Lord Jonathan Sacks

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.


The inside story behind choosing a Chief Rabbi

By Dr Meir Persoff, September 6, 2012

In October 1988, some eighteen months before Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits was due to retire, the United Synagogue launched the search for his successor.


Chief Rabbi is wrong to denounce gay marriage: full letter

July 5, 2012

It is a matter of great regret that Lord Sacks has chosen to make a statement in his official capacity opposing the right of gay and lesbian men and women to marry. Even if same-sex marriage is contrary to Jewish law, it does not compromise the position of Orthodox Jews to let others marry as they wish. Lord Sacks has sought to influence how the generality of the population leads its life.


Principles for our leaders to follow

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, June 14, 2012

I was recently asked to write the foreword to a publication being produced by the Adam Science Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of its leadership programme. Named after the late Adam Science (z"l), who tragically died in 1991 aged just 27, the programme has had great success in developing the next generation of lay and professional leadership within Anglo-Jewry.


Plea to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: don't leave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Fans of the current chief rabbi have mounted a bid to keep him in the post after his official retirement.

Lord Sacks announced two years ago that he would be stepping down in September 2013, after a total of 22 years at the helm of the United Hebrew Congregations.

But with his successor yet to be named, supporters are hoping he will reconsider.


Gay rights challenge to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

A gay rights campaign, in which a Jewish journalist is prominent, is to force each member of the House of Lords, including the Chief Rabbi, to record their position on gay marriage.


Plymouth shul celebrates 250 years of British history

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

The hidden area between a municipal car park and two alleyways off a bustling Plymouth street may seem a peculiar location for the oldest functioning Ashkenazi synagogue in the English-speaking world.

Indeed, many British Jews do not know of the existence of the magnificent, ornate, Grade II listed Plymouth Synagogue that is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary.