Lord Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi defends Rupert Murdoch during Israel tour

By Jenni Frazer, February 14, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made an unexpectedly robust defence of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch this week, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world” than Mr Murdoch.

Lord Sacks spoke during his last official visit to Israel as chief rabbi, in a mission to the northern projects of the UJIA.

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Chief Rabbi weighs into Sunday Times Scarfe cartoon row

By Jennifer Lipman, January 29, 2013

The chief rabbi has warned of the dangers of "inflammatory" images such as Gerald Scarfe's Sunday Times cartoon about Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Right choice began at home

By Joel Braunold, January 3, 2013

After months of leaks, rumours, deadlock and a search that spanned the globe, the committee to find the next chief rabbi picked Ephraim Mirvis of Kinloss. He is a wonderful rabbi with one of Britain's most prominent pulpits and he is someone that most in the Orthodox community knew all along was the correct candidate for the job.

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‘Safe’ choice is probably the last

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 24, 2012

As a non-member of the United Synagogue, my interest in the process by which it has chosen a new chief rabbi is naturally limited. But, as a historian of Britain’s Jewish communities, my curiosity is intense.

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A chief for the next generation

By Richard Verber, December 14, 2012

The search for the next Chief Rabbi is reaching its conclusion. Other commentators have already outlined the need for Lord Sacks's successor to take greater control of the London Beth Din as well as re-engage with the growing Charedi communities. But what key challenges face the next chief rabbi in involving the younger generation?

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Lord Sacks: religion can help sustain welfare state

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Lord Sacks has described religion as "the redemption of our solitude" during a parliamentary debate on the role of faith in society.

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The Church chose. Why are we still waiting on a chief?

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2012

The appointment last week of the new Archbishop of Canterbury should be of Jewish interest in one respect at least: it took only eight months after Rowan Williams announced his retirement for the Anglican Church to name Bishop Justin Welby as its new head.

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Unanimous UK Jewish communal organisations support for Israel over Gaza fighting

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

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Chief Rabbi blames Iran for Israel- Gaza conflict, live on BBC radio

By Sandy Rashty, November 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has told BBC listeners that the blame for the Gaza conflict should be placed on Iran.

The chief rabbi had given the Thought For The Day, the daily religious item on the Today programme on Radio 4, when he was asked what he thought of the current Israel- Gaza conflict. Lord Sacks said: "I think it's got to do with Iran."

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US rabbi out of chief race

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2012

The odds on the next chief rabbi coming from Britain shortened after an American rabbi tipped for the post said this week that he was not in contention.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Rosenblatt, of the Riverdale Jewish Centre, New York, who had met the selection panel, said on Monday that he was “not involved in the chief rabbi search”.

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