NEW YORK – Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, 65,
has accepted a dual professorship at New York University and Yeshiva
He will be the Kressel and Efrat Family University Professor
of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University and the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global
Distinguished professor of Judaic Thought at New York University. Sacks will
spend three months per year teaching in New York.
In a statement on his
website, Sacks said he was “excited” about the new opportunity.
dual intellectual challenge is the perfect context to take forward the project
of a Judaism engaged with the world in conversation with students in one of the
major centers of Jewish life,” he said.
John Sexton, president of NYU,
said the university was “proud and delighted” to have Sacks on staff, and called
him “one of the world’s most prominent voices on issues of Jewish faith and the
The joint appointment between YU and NYU will
“contribute to the overall vibrancy of New York’s extraordinary intellectual
community,” Sexton said.
YU President Richard M. Joel said he hoped Sacks
would “inspire the next generation of Jewish leadership and to be a voice to the
Jewish people and world for our timeless values.
“I join with the
extraordinary John Sexton in celebrating yet another way for two great
universities to work together to advance an agenda that matters,” he
Sacks served as the UK’s chief rabbi for 22 years until September.
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