Saturday, November 07, 2020

The Baron Sacks, MBE 1948-2020

 _. The Baron Sacks, MBE, life peer, a former Chief Rabbi of the UK, died 7 November, 2020. He was 72.

Jonathan Henry Sacks [born 8 March, 1948], was a British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author and politician.

He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he was the Chief Rabbi of those Orthodox synagogues, but was not recognized as the religious authority for the Haredi Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations or for the progressive movements such as Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism. As Chief Rabbi, Sacks formally carried the title of Av Beit Din (head) of the London Beth Din. At the time of his death, he was the Emeritus Chief Rabbi.


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