Office of the Chief Rabbi

Leading Rabbis discuss global Jewish unity at Orthodox Union conference

The Orthodox Union convention in New York drew a plenary of international Jewish leaders to discuss the common issues facing their communities and the need to establish global Jewish unity.

The Chief Rabbi was one of a series of Shabbat keynote speakers that included his appointed counterpart in Buenos Aires, Rabbi Daniel Oppenheimer, and Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie of Manhattan’s Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in Manhattan. Ahead of the conference, Chief Rabbi Mirvis declared himself “delighted that the theme of working towards global Jewish unity has been chosen as a key element of the Convention,” stressing that this must remain an aspiration.

His commitment to bridging divides across the religious spectrum has been a hallmark of his leadership, with the ‘Shabbat UK’ project a notable example of his success. Contributing to discussions, which dealt prevailingly with combatting the spike in anti-Semitism in the wake of the Gaza conflict, he credited “our Rabbis” with holding the key “to the future success of our communities.”