Office of the Chief Rabbi

General news

  • Teaching Judaism: Chief Rabbi addresses teachers of the new Religious Studies GCSE

    Secondary school teachers who will be educating their students about Judaism as part of the reconfigured Religious Studies GCSE were addressed by the Chief Rabbi at an event created to better acquaint educators with the basic tenets of Judaism, as read more
  • The Chief Rabbi launches the Ma’ayan Programme

    The Chief Rabbi has launched a unique new course for Jewish women that aims to harness their talent by offering a high level qualification in Taharat Hamishpacha (the laws of family purity), womens’ health and community education. Explaining the reasoning read more
  • Chief Rabbi appointed a patron of Bowel Cancer UK

    The Chief Rabbi has been appointed a patron of Bowel Cancer UK, a charity dedicated to saving lives and transforming life expectancies by improving public awareness of a disease that affects thousands of UK citizens each year. Reflecting on his read more
  • Chief Rabbi visits Hong Kong Jewish community

    In a flying weekend visit to the Jewish community of Hong Kong, the Chief Rabbi and Valerie Mirvis met with the younger members of local Jewry and were warmly received by the local congregation and Jewish schools. After Shacharit at read more
  • Statement: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

    Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week In light of a new week-long drive by campaigners and charities to boost awareness of everyday sexual abuse and violence – a horrifying reality sustained by a shameful culture of silence – the read more
  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

    The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, which is held each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was ‘Don’t Stand By’, a sentiment that informed the Chief Rabbi’s messages to schoolchildren, the community and the nation. Commemorative read more
  • 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
  • In the Press: Chief Rabbi backs Kaddish role for women

    Reflecting on the benefits of a new United Synagogue guide that encourages women to recite the Kaddish prayer, the Chief Rabbi hopes that the new pamphlet will demystify this crucial element of the Jewish mourning process. This article first appeared 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