Lord Jonathan Sacks

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.

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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

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'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

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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.

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Chief Rabbi to have a papal audience

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

After welcoming him on behalf of the British interfaith community last year, the Chief Rabbi is to take part in a private meeting with the Pope in Vatican City.

Lord Sacks has been invited to meet Pope Benedict XVI for the second time in December, when he visits Rome for two days to give a lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

He will address students on the subject of interfaith r

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Bowling with the Chief

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

The Chief Rabbi's intellectual buddies for his annual Rosh Hashanah broadcast on BBC1 on Tuesday night (entitled "What is the point of religion?") will be Lord "Blue Labour" Glasman and political scientist Robert Putnam.

Putnam is an expert on community and social connection best known for his 2000 book Bowling Alone.

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When in Rome: Chief to meet Pope

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

After welcoming him on behalf of the British interfaith community last year, the Chief Rabbi is to take part in a private meeting with the Pope in Vatican City.

Lord Sacks has been invited to meet Pope Benedict XVI for the second time in December, when he visits Rome for two days to give a lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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Hill climbs to century

September 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Lady Sacks and Haringey Mayor Councillor Gina Amadou attended the Muswell Hill Synagogue centenary service on Shabbat.

Lord Sacks praised the work of the community in building cross-communal relationships with neighbouring churches, whose clergy were among the congregation.

He went on that the emphasis in Judaism was that religion was something shared across the co

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Chief Rabbi's call to British faith groups

By Jessica Elgot, September 9, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called for faith groups to make a "covenant" with Britain, which lays out responsibilities towards the country and to others.

Speaking at a debate in the House of Lords on multiculturalism in Britain, Lord Sacks said: "I have a simple proposal.

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Friday night for the whole family

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011
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The United Synagogue has launched a range of Jewish Online Guides to help community members with everything from blessing children on a Friday night, saying Kaddish for a loved one or praying at Shul.

The idea is to help people do these things at home, without any fear of embarrassment.

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