Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi Lord of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth since September 1, 1991, the sixth incumbent since 1845. In July 2009, appointed to the House of Lords as a cross-bencher.
Prior to becoming Chief Rabbi Lord, Rabbi Sacks served as Principal of Jews’ College, London, the world’s oldest rabbinical seminary, as well as rabbi of the Golders Green and Marble Arch synagogues in London. He gained rabbinic ordination from Jews’ College and London’s Yeshiva Etz Chaim.
At his installation as Chief Rabbi in 1991, Dr Sacks set out his vision of a reinvigorated Anglo-Jewry and launched it with a Decade of Jewish Renewal, followed by a series of innovative communal projects. These included Jewish Continuity (a national foundation funding programmes in Jewish education and outreach), the Association of Jewish Business Ethics, the Chief Rabbinate Awards for Excellence, the Chief Rabbinate Bursaries, and Community Development, a national programme to enhance Jewish community life. In 1995, he received the Jerusalem Prize for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life. In September 2001 the Chief Rabbi began his second decade of office with a call to Jewish Responsibility and a renewed commitment to the ethical dimension of Judaism. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list in June 2005. A notably gifted communicator, the Chief Rabbi is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the national press.
Born in 1948 in London, he has been married to Elaine since 1970. They have three children, Joshua, Dina and Gila and three grandchildren. For more information on Rabbi Lord Sacks you can visit at his website