The Rabbi Sacks Legacy
Perpetuating the work, ideas, and teachings of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l.
“We are each called on to fill a number of leadership roles: as parents, teachers, friends, team members and team leaders. There is no doubt, however, that Judaism favours as an ideal the role of parent, encouraging those we lead to continue the journey we have begun, to go further than we did.”
Rabbi Sacks, of blessed memory, was a unique leader in the Jewish world, and far beyond. His voice was one of moral clarity and intellectual depth, for religious and secular audiences alike. His teachings and books inspired hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the world.
At the core of his philosophy was a Judaism engaged with the world. Through his writings, countless public engagements and the way he lived his life, he sought to demonstrate how the best of Western thought could enhance Judaism, and how Jewish values could help to repair the many fractures in our society and world.
In the aftermath of Rabbi Sacks’ tragic and untimely passing on 7th November 2020, The Rabbi Sacks Legacy1 has been established with a mission to promote the timeless and universal wisdom of Rabbi Sacks zt”l as a Teacher of Torah, a Moral Voice, and a Leader of Leaders.
The Legacy aims to inspire people across society to connect deeper to their faith and to make a meaningful and positive impact on the world. There is a huge amount to do and a remarkable legacy to perpetuate and grow. Read on to learn about our digital impact, our teams, and our key areas of work.
1. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust was formerly known as The Covenant & Conversation Trust.
“A nation becomes strong when it cares for the weak. It becomes rich when it cares for the poor. It becomes invulnerable when it cares about the vulnerable. That is how a nation becomes great.”
Rabbi Sacks addressing the TED Conference, April 2017
The Rabbi Sacks Legacy (previously known as The Covenant & Conversation Trust) has a robust governance structure in place. The Trustees are: Elliott Goldstein (Chair); Michael Goldstein (Treasurer); Dayan Ivan Binstock; Michal Cotler-Wunsh; Daniel Finkelstein; Terri Kirshner-Herenstein; Stuart Roden; Alan Sacks; Lady (Elaine) Sacks; Gila Sacks; Josh Sacks; and Jacob Schimmel.
The trustees of The Covenant & Conversation Corporation – the US-based 501c3 – are: Elliott Goldstein; Naomi Hass-Perlman; and Alan Sacks.
An American Board of Governors is being established to advise the Legacy on all aspects of US-based activity: Ingeborg Rennert, President; Naomi Hass-Perlman, Chair; Eric Goldstein.
An Israel Advisory Board is also being established to specifically focus on the task of widening the exposure to Rabbi Sacks’ work among all sectors of Israeli society. This Board will be chaired by Alan Sacks, Rabbi Sacks’ brother.
The professional staff team consists of Joanna Benarroch, Jonny Lipczer, and Debby Ifield, all of whom worked for many years for Rabbi Sacks during his lifetime. They have developed many of the relationships with organisations, supporters, and individuals who can play a critical role in perpetuating Rabbi Sacks’ legacy.
Work is monitored and evaluated at regular trustee meetings throughout the year and minutes are kept. Projects have specific objectives, success criteria, and timelines for completion. Digital analytics are available in order to monitor online impact and well as anecdotal evidence from partner organisations.