Office of the Chief Rabbi


  • CRE: The Impact

    After only ten months, CRE is already seeing the very positive impact of the funding awarded to communities for quality social, educational, cultural and religious programming in communities across the UK. The ripple effect of the events that we have… read more
  • Statement on Sexual Abuse

    The conviction of a prominent member of the Manchester Jewish community for sexual abuse is of immense significance. Though certainly not the first such case, it sends an unequivocal message that nobody, in any part of our community, can expect… read more
  • The Chief Rabbi’s Message for Yom Haatzmaut

    Watch the Chief Rabbi’s address at the Bnei Akiva Yom Haatzmaut service here.  … read more
  • The Chief Rabbi’s Message for Pesach 5775

    At our Seder tables we will declare: “My father was a wandering Aramean and he went down to Egypt…and there he became a nation.” (Deuteronomy 26:5) However, after our deliverance from Egypt, at the time of our acceptance of the… read more
  • Mirvis Brings in Cash for Excellence

    By Simon Rocker Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis remembers the episode well. Some 15 years ago, as a United Synagogue minister, he was mentoring a younger colleague in an outlying community who had come up with a “fantastic idea” — a… read more

    Further to his statement on The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, the Chief Rabbi has issued the following statement on Child Sexual Abuse in the UK: In light of the disturbing revelations in The… read more
  • The Chief Rabbi’s statement on the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    “Recent events regarding The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia have sent shock waves throughout the Jewish World and well beyond it. First and foremost, my heart goes out to the victims, who not only… read more
  • Chief Rabbi on Copenhagen Attack

    “I am appalled by the two terrorist attacks in Copenhagen. We express our solidarity with the families of those killed and we pray for the recovery of those who have been injured. We stand together at this challenging time. The… read more
  • Chief Rabbi on the Passing of Sir Martin Gilbert

    “The passing of Sir Martin Gilbert CBE is sad news for the entire Jewish world, for Great Britain and for historians everywhere. Every educated Jew’s bookshelf has been enriched by at least some of Martin Gilbert’s many scholarly and accessible… read more
  • Chief Rabbi on ‘Three-Parent Babies’ Vote

      The Chief Rabbi and his Beth Din have issued the following joint statement on the recent mitochondrial developments:   “This is a complex issue in Jewish law and medical science with a number of legal and ethical ramifications which… read more