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Yale University awards honorary degree to late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The prestigious university has posthumously given the honour to the former Chief Rabbi in recognition of his moral leadership.

Former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, being honoured by his friend Tony Blair at Jewish News Night of Heroes. (Blake Ezra Photography Ltd.)
Former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, being honoured by his friend Tony Blair at Jewish News Night of Heroes. (Blake Ezra Photography Ltd.)

The late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been awarded an honorary degree from Yale University in recognition of his “wise and steadfast moral leadership”.

The former Chief Rabbi, who was in post for 22 years until 2013, sadly passed away in November last year.

Now Yale University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, has conferred a honorary Doctorate of Divinity on Lord Sacks.

“Championing dialogue over division, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks called us to work together to fulfill our responsibilities and heal the world,” said the university in announcing the award. 

“A respected scholar, an esteemed teacher of Torah, and a light unto the nations, he dedicated his life to serving others, showing us what it means to put “we” before “I.”

Lord Sacks is survived by his wife of fifty years, Lady Elaine Sacks; their three children, Joshua, Dina, and Gila; and several grandchildren.

Last year, Jewish News and MDA UK launched a campaign in memory of the late Rabbi for a life-saving ‘bloodmobile’ in Israel, raising around £100,000.

Money from the ongoing appeal will pay for the first of a new batch of bloodmobiles which will transport teams around the country to collect some of the 1,100 units a day that keep supplies full.

Bearing Lord Sacks’s name, it will eventually find a home at the new British-funded Blood and Logistics Centre, due to open next year.

To donate, visit http://www.mdauk.org/rabbisacks.

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