Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

A gift fit for a Queen! Special prayer for the Royal Family designed ahead of Her Majesty's 90th birthday

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2016

It has long been customary to present your hosts with a gift.

So when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie stayed over at Windsor Castle last night as guests of the Queen ahead of her 90th birthday, they arrived at the royal residence with a special gift in tow.


Meet Joanne Greenaway - the Beth Din woman taking a tough stand on get-denial

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

At the age of 83, Valerie Cocks is the oldest agunah in Europe.

For the past 45 years, Herman Laub has refused to grant her a get (a religious divorce). Without it, they are still considered halachically married.


Chief Rabbi celebrates shared values of the Commonwealth

By Charlotte Oliver, March 14, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has marked Commonwealth Day by encouraging Britain’s Jews “to reflect on what it is to be a part of a community of more than two billion people, which stretches across the world to more than 50 countries”.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis launches new qualification for female educators

By Simon Rocker, February 15, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has launched his most significant initiative for women by creating a new qualification for them to serve in Orthodox synagogues.

He is introducing the post of “ma’ayan” to enable women to take up roles both as advisers on Jewish law in the area of family purity and more generally as adult educators.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis says Charlie Hebdo 'God' cartoon is insulting to believers

By JC Reporter, January 8, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has condemned the cartoon published by Charlie Hebdo to mark the first anniversary of the attack by Islamic terrorists as insulting to people who believe in God.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis stresses fight against hunger and illiteracy during visit to Indian orphanage

By Kalpana Pradhan , December 31, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has prioritised the eradication of hunger and illiteracy during a visit to an aid project in India.

The dual approach was vital in tackling the problems of poverty in the country, he said.


Ban on Lord's Prayer cinema advert is 'objectionable' restriction of religious freedom, says Chief Rabbi

By JC Reporter, November 27, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called for the decision to ban a cinema advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer to be reversed.

He tweeted that the refusal to show the advert was “an objectionable curtailing of freedom of religious expresson”.


Chief Rabbi helps raise awareness of domestic abuse on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2015

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis echoed a global call to fight domestic violence today.

As patron of the Jewish Women's Aid charity, he attended a stall in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north-west London to increase aware of domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis leads way in tackling child abuse as rabbis attend special training session

By JC Reporter , November 24, 2015

More than 120 religious leaders have taken part in a training seminar led by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis aimed at encouraging them to tackle child abuse within Jewish communities.

The session included dozens of United Synagogue rabbis and rebbetzins and was supported by the S&P Sephardi community.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to visit India

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is set to make an official visit to India next month.

It is understood that Rabbi Mirvis will meet religious leaders in the country – as well as visiting some of its key historical sites.