Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Mirvis off to a flying start with synagogue visits

By Simon Rocker, September 13, 2013

New Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has embarked on a busy programme of synagogue visits during his first weeks in office.

Four days after his installation, he spoke at Woodside Park United Synagogue, one of around 150 central Orthodox congregtions in the UK and the Commonwealth under his aegis — on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.


Warm response to new chief Mirvis from Progressives

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2013

The new Chief Rabbi entered office on Sunday on a wave of cross-communal goodwill that augured well for co-operation across the religious streams.

Progressive leaders responded warmly to the Orthodox leader’s inaugural address, which emphasised unity and interfaith harmony.


Installation of the new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2013

The entire congregation of over 1,400 had managed to be in their seats before the start of the service and they did not utter a word for its hour and three-quarters duration.

Installations of a Chief Rabbi are few and far between — just 11 in 300 years.


The installation of the new chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

September 2, 2013

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was installed as the new Chief Rabbi on Sunday September 1, 2013. Here are the highlights.


New Chief Rabbi Mirvis aims to unite community

By Jewish Chronicle Reporter, September 1, 2013

More than 1,400 guests, headed by the Prince of Wales, packed St John’s Wood Synagogue in London on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the installation of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.


David Cameron welcomes new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as Britain's new chief rabbi.

Rabbi Mirvis will be installed at St John's Wood Synagogue this afternoon in the presence of Prince Charles and hundreds of dignitaries.

Mr Cameron posted a message on Twitter thanking outgoing chief rabbi Lord Sacks for his contribution.


Rabbi Mirvis: 'I will work with non-Orthodox'

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

The incoming Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said today he was “totally committed” to working with non-Orthodox colleagues but declined to say whether he would visit non-Orthodox synagogues.

In a short BBC radio interview, he also sidestepped a question on whether he would enable women to enjoy a fuller role within synagogue life.


Chief Rabbi — we are proud of you

By Mick Davis, August 30, 2013

In my communal roles, both at the Jewish Leadership Council and UJIA, one of the real perks has been the opportunity to engage with the Chief Rabbi.

I have always found our relationship to be one of sincerity and warmth.


The Chief Rabbi worked out that confrontation was best avoided

By Naftali Brawer, August 30, 2013

I first met Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks when as a 26-year-old I joined his rabbinate to serve Northwood United Synagogue.

In the 17 years that followed I occupied a front-row seat looking onto his career and achievements.


Charles will attend Chief’s installation

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

The Prince of Wales is to attend the installation of the new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at St John’s Wood Synagogue on Sunday. It will the first time a royal presence has graced such an occasion, according to the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

Just two months ago, Prince Charles led the praise at a tribute dinner for Lord Sacks, who is retiring after 22 years in office.