Lord Jonathan Sacks

We need you more than ever

December 8, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made a plea to the community not to forget the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board during the economic downturn, writes John Fisher.

Addressing more than 300 people at LJWB's annual general meeting at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre Lord Sacks said : "It's much harder when times are not good and that is when tzedakah is really needed."

From the MAZ centre Lord Sacks went t


Tis not our season to be jolly

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 8, 2011

An Open Letter to Lord Sacks of Aldgate
Dear Jonathan

I feel compelled to write to you, both as a Jew and as a Jewish husband and father, to express to you the deep unease that I felt on reading press reports of your homily delivered at the Scottish Parliament at the end of last month.

I refer in particular to certain declarations that you reportedly made during the course of your re


Next Chief Rabbi should take job tips from Steve

By Shmuley Boteach, December 1, 2011

The Chief Rabbi's criticism of Apple founder Steve Jobs for having created a selfish consumer culture that ultimately magnified human unhappiness, provides insight into an institutional mindset that needs to change as the UK prepares for a post-Sacks era.

As it stands now, the United Synagogue and the office of the chief rabbinate are what Microsoft once was - imperial, anti-democratic and domi


Lord Sacks addresses the Chabad Conference in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

The chief rabbi's speech at the annual Chabad gathering in New York


Chief Rabbi opens week of interfaith activity

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

The Chief Rabbi was joined by dignitaries from several faiths in marking the start of the annual Interfaith Week at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.


Chief's American prayer

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks was honoured in the American Senate when he recited the innovation prayer there on Wednesday, the traditional opening to a session.


Interview: Stanley Kalms

By Michael Freedland, October 11, 2011

The last time a Chief Rabbi was appointed, Stanley Kalms was the kingmaker. Now, more than 20 years later, Lord Kalms of Edgware says he would not want the job again. Not that it is on offer, or that anyone is likely to fill the role he had in selecting the then Dr Jonathan Sacks for the position. Kalms now regards it as a worthless search for a pretty unimportant post.


Boris Johnson tries to blow the shofar

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

A masterclass in shofar blowing, from the Chief Rabbi for London Mayor Boris Johnson.

H/T Ruth Gledhill


'How to' guides online

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has produced two new electronic resources to extend his outreach to synagogue members.

A series of 15 short video "how-to" guides, which can be seen on the United Synagogue's website and YouTube, demonstrate a range of Jewish practices, from putting on tefillin to gelilah, rolling up the Sefer Torah.

Lord Sacks has also published a new volume of Letters to the Next Gen


Immanuel has Sacks appeal

September 22, 2011

A satisfied Immanuel College parent - Lady Elaine Sacks - was among the speakers when the school officially opened its preparatory section.

Lady Sacks recalled that her daughter Gila had received an "excellent education" at Immanuel.