Lord Jonathan Sacks

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


Lord Sacks highlights persecution of Christians in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called on Britain's Jewish community to support Christians in the Middle East who are living "in fear" of persecution.

Speaking during a Lords debate last Friday on the situation of minorities in the wake of the Arab Spring, Lord Sacks said that the "fate of Christians in the Middle East today is the litmus test of the Arab Spring".

Lord Sacks, who apologised for having t


Could Israel's Metzger succeed Sacks?

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has declared his interest in becoming Britain's new chief rabbi when Lord Sacks steps down in 2013.

Rabbi Metzger's aides and his spokesman Avi Blumenfeld said he had been approached by a prominent member of the UK's Orthodox community regarding his possible candidacy.


Chief tells Pope: we must revive soul of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.