Sir Jonathan Sacks


Dr Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Dr Sacks was born in 1948 and married in 1970. He and his wife Elaine have a son and two daughters. He studied philosophy at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and gained his PHD at Kings College London before undertaking further theological training at Jews College London.In the early 1970s, Dr Sacks lectured in Jewish and moral philosophy before becoming the principal of Jews College and Professor of modern Jewish thought.The post was created in honour of Sir Immanuel (Lord) Jakobovits, one of the major thinkers within Jewish society in the 20th century.

He became Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in 1991, a year after he delivered the BBC's annual Reith lectures.Before taking this post he had been Rabbi at Golders Green and Marble Arch Synagogues, London.Now he regularly contributes to the BBC (in particular BBC Radio Four's Thought for the Day) and national newspapers.In September 2001, the then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey, conferred on him a doctorate of divinity in recognition of his decade as Chief Rabbi.Dr Sacks has sought to use the post to renew and unite British Jewry.


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