Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013.

Since 2013, Sacks has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University and King’s College London. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

Sacks is the author of more than 30 books, including his most recent, Not in God’s Name, which was awarded a 2015 National Jewish Book Award and was a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller in the United Kingdom. Past works include The Great Partnership and The Dignity of Difference, winner of the Grawemeyer Prize for Religion in 2004 for its success in defining a framework for interfaith dialogue between people of all faith and of none.

Sacks is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Jerusalem Prize in 1995 for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life and The Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award from Ben Gurion University in Israel in 2011. He was named as The Becket Fund’s 2014 Canterbury Medalist for his role in the defense of religious liberty in the public square. Rabbi Sacks 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. Additionally, Sacks is the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”

Sacks earned a masters in Moral Philosophy at New College and a PhD in Collective Responsibility from the philosophy and theology department of King’s College London.