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Chief rabbi backs G20 prayer

By James Martin, April 2, 2009

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has joined other faith leaders in expressing hope that the G20 meeting in London this week would be “blessed with wisdom”.

The Chief Rabbi signed a religious leaders’ communiqué addressed to heads of the world’s largest economies, which stated: “Our prayers are with the world’s leaders that they be blessed with the wisdom and courage to begin the journey from recession to recovery, and from the old world of national pride to a new age of global responsibility.”

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Shechitah protection

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2009

The Chief Rabbis of France and the UK met in London on Monday to discuss the protection of shechitah in the wake of proposed changes to European law.

Sir Jonathan Sacks, after his meeting with his French counterpart, Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, said: “Shechitah has long been accepted as a fundamental right for Europe’s Jewish citizens.

“The acceptance of religious practices by minority cultures in society is one of the pillars upon which Europe preserves its liberal and democratic character.”

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Dinner? No thanks

By Simon Round, February 12, 2009

Reports reach the Diary that Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has invited Leader of the Opposition David Cameron to dine at his home on three occasions, and three times has been told that Cameron is unable to attend.

Of course, it may be that there is a genuine problem with dates — after all, Mr Cameron is an extremely busy man.

However, one Conservative insider tells us that the Tory Party leader is a little worried about the fact that Rabbi Sacks’s daughter, Gila Sacks, works in Gordon Brown’s office and that any conversation could get back to the Prime Minister? Surely not.

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Chief is bullish on Manchester’s future

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 12, 2009

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has predicted a rosy future for Manchester Jewry despite the large-scale migration of younger community members.

Interviewed on Saturday evening before participating in a question-and-answer session in support of South Manchester Synagogue’s youth projects, Sir Jonathan argued that in some respects Manchester Jewry was stronger than the capital’s community.

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Rally message is 'Yes to peace'

January 15, 2009

The slogan, “Yes to peace” rang out over Trafalgar Square on Sunday as thousands of people, Jewish and non-Jewish, supported the call of the Chief Rabbi and other speakers for an end to the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.

Similar scenes were enacted in Manchester where some 4,000 people gathered in Albert Square in the city centre to hear a half-dozen top speakers, including Deputy Israeli Ambassador Talya Lador-Fresher, MPs Ivan Lewis and Louise Ellman and Bicom head and former MP Lorna Fitzsimons.

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Block party buoys Mathilda Marks

By Craig Silver, December 4, 2008

A nursery and reception block at Mill Hill’s Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Primary was opened by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks on Tuesday.

Sir Jonathan fixed two mezuzot to the new facility, which had been under construction since March 2007, and Barnet Mayor Councillor John Marshall was also among the guests. Pupils sang at a special assembly.
School head Jillian Dunstan said: “The block is absolutely wonderful and is very child-centred. It will help the school move forward in providing ever-improving facilities.”

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Holzbergs were beautiful couple, says Sacks

December 3, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks told an emotional memorial service for the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks that the Jewish community would "rekindle the lights to banish terror and darkness from the world."

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Chief gives EU credit crisis talk

By Leon Symons, November 20, 2008

Europe needs a new covenant of hope to carry it through the current economic crisis and beyond, Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Addressing the parliament for the first time, Sir Jonathan discussed the differences between a covenant and a contract. European politics, he said, needed the former.

Sir Jonathan compared a contract to a deal and a covenant to a marriage. "A contract deals with ‘arenas of competition' while a covenant deals with ‘arenas of co-operation'.

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Men of letters finish Khalili gift

By Jay Grenby, November 13, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was one of 40 Western Marble Arch Synagogue members who wrote the final words of the community's newest Sefer Torah, which was presented to the congregation on Shabbat.

The scroll was commissioned by the family of scholar, collector and philanthropist Professor David Khalili and his wife Marion to mark their 30th wedding anniversary, and is the first Sephardi Sefer Torah to be donated to the shul.

In accordance with Sephardi custom, it is housed not in a mantle but in a magnificent and ornate silver case.

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Sacks throws rabbis a credit crunch lifeline

By Simon Rocker, October 24, 2008

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, is planning a special seminar next month to equip rabbis to deal with the impact of the financial crisis on their congregants.

Its aim is to help them provide pastoral care, encourage support networks and be aware of the sort of help available, such as the Employment Resource Centre.

He is also inviting some business representatives to advise rabbis on how communities can help.

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