Lord Jonathan Sacks

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.


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.


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.


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."


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”.


Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: single parents need help

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

Chief Rabbi Sacks has expressed concern about the divide between children from two-parent families and those who grow up without “the support and presence of their natural fathers”. He made his comments during a Lords debate about child development.


Could Kimche be chief rabbi to replace Lord Sacks?

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2012

A third British rabbi is now in the running to be the next chief rabbi - Rabbi Alan Kimche of the Ner Israel Synagogue in north-west London.

Rabbi Kimche, who is 60, said this week: "I can confirm that I am a candidate. But to discuss anything more would be premature."


US: Chief Rabbi race wide open

By Simon Rocker, September 28, 2012

It is 10 months since the United Synagogue initiated the search for a successor to Lord Sacks, who is due to retire as Chief Rabbi next September, six months after his 65th birthday and after 22 years in office. But it could be a little while yet before a name is announced.


Thoughts on Succot from the Chief Rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

Joy is... An open roof, an open door, an open heart. Lord Sacks discusses sitting in a Succah.


Chief Rabbi to debate science and faith with Dawkins

By Jennifer Lipman, September 10, 2012

Lord Sacks is to go head to head with one of Britain's most outspoken atheist thinkers at a BBC festival on Wednesday.