Lord Jonathan Sacks

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 20, 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. 


Hope’s hit

June 20, 2008

A video to promote Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks’s CD, Home of Hope, marking Israel’s 60th anniversary, has received more than 134,000 hits on YouTube since its launch last month. Sir Jonathan sings on one track, Oseh Shalom.



FCO to host antisemitism conference

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

The first conference bringing together parliamentarians from all over the world who lead the fight against antisemitism will be held in London next February, co-hosted by the Foreign Office.

The other co-host will be the newly formed Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). Sessions of the conference will be held at the Houses of Parliament and the Foreign Office.


Chief backs training scheme

June 13, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has agreed to be a patron of a new training  programme to encourage young lay and clerical religious leaders in the UK. Successful applicants in their 20s will be given free places on the £11,000-per-head Faith in Leadership scheme.


Memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz

June 6, 2008

More than 200 Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue members attended a memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz, who died in January, aged 77. United Synagogue leaders joined the congregation and a letter was read out from Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, recalling Rev Graniewitz’s “passion and pride in Judaism and the Jewish people. He had the ability to empathise and to bring a smile to faces in difficult times.” Tributes were also paid by Stanmore senior minister Rabbi Mendel Lew and Rev Graniewitz’s sons David and Steven.


'A different kind of rabbi' hailed by Chief

By Jay Grenby, May 16, 2008

Edgware Synagogue’s new minister is “a very different kind of rabbi”, Sir Jonathan Sacks told a 600-strong congregation on Sunday.

Addressing the induction service for Rabbi David Lister, the Chief Rabbi remarked that there were few ministers who could claim to be “adept on the violin and guitar, versed in French literature, astronomy and quantum physics, as well as author of a forthcoming book entitled Inter-Galactic Judaism, or whose induction sermon for his former Muswell Hill congregation had embraced an ode to a Harley-Davidson motorbike.”


Sacks calls for action over campus hate

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has called on university vice-chancellors to take greater action to defend Jewish students who are made to feel like “pariahs” on campuses around the UK.

He told the JC this week that vice-chancellors “must defend freedom of speech on all sides and all arguments. It must never be students of this or that faith who feel vulnerable or at risk or like pariahs on a university campus.


Sacks gives talk to Reading Hebrew Congregation

May 16, 2008

More than 70 people attended Reading Hebrew Congregation to hear the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathon Sacks give a talk about Israel. He spoke of how his great-grandfather had made aliyah from Lithuania in the 19th century and settled in Petach Tikva, where he built the town’s first house. Sir Jonathan then took questions from the floor.