Chief Rabbi urges shuls to include LGBT community

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Chief Rabbi urges shuls to include LGBT community

Ephraim Mirvis tells more than 100 Orthodox rabbis everyone is 'precious' and nobody should feel like they have 'no place' in a synagogue

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis speaking in front of 100 Orthodox rabbis
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis speaking in front of 100 Orthodox rabbis

The Chief Rabbi has urged a gathering of more than 100 Orthodox rabbis to include “every person” including gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer Jews, in a speech intended to set the tone for the year ahead.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s comments were made at his Pre-Yamim Noraim Conference. It follows a year of after controversy surrounding Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck, who was criticised for saying “the entire revolution of feminism and homosexuality in our society is a fantastic development for humanity”.

In his speech ahead of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Mirvis said: “Every person is precious. Single parents, women, the unaffiliated, LGBT Jews – let no person feel they have no place in our shuls.”

In July, Mirvis said “the recent controversy about Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s teachings has brought the polarisation of Orthodox Jewry,” and lambasted those who were engaged in “poisonous invective, demonising other Jews”.

His speech at the Pre-Yamim Noraim Conference, which was preceded by an address from Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, was held under the banner of “Every One Counts,” and is given to teach and inspire rabbis ahead of the High Holy Days.

Rabbanim heard presentations from Rabbi Josh Spinner, the chief executive of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, and Dr Jonathan Mirvis from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They also took part in group discussions focusing on education, interfaith activity and social responsibility.

Following the conference, the Chief Rabbi said: “As Rabbis, we have now a responsibility to carry the inspiration we have taken from the last two days and use it build ever more engaging and inclusive communities, which would be inclusive of every person.”

"Every person is precious. Single parents, women, the unaffiliated, LGBT Jews: let no person feel that they have no…

Posted by Chief Rabbi Mirvis on Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: