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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to deliver next Ebor lecture

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks will be the guest speaker at the next Ebor lecture being held on Wednesday 30 November at York St John University.

In a lecture entitled 'Biblical insights into the Good Society', the Chief Rabbi will discuss the topic in the context of this year’s series theme, ‘The Good Society? Re-invigorating Public Life’.  All lectures in the current series explore the issues arising from the Government’s Big Society policy.  This initiative pledges to offer citizens, communities and local governments the power to come together and solve the problems they face, through charities, co-operatives, social enterprise, and other community-based approaches.

Speaking in advance of the lecture, the Chief Rabbi said:

“I am delighted to have been invited to deliver one of the Ebor Lectures. With the current economic situation, now more than ever there is a need within the UK and across Europe to reinvigorate civic life as well as a growing appreciation of the role faith, community and morality play in our daily lives.”

He added, “I believe that we should seek as far as possible to work together across all groups – faith and non-faith, government and voluntary – for the benefit of society as a whole, recognising the similarities and common destiny we all share whilst respecting those things that makes us unique.”

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth since September 1991, the sixth incumbent since the role was formalised in 1845. Educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he obtained first class honours in philosophy, Jonathan Sacks pursued postgraduate studies at New College, Oxford and King’s College London, gaining his PhD in 1981 and rabbinic ordination from Jews’ College and Yeshiva Etz Chaim.

The Chief Rabbi has been a visiting professor at several universities in Britain, the United States and Israel, and is currently Visiting Professor of Theology at King’s College London. He holds 14 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to mark his first ten years in office. 

In recognition of his work, the Chief Rabbi has been awarded a number of prizes, including the Jerusalem Prize 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 knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer in 2009, taking his seat in the House of Lords where he sits on the cross-benches as Baron Sacks of Aldgate in the City of London.  The Chief Rabbi is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the national press and is the author of 24 books, the most recent being The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning which was published in July 2011.

The 2011-12 Ebor lectures are organised by York St John University, York Minster, The Order of Carmelites, The Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire & the Humber, York Institute for Community Theology and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Since their launch in 2006, the Lectures have established an enviable reputation with prestigious speakers, promoting debate on topical issues and broadening discussion.  Held annually, past speakers have included the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Rt Revd. and the Rt Hon Richard Harries, Former Bishop of Oxford; Mr Peter Taylor, journalist and BBC Presenter; Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury; Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor; and legendary parliamentarian Tony Benn.

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