The outpouring of sadness at the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l on 7th November 2020 (20 Cheshvan 5781) was truly global. To watch the hespeidim (eulogies) delivered at his funeral, including by his daughter Gila, please click here. In the weeks and months afterwards, thousands of individuals and countless organisations paid tribute to the impact Rabbi Sacks, through his teachings, writings, speeches, and very being, had on their lives and work. Below is just a small selection of some of the tributes offered in his zechut, his memory.
The Official Shloshim Tribute (The Office of Rabbi Sacks & The Covenant & Conversation Trust together with the Sacks Family)
This programme included contributions from: HRH The Prince of Wales, President Reuven Rivlin, Tony Blair, Lord (Jacob) Rothschild, Rav Nachum Rabinovitch zt”l, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Rabbi Dr Ari Berman, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Sivan Rahav Meir, Prof. Robert P. George, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Emily Maitlis, Gordon Brown, Gila Fine, Chris Anderson, David Brooks, Natan Sharansky, Dayan Ivan Binstock and Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld. The programme also featured a selection of Rabbi Sacks’ talmidim (students) reading quotes that influenced them.
This programme was produced by the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America and Yeshiva University.
Tribute from the Conference of European Rabbis
This programme included contributions from: Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman, Tony Blair, Katharina von Schnerbein, Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein, Isaac Herzog, Malcolm Hoenlein, Rabbi Joshua Spinner, Dayan Ivan Binstock, Yaakov Hagoel and Rabbi Pini Dunner.
Life-Changing Ideas: An Evening of Tribute from the London School of Jewish Studies (in partnership with The Jewish News)
This programme featured contributions from a number of Rabbi Sacks zt”l’s talmidim based on some of the ideas and teachings of Rabbi Sacks.
A Tribute from the Rabbinical Association of Australasia (RAA), the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (RCNSW)
Remembering Rabbi Sacks – UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
The Philosophical Legacy of Rabbi Sacks – Radical Responsibility
Tribute from Bar Ilan University, Israel