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Jonathan Sacks is ...

Born 8 Mar 1948 in Lambeth
Died 7 Nov 2020
Age72 years, 7 months
Jonathan Sacks
Jonathan Sacks
Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the UK, at National Poverty Hearing 2006 at Westminster, London.

About Jonathan Sacks

Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks (Hebrew: יעקב צבי זקס‎, romanized: Ya'akov Tzvi Zaks; 8 March 1948 – 7 November 2020) 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.After stepping down as Chief Rabbi, in addition to his international travelling and speaking engagements and prolific writing, Sacks served as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and as the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He was also appointed as Professor of Law, Ethics, and the Bible at King's College London. He won the Templeton Prize (awarded for work affirming life's spiritual dimension) in 2016. He was also a Senior Fellow to the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

He is also known as Jonathan Henry Sacks, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Jonathan H. Sacks, Baron Sacks and Yaakov Zvi.


Sacks died on 7 November 2020 in London at age 72. He had been diagnosed with cancer in October 2020, having been twice previously treated for the disease. Sending tribute to Sacks, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his leadership had a "profound impact on our whole country and across the world". Additionally, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik penned a piece in the Wall Street Journal, explaining "What Gentiles can Learn from Lord Sacks."