Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ‘clashed over settlements’

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to have clashed with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis over the building of settlements.

A media report in Israel claimed the men had disagreed over the issue during a private meeting in London on Wednesday evening.

Mr Netanyahu met Jewish community leaders for talks at the start of his visit to Britain.


MPs reject assisted dying bill

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2015

MPs have voted against the Assisted Dying Bill going to a third reading in Parliament.

The proposed legislation fell at the second hurdle, heavily defeated by 330 votes to 118.

Ahead of the debate, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took to social media to attack the bill.

In a message posted on Facebook, Rabbi Mirvis stressed that the bill was misguided and dangerous.


Assisted dying bill will leave elderly at risk, says Chief Rabbi

By JC Reporter, September 6, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has joined other faith leaders in opposing a move to legalise assisted dying.

Rabbi Mirvis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and 23 other prominent figures from the Christian, Muslim and Sikh communities expressed concern that possible new legislation would leave the elderly and terminally ill unprotected.


Rabbi Mirvis promises 'special initiative' from community to help refugees

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called on the Jewish community to act “positively” to alleviate the plight of refugees in Europe.

“Right now there is a crisis and if we don’t act in a humanitarian way, more people are going to die,” he warned.


Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of religious discrimination in the workplace

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said it would be a “travesty” if employees were unable to carry out their work duties because of religious discrimination.

Launching a Board of Deputies guide which aims to help employers understand the needs of Jewish staff, the minister said it was essential that companies make changes to help religious workers.


Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss 'profound challenge' of migrant crisis at Vatican meeting

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis discussed the refugee crisis with Pope Francis at a private audience in the Vatican today.

Rabbi Mirvis told the head of the Catholic Church: “"The image that has been seen across the world in the last 24 hours of a young child, washed up on a Turkish beach, demonstrates how urgent and profound our challenges are. We are partners in confronting them."


Chief Rabbi praises Queen for ‘moving’ visit to Belsen

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has praised the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh following their visit to the former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis accompanied the royal couple as they laid a wreath at the site in Germany on Friday. He said the “Jewish world” appreciated the solidarity shown by the Queen.


Chief Rabbi says Belz driving ban on women is against Jewish values

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has attacked a strictly Orthodox sect's ban on women driving as “at odds with Jewish values”.

In a letter sent out last week, leaders of the Stamford Hill-based Belz sect declared that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.


Chief Rabbi urges community to report sex abuse allegations to police

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has stated that any allegation of child sexual abuse must be reported to the police “without delay”, following last week’s conviction of a Charedi teacher for sexual assault.

All rabbis under the authority of the chief rabbi are to be asked to attend a mandatory seminar being organised by the United Synagogue to alert them to the dangers of abuse.


Chief Rabbi urges community to aid Ukrainian Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in a cross-communal open letter.