Office of the Chief Rabbi


  • Holocaust Memorial Day: ‘No Ifs No Buts’ transcript

    Read the unedited version of the Chief Rabbi’s speech from the national Holocaust Memorial Day Event in which he laments the apathy that is often tragedy’s must reliable collaborator. Watch the BBC footage here. “If, during the concluding years of read more
  • Singing with survivors: Chief Rabbi visits Holocaust Survivors Centre

    Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Chief Rabbi Mirvis paid a visit to a unique Jewish Care facility that provides holistic support and diverse programmes for both Holocaust survivors and refugees from the former Yugoslavia. The Holocaust Survivors Centre hosted the read more
  • Investing in Rebbetzens: Valerie Mirvis spearheads seminar for community’s leading ladies

    In the first instalment of a landmark new series devised to empower and inspire Rebbetzens, the Chief Rabbi’s wife Valerie Mirvis presided over a thought-provoking seminar day of spiritual exploration and self-discovery. Almost 40 Rebbetzens attended ‘Torah, Thought and You’ read more
  • 20 Years of Pikuach: A celebration of the Jewish schools inspectorate

    Yesterday evening saw leading lights of the Jewish educational community descend on ORT House to celebrate two decades of Pikuach, the Jewish community’s only accredited school’s inspectorate. Director of Pikuach, Jeffrey Leader, reflected on the low regard reserved for the read more
  • The Chief Rabbi’s trip to India

    The Chief Rabbi has just returned from an historic trip to India during which he visited ancient communities in Cochin, Mumbai, Kolkatta and Delhi, as well as social responsibility projects in some of the country’s most deprived areas. The ten-day read more
  • In the Press: The Chief Rabbi recommends teaching Islam

    The Jewish Chronicle revealed Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ decision to embrace new criteria for the teaching of other religions, with faith schools now obliged to educate students in a second faith for the revamped Religious Studies GCSE. ‘Teach Islam in our read more
  • Chief Rabbi: Jewish schools should teach Islam

    The Chief Rabbi has availed of new requirements for the Religious Studies GCSE by recommending that Jewish secondary schools teach Islam to their students as a means of providing enlightenment about a “poorly understood religion.” This follows a stipulation by read more
  • The Chief Rabbi’s statement on the COP21 Climate Change conference

    As politicians and dignitaries converge on Paris to discuss how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate against extreme climate change, the Chief Rabbi has released a statement reflecting on our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation. In the statement, read more
  • Building bridges with the Muslim community

    The Chief Rabbi addresses students of Azhar Academy The Chief Rabbi addressed the entire student body and attendant teachers at an Orthodox Muslim Girls’ School. He reminded Azhar Academy pupils of the importance of cultivating healthy relationships between faiths, and read more
  • Chief Rabbi spearheads safeguarding training for Rabbinate

    Over 120 rabbis and rebbetzins journeyed from across the UK to attend a safeguarding training seminar spearheaded by the Chief Rabbi. The objective was to educate and empower religious leaders, providing them with the tools and understanding needed to identify read more