Office of the Chief Rabbi

General news

  • Chief Rabbi decries terror in Jerusalem

    The Chief Rabbi responds to the brutal terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning that has left four worshippers dead.  “I am horrified and disgusted at the slaughter of innocent people in a synagogue. This is an affront to read more
  • Remembrance 2014: AJEX March and new Armed Forces prayer

    The Chief Rabbi today honoured the last of his engagements related to Remembrance Day, attending the Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men and Women’s annual parade. After meeting non-marchers outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Chief Rabbi took up his read more
  • Chief Rabbi hails success of first ShabbatUK

    The Chief Rabbi’s inaugural ‘ShabbatUK’ has met with enormous success, galvanising communities across Britain to partake in a full Shabbat experience. Unprecedented in the UK, this initiative took inspiration from the South African Shabbos project and succeeded in engaging people read more
  • In the Press: Free yourself from digital slavery

    The Times reports on the Chief Rabbi’s vision for Shabbat UK, for which he has emphasised the importance of putting away digital devices and reconnecting with family and friends. Shabbat acts a natural respite from the demands of daily life, read more
  • In the Press: Putting down technology for Shabbat

    The Times gives coverage to the Chief Rabbi’s upcoming Shabbat UK initiative, which seeks to revive the tradition of keeping Shabbat for a wider tranche of British Jewry and encourages people to switch off. The advancement of technology, it seems, read more
  • In the Press: Targeting apathy, assimilation and antisemitism

    In an interview with the Manchester Jewish Telegraph, the Chief Rabbi anticipates an inspirational Shabbat UK weekend, considers the challenges ahead for British Jewry and makes clear Orthodox Judaism’s position in key contemporary debates. Interview: Apathy, Assimilation and Antisemitism are read more
  • In the Press: The Chief Rabbi’s first year in office

    Speaking to Simon Rocker of the Jewish Chronicle, the Chief Rabbi enthuses about the Jewish communities’ he has visited and is yet to visit, reiterates his support for women’s active involvement in prayer within the boundaries of Halacha and goes read more
  • Chief Rabbi receives Rosh Hashana letter from Prime Minister

    Prime Minister David Cameron has written to the Chief Rabbi ahead of Rosh Hashana. The letter was received in time for the Chief Rabbi’s Annual Conference and was sent in an effort to reassure the Jewish community and reaffirm the read more
  • Chief Rabbi’s Annual Rabbinic Conference

    This week more than 100 Rabbis from communities across the UK will gather in London for the Chief Rabbi’s Annual Conference. The conference, which takes place in the run up to Rosh Hashanah, provides an opportunity for Rabbis to prepare read more
  • Chief Rabbi inspires Tribe Youth Directors

    A residential conference bringing together over 25 Tribe youth professionals from various US communities hosted the Chief Rabbi as part of a programme devoted to enhancing leadership practice and encouraging the sharing of knowledge. Chief Rabbi Mirvis praised the work read more