Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Global Religious Leader, Philosopher and Author

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a global religious leader, philosopher, author and moral voice for our time. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. A frequent contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world, Rabbi Sacks is currently a professor at New York University, King’s College London and Yeshiva University. He holds 16 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity conferred to mark his first ten years in office as Chief Rabbi.

In recognition of his work and contribution to Jewish life in Israel and the diaspora, Rabbi Sacks has won several international awards, including the Jerusalem Prize (1995), the Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award from Ben-Gurion University (2011), The Guardian of Zion Award (2014), and the Katz Award (2014). He was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009.

The author of 24 books, Rabbi Sacks has published commentaries to the siddur and to date has completed commentaries to the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Pesach machzorim. His most recent secular book is The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning. A number of his books have won literary awards, including the Grawemeyer Prize for Religion in 2004 for The Dignity of Difference and a National Jewish Book Award in 2000 for A Letter in the ScrollCovenant & Conversation: Genesis was also awarded a National Jewish Book Award in 2009, as was the Koren Sacks Pesach Machzor in 2013.

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