Lord Jonathan Sacks

'Remarkable' Lord Sacks to retire in 2013

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

Lord Sacks will be a “hard act to follow”, the President of the United Synagogue said as he announced that the chief rabbi will retire in two years' time.

Simon Hochauser told a US Council meeting on Monday that Lord Sacks will leave his post in September 2013, after 22 years in the post.

Despite some speculation that he would not be replaced, it was made clear that there would be a successor and that focus groups would be used during the recruitment process.


Chief Rabbi to retire in 2013

By Jessica Elgot, December 13, 2010

The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, is to retire in September 2013, it was announced tonight at the United Synagogue council meeting.

Despite some speculation that he would not be replaced, Simon Hochauser, President of the US, made clear that there would be a successor. He also revealed that focus groups will be used during the recruitment process.

Speculation will now begin in earnest as to his successor, and the precise method by which he will be appointed.




Davis row 'sideshow' says Sacks

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2010

The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has said that controversy over UJIA leader Mick Davis's criticisms of Israel is "the wrong debate" which distracts from the real issue.

Lord Sacks had previously made only a brief statement, saying there was "much to be gained" from honest debate over Israel as long as it came with unshakeable commitment.

But he has now changed tack in an essay on last week's Torah portion, published on the United Synagogue website.


Chief praises Brighton's rock

By Cecily Woolf, December 9, 2010

The Chief Rabbi opened "a new chapter in the distinguished history of the Brighton Jewish community" when he inducted Rabbi Hershel Rader as minister of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation.

Civic leaders and representatives of other Brighton synagogues were among the 350 people who packed the West Hove Synagogue, where the service was conducted by Adrian Alexander and Eliot Alderman, son of JC columnist Geoffrey Alderman.


Lord Sacks is a great teacher

By Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, November 30, 2010

For my 20th birthday, my mother gave me the book Traditional Alternatives by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. I was fresh out of yeshivah and studying in university, and this book had a profound effect on me. It explained the origins and complexities of my Jewish identity. It gave me a language to articulate the values and principles on which modern Jewish life was based. The author became the Chief Rabbi and every new book he publishes turns up on my birthday. That body of work is my constant reference. It underpins my teaching and philosophy.


Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks fails to speak out in Lords

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

The Chief Rabbi has not made a single speech in the House of Lords since he became a peer more than a year ago, apart from his maiden speech.

Lord Sacks, one of the most eloquent religious leaders in the English-speaking world, was made a life peer on October 27 last year but, according to the politics website They Work For You, he has not spoken in the House since his uncontroversial maiden speech a month later.

In this time, there have been several debates on controversial topics, including Israel, the labelling of kosher meat and universal jurisdiction.


Lord Sacks on UK campus tour

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2010

Pictures from the Chief Rabbi's tour of UK universities.

Nearly 600 students attended the four talks, in Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester, on the subject of the role of faith in modern Britain.

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Lord Sacks: 'Take note London'

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

The Chief Rabbi has said an ambitious project to celebrate 150 years of Leeds Jewry should be replicated in other UK communities.

Lord Sacks was guest speaker at a dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue for 200 people to launch LJ150, which will see public exhibitions of the city's Jewish heritage over the next two years.

Commenting afterwards, he praised "the way that generations are in dialogue through this project and the way community elders keep the needs of the young at the forefront of their minds".


Lord Sacks tackles tax dodgers

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2010

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised people who try to avoid paying tax in the current economic climate.

Addressing the annual dinner of the Jewish Assocation of Business Ethics in London on Tuesday night, he said: "I think individuals have to say 'if I belong in this society, I have to share in the fate of this society'.

"Where everyone else is suffering, it is morally wrong to say 'I am going to take myself out of it'. Even if you can justify it, the fact is we're all in this together."


Chief Rabbi is YouTube hit

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2010

A video of the Chief Rabbi singing Oseh Shalom has just received its millionth Youtube visitor.

The song, set in a new version by Shabbaton choir director Stephen Levey, was recorded by leading producer Trevor Horn and featured three chazzans as well as children from the Moriah Jewish Day School.

“I’m delighted it has touched so many people,” said Lord Sacks. “It’s a piece of music that has lifted people’s spirits.”