Lord Jonathan Sacks

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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And now for some good news

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 30, 2011

From time to time I'm accused of ignoring 'good news.' 'You're preoccupied with dirty linen,' a caller recently bawled at me down the telephone line. 'There's so much that's good about British Jewry; but all you're interested in are its shortcomings.' Well, it so happens that over the past fortnight a number of good news stories have come my way. I propose now to share three of them with you.

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Community rallies to help

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi and community leaders have spoken of their shock after the three days of rioting this week but praised community efforts to help rebuild the cities.

Lord Sacks said: "The riots have been a shocking reminder of how thin the surface of civilisation is, and how quickly, especially in the age of smartphones, individual criminality can become mob violence.

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Community rallies round to help riot repairs

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi and community leaders have spoken of their shock after the rioting this week, but praised efforts to help rebuild the cities.

Lord Sacks said: "The riots have been a shocking reminder of how thin the surface of civilisation is, and how quickly, especially in the age of smartphones, individual criminality can become mob violence.

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It's the 21st century - time to elect our leader

By TheJC.com, August 11, 2011

In 2013, a new chief rabbi will be appointed. He has a tough act to follow. Lord Sacks is not universally popular - who is? - but whatever disagreements he may have prompted within Anglo-Jewry by his various actions and inactions, he has become a towering figure within our nation. Almost alone among religious leaders, he commands respect across all beliefs and none.

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Who will pick the new Chief Rabbi?

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

If hacking were legal, then the BlackBerry of Stephen Pack, the United Synagogue's new president, would be a prime target for those wanting inside knowledge of Anglo-Jewish affairs.

It is he who now must lead the search to find the next chief rabbi after Lord Sacks retires in September 2013 - and even though the post has not yet been advertised, the inquiries are coming in.

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Sacks: know thy enemy to put thy case

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that Israel's PR is missing its target and called for a new approach to putting its case to the world.

In a trenchant interview with Ha'aretz, he suggested creating a thinktank to deal with the problem, involving leading Israeli intellectuals such as Amos Oz and David Grossman.

"Hasbarah [information] as government officials and pro-Israel advocates understand

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