Rabbi Sacks officially became a peer on October 27, 2009 when he was introduced to the House of Lords as Lord Sacks of Aldgate.

Explaining why he had chosen to nominate the East End of London district, Rabbi Sacks said: “My late father sold cloth in Commercial Road and my grandmother ran Frumkins wine shop. I wanted not to forget my roots. That’s where I used to help out when I was a child and where my earliest memories are.”

Aldgate is also associated with his office since the Great Synagogue in Duke’s Place used to be the seat of the Chief Rabbi until it was destroyed in the Second World War.

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