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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: A Tribute

Simon Schama, Rowan Williams, Raphael Zarum

08/12/2020 6:00 pm
Online Event, Virtual Event

The death of Rabbi Lord Sacks left a huge void in the world of Jewish theological and philosophical writing and discourse. Jewish Book Week was honoured to have presented so many wonderful events with him, each of which showed the range of his humanity and knowledge; his contributions deepened and reflected our values, seeking always to widen the breadth of our knowledge and understanding.

In this live online celebration of his life and legacy, journalist Jenni Frazer is joined by three men who knew Rabbi Lord Sacks well and often spoke alongside him: former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum and historian Simon Schama, who first met the former Chief Rabbi at Cambridge in the late 60s.

Jenni Frazer


Jenni Frazer has had an award-winning career in journalism for over 30 years, where she has performed nearly every kind of role, from news reporter to bureau chief, from editing and commissioning, to running a team of reporters. She has interviewed many major celebrities and been a media commentator on UK radio and TV, including News 24 and The World Tonight for the BBC.

Simon Schama


Sir Simon Schama, CBE is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and a Contributing Editor of the Financial Times. He is the author of nineteen books and the writer-presenter of fifty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2. His art criticism for The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism in 1996; his film on Bernini from The Power of Art won an Emmy in 2007 and his series on British history and The American Future: a History, Broadcast Critics Guild awards. He won the NCR non-fiction prize for Citizens, National Book Critics Circle award for Rough Crossings, the WH Smith Literary Award for Landscape and Memory. In 2015 he received the Premio Antonio Feltrinelli in historical sciences from the Accademia nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. His The Story of the Jews: Finding the Wordswas published in 2015 and the second volume Belongingin 2017. In the autumn of 2016, The Face of Britain, a history of British portraiture appeared as a five-part BBC television series; a book and an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2018, Civilizations, a nine-part BBC television series on world art, of which he wrote and presented five. In May 2019,Wordy: Sounding off on high art, low appetite and the power of memory, was published. His latest television series, The Romantics and Us, is currently airing on the BBC. 

Rowan Williams


Bishop Rowan Williams was the 35th Master of Magdalane College and the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held from 2002 – 2012. He is a Honorary Professor of Contemporary Christian Thought in the University of Cambridge. He was made a life peer in 2013 and is now Lord Williams of Oystermouth.

Raphael Zarum


Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJSS) where he lectures in Jewish Education & Classical Texts, and trains teachers and rabbis. He has rabbinic ordination from the Montefiore Kollel and Rabbi Sacks, a PhD Theoretical Physics, an MA Adult Education, and is a graduate of the Mandel School in Jerusalem.

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