Jonathan Sacks

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Born Jonathan Henry Sacks
London, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, New College, Oxford, King's College London
Religion Modern
Children • Joshua
• Dina and Gila
Spouse Elaine Taylor Sacks
Party Crossbench

Employment.png Member of the House of Lords

In office
1 September 2009 - Present

Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks is a British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author and politician who served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he was the Chief Rabbi of those Orthodox synagogues, but was not recognised as the religious authority for the Haredi Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations or for the progressive movements such as Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism.[1][2] As Chief Rabbi, Sacks formally carried the title of Av Beit Din (head) of the London Beth Din. He is now known as the Emeritus Chief Rabbi.[3]

Since stepping down as Chief Rabbi, in addition to his international travelling and speaking engagements and prolific writing, Lord Sacks has served as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and as the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He has also been appointed as Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King's College London.[4]


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  1. Abrams, Hester (7 December 1991). "Philosopher is new leader of Britain's Jews : Educational standards, disintegrating family concern rabbi". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ontario. p. C11. He is officially head of the mainstream United Synagogue, but is not recognised as religious leader by many in the progressive Reform and Liberal movements<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Butt, Riazat (13 July 2009). "Chief Rabbi joins House of Lords". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 August 2009. The decision to confer a title on Sacks may anger Jews from both the progressive and strictly Orthodox branches who do not recognise him as their religious leader<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Compare: Cohen, Justin (20 July 2016). "Lord Sacks leads tributes to Alan Senitt at moving memorial". Jewish News. London. Retrieved 7 July 2017. The Chief Rabbi Emeritus said the one-time BBYO president and UJS chair would have been 'one of the great leaders of our time' [...].<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Herlinger, Chris. "Lord Jonathan Sacks wins Templeton Prize".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>