Lord Jonathan Sacks

Sacks opens Finchley Primary

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The Orthodox community's newest school opened its doors to pupils in Finchley this week.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks joined the Morasha Jewish Primary's first eight reception-class pupils in a singalong before performing the official opening.

The fee-paying school - set up by Finchley Synagogue members - will accept a further seven pupils during its first year. Up to 25 additional pupils will enrol for the 2009/10 acdemic year.


Sacks, the TV star and the 'Kabbalah' meeting

By Leon Symons, August 7, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has unwittingly become part of an embarrassing wrangle involving the controversial Kabbalah Centre, its offshoot Spirituality For Kids (SFK) and Esther Rantzen.  Sir Jonathan met the Childline founder while filming his Rosh Hashanah broadcast for the BBC. The theme was families and family values.


Sacks tells Lambeth bishops that all society needs religion

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2008

Jews and Christians have done more than any religions to "mend their relationship", Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks said in the first address by a rabbi to the Anglican Lambeth Conference in its 140-year history.

Speaking in Canterbury on Monday to around 650 bishops from across the globe, the Chief Rabbi recalled the progress made towards reconciliation.


Manchester stalwart Olsberg dies

July 31, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has led the numerous tributes to long-serving Manchester minister Rev Leslie Olsberg, who died on Sunday, aged 86.

Mr Olsberg was minister of Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation for 36 years and was chaplain to a range of organisations. His MBE in 2007 recognised 60 years' service to the Manchester community.

He was admitted to North Manchester General Hospital, where he died, after breaking his hip last week. Nurses attempted to contact the Jewish chaplain only to discover that Mr Olsberg still held that role.


Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks pays tribute to Bushey Synagogue volunteers

July 10, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks paid tribute to Bushey Synagogue volunteers at a reception at the shul. The 100 guests fulfil a variety of roles, from opening up the building in the morning and assisting with mail-shots to involvement in the pioneering Bushey Community Cares programme. Bushey chairman Paul Mendelsohn said it was good to show appreciation for the efforts of volunteers on a more personal basis.


Help us to find peace, says Sacks

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks appealed in Trafalgar Square for Palestinians to live side by side in peace with Israel.

“Today, because of Israel, there is at least a chance of peace,” he said. “Yet every time Israel proposes peace, it is greeted with terror and suicide bombings, Katyushas and Kassams. Israel will continue to seek peace — we will continue to support it doing so. We pay tribute to the UK government for its support for Israel and for peace.


Sacks awarded degree for interfaith dialogue and diversity

July 3, 2008
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has received an honorary degree from Roehampton University for his contribution to interfaith dialogue and diversity. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey said the award recognised commitment to principles which resonate with the values of the university. He had been prominent in debates on the role of faith in building a society based on ethical values.


Rabbi... or is that Robbie?

By Simon Round, June 27, 2008

When Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks arrived at BBC Television Centre last week for his Thought for the Day slot, he had problems gaining access to the studio.


Israel rally set to raise the roof

June 20, 2008

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the first UK “Salute to Israel” parades in London and Manchester on June 29.

The London parade, which will start at midday on the corner of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly, will culminate in a Trafalgar Square rally at 2pm. Supporters can expect a visual spectacle as they watch marching bands and floats sponsored by companies, including the JC, and communal organisations. 

The rally will be compered by LBC radio host Nick Ferrari, with guests including Knesset member Isaac Herzog and Ed Balls MP.


Sacks to address Anglican bishops

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2008

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, is to address next month’s Lambeth Conference, the international convention of Anglican bishops convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury every 10 years.

“It is certain that this is the first time a Jewish leader has addressed a Lambeth gathering at the personal invitation of the archbishop,” said Canon James Rosenthal, spokesman for the Anglican Communion.