates understand


Lord Sacks: Support Israel with ideas not PR

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called for the creation of a new think tank with a dream team of intellectuals including writers Amos Oz and David Grossman to develop an Israel advocacy, based on thought, not just public relations.


It's time Anglo-Jewry threw away its corset

By Shmuley Boteach, June 30, 2011

Eleven years ago, I lived in the UK and, though I served primarily as rabbi to students at Oxford University, I gradually expanded the scope of my activities until I was well entrenched in mainstream Anglo-Jewish life.

Amid my affection and admiration for a community renowned for its high Jewish day school attendance, generous social welfare programmes and committed communal charities, I slowly


Tony Blair, Amos Oz and more at Presidential Conference

By Ophir Samson, June 22, 2011

Quartet envoy Tony Blair has told an audience at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem that "supporting freedom is an intervention that goes with the grain of human progress".


Sacks gets another title

May 19, 2011

Lord Sacks is "thrilled and deeply touched" by the renaming of the Morasha school in Finchley as the Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary on its proposed move to Regents Park Road premises in 2012.


A family affair for Bnei Akiva

May 12, 2011

Bnei Akiva ran a Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'atzmaut event for the whole community on Monday at Finchley Synagogue where the 1,300 guests included Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Israeli envoy Ron Prosor.


Chief Rabbi warns Lords on Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has given the government a stern warning about peace in the Middle East, marking the first time he has spoken about Israel in the House of Lords.

The comments came during a debate in Parliament yesterday about the Middle East peace process.