Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tells MPs about experience of antisemitism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 14, 2016

Labour Party members have become more open and confident in expressing antisemitic feelings since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said.

Giving evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into Jew-hate, Rabbi Mirvis also said Ken Livingstone’s remarks about Hitler and Zionism were antisemitic.


Theresa May dines with Chief Rabbi on eve of becoming Prime Minister

By JC Reporter, July 12, 2016

Theresa May kept a longstanding dinner date with the Chief Rabbi on the day before becoming Prime Minister, it has emerged.

Mrs May and her husband,Philip,were guests at Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis's north-west London home this evening.

The JC understands the occasion was a private dinner arranged some weeks ago.

A number of other guests were also present.


Chief Rabbi Attends Somme Centenary Commemoration

By Daniel Sugarman, July 1, 2016

Rabbi Mirvis was amongst those who attended today’s commemorative service to mark 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. The commemoration took place at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, in Northern France.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis warns Labour antisemitism inquiry must not be a ‘sticking plaster’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

There is a “severe” antisemitism problem within Labour, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has claimed in his first public comments on the crisis engulfing the party.

In a wide-ranging article explaining his concerns about the allegations and comments of recent weeks, Rabbi Mirvis attacked those who, he said, had tried to separate Zionism and Judaism.


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.