Office of the Chief Rabbi


  • Statement: ‘We are obliged to protect our children’

    Further to his statement on The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, the Chief Rabbi makes clear that such crimes must also be challenged in the UK. He reiterates the long-standing position of his Office read more
  • Statement: ‘It is a legal, moral and religious imperative to report abuse’

    In a response to findings by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which convened in light of the discovery of grave abuses against minors within the Melbourne and Sydney communities, the Chief Rabbi condemns the read more
  • Chief Rabbi’s statement on Copenhagen Attack

    The Chief Rabbi issues a strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks that have sown fear and despair in Copenhagen, drawing a parallel with the carnage in Paris last month and urging society not to be cowed by terror.  “I am read more
  • Chief Rabbi is keynote speaker at Muslim Council dinner

    The Chief Rabbi had the privilege of being the Guest of Honour at a dinner given by the Muslim Council of Wales, using his status as a keynote speaker to address the universal religious virtues to which all people of read more
  • Chief Rabbi receives honour from Barnet Council

    In an official ceremony attended by numerous MPs, the Mayor of Barnet and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, the Chief Rabbi had conferred upon him the Freedom of the London Borough of Barnet. Barnet Council bestowed read more
  • Bournemouth: Shabbat with IDF chaplain

    Event A Shabbat programme with IDF army chaplain Rabbi Shalom Hammer Objectives To create achdut within the community and engage people over Shabbat and to create awareness and understanding of the role of an IDF army chaplain.  Evaluation from Rabbi read more
  • Pinner: Kabbalat Shabbat and Sushi Kiddush

    Event Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by a Sushi Kiddish Objectives To attract young members to shul on Friday night and create a new religious rhythm of going to Shul as a family at least once a month  Evaluation from Rabbi read more
  • Paris Attacks: Chief Rabbi marches in solidarity

    The Chief Rabbi joined world leaders for a huge rally held in defiance of terrorism and in support of freedom as people around the world mourned the victims of devastating terrorist attacks in Paris. In the aftermath of the coordinated read more
  • Luton: Community lunch with Rabbi Aubrey Hersh

    Event Community lunch with Rabbi Aubrey Hersh Objectives To have good quality programming in our Shul.  Evaluation from Chairman Laurence Benjamin “There was a warm, vibrant atmosphere in the Synagogue. Rabbi Hersh provided an interesting insight into some of the read more
  • Chief Rabbi propounds Torah as ‘handbook for life’ at Limmud

    The Chief Rabbi has championed the historical Jewish tradition of privileging education, citing this unchanging priority as a key driving force in the community’s survival. His comments, which also delved into the self-improving merits of studying Torah, came in the read more