Office of the Chief Rabbi

General news

  • 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 welcomes Nicolas Sarkozy to London

    The Chief Rabbi welcomed the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to the UK last night, expressing his thanks to the Republican Leader for an unerring commitment to protecting his nation’s Jews. Invited to the capital by the Conference of European 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
  • A message to our Christian friends

    In a show of solidarity and respect to members of the Christian faith, the Chief Rabbi has released a message to Christian friends on Christmas Eve. As well as celebrating a significant year for Jewish-Christian relations, in which Christian leaders 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
  • Borehamwood & Elstree: A Covent Garden Chanukah

    Event Everyone in Borehamwood’s blossoming Jewish community was catered for at BES’ Covent Garden in the Wood Chanukah Party as the congregation came together to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Street performers, upbeat music, a fêted meaty meal and of read more
  • The Chief Rabbi takes ‘IsrACTION’

    Yesterday, Mill Hill United Synagogue received the Chief Rabbi on the occasion of both a community simcha and a pro-Israel charity drive. Chief Rabbi Mirvis issued a blessing and Chanukah-themed message to some of the community’s newest additions in a read more
  • Chanukah: The Chief Rabbi at Trafalgar Square and Speaker’s House

    Crowning the Chief Rabbi’s string of Chanukah engagements this week was an appearance at the Jewish community’s annual public celebration honouring the Festival of Lights, ‘Chanukah in the Square.’ Chief Rabbi Mirvis addressed thousands of Londoners from both the Jewish read more
  • Chanukah: Chief Rabbi lights up heart of Jewish Community

    Last night the Chief Rabbi lit Chanukiot in both Westminster and Whitehall for the fourth night of Chanukah. Jewish community leaders came out in force for the Board of Deputies’ annual Chanukah lighting in the House of Commons, gathering around read more