Lord Jonathan Sacks

Sacks supports disputed plan for Leeds secondary

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has backed the plan for a Jewish secondary school in Leeds, which is opposed by Manchester's King David High.

More than 150 Leeds parents support the free school proposal, which Lord Sacks sees as a means "to ultimately secure the Jewish future". But KD, which has 100 pupils from Leeds, argues that a Leeds school would "damage both of us".


Mysteries of God and The System

By Marina Benjamin, March 5, 2012

Consider the distance between mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and the Chief Rabbi and you will appreciate the effort they made in meeting one another half-way during Jewish Book Week. For Lord Sacks, ultimate meaning resides in the interpretative tooth-combing of sacred texts. For Du Sautoy, all we know can be derived from Schrodinger's Equation.


Sacks: I beat cancer - twice over

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has twice been treated for cancer, a forthcoming book has revealed.

Celebrated photographer Gemma Levine discloses the information in her book Go With The Flow, a collection of images and essays based on her own treatment for breast cancer.

In the introduction, Ms Levine says that Lord Sacks told her that he had cancer twice and that he remarked: "I went with the f


The Chief Rabbi's Holocaust Memorial Day message

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Lord Sacks marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Memorial Day.


Lord Sacks leaves charity

January 19, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has resigned as honorary director of troubled Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya.

The British Friends of the charity closed last month, following other chapters around the world over allegations of financial mismanagement at the soup kitchen charity, and complaints it had misled supporters by funding religious training.

An independent audit appeared to clear the charity o


Louise Mensch backs Shmuley Boteach for Chief Rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2012

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has joined magic man Uri Geller in backing the American rabbi Shmuley Boteach to take over from Lord Sacks as chief rabbi.

Mrs Mensch, who is married to Jewish music manager Peter Mensch, said she owed Rabbi Boteach her "lifelong love of, and appreciation for, the Jewish faith".


Lord Sacks: Bet Shemesh intimidation has no place in society

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has condemned the violent clashes in the Israeli city of Bet Shemesh.

Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

The growing strictly Orthodox community has clashed with others and young girls attending a state-run school were spat at and called "prostitutes".


Chanucah with the chief rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, December 19, 2011

Lord Sacks offers the first of eight thoughts for eight nights.


Without right, nothing is left

By James Inverne, December 16, 2011

They say that opposites attract, in physics as in our emotional life. So when I, who had always been a gentleman of the arts (no, that isn't any kind of euphemism), married a lady of the sciences (my wife is a hospital pharmacist) it seemed to be the perfect match. Which is to say, as some people did, we had little in common and so would have plenty to learn from each other.


Plea for incoming Chief Rabbi to be British

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

Community representatives are keen to see a British rabbi take over from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks when he resigns from the office in 2013.

The new chief rabbi will be a "spiritual leader", a "religious spokesman for Orthodox Judaism and on all matters affecting the Jewish community" and be an "advocate for Israel", according to the role's new job description.

It describes a new chief rabbi as