Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs C.B.E
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Our Founder Rabbi, Dr. Louis Jacobs z"l was one of the world's most distinguished rabbinic scholars and authors. He wrote more than fifty books and was widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest authorities on all  major aspects of Jewish Studies including Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Responsa, Liturgy, Hasidism, Mysticism, Kabbalah, Philosophy and Theology.

For more than 40 years Rabbi Jacobs served this congregation which he founded with brilliance and distinction. The Masorti Movement he inspired, has grown into a dynamic movement built on his theology and teachings. In December 2005,  a Jewish Chronicle poll in which 2000 readers took part voted Rabbi Jacobs the greatest British Jew in the community's 350-year history in England. 

Rabbi Jacobs died on Shabbat 1st July 2006/5th Tammuz 5766.

A Web site dedicated to promoting the teachings and approach of Rabbi Jacobs has been launched - to visit the site click here -  www.louisjacobs.org

A Memorial Lecture has been established to be held each year on the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Jacobs. The inaugral lecture took place on Wednesday 20th June 2007. A Memorial Tribute was given by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of Chicago, and the Keynote lecture "Jewish Preaching on Social Justice", was given by Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, Principal of the Leo Baeck College.

The second Memorial Lecture, "Taking Hold of Torah", took place on Sunday 6th July 2008, and was given given by Rabbi Dr Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

The third Memorial Lecture, "Israel’s Future", took place on Sunday 28th June 2009 and was given by Rabbi Michael Melchior.

The fourth Memorial Lecture, "The Talmud and the Jewish Question", took place on Sunday 20th June 2010 and was given by Rabbi Dr Norman Solomons.


Tributes to Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs C.B.E
 Symposium 2 December 2007 marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of “We Have Reason to Believe” by Rabbi Louis Jacobs. - 20 Nov 2009
 The First Louis Jacobs Memorial Lecture - Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein - "Jewish Preaching on Social Justice" - 20 Jun 2007
 The First Louis Jacobs Memorial Lecture - Memorial Tribute by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove - 20 Jun 2007
 Address by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg at the Stonesetting - 25 Feb 2007
 Remembering a giant of British and Conservative Jewry - 8 Aug 2006
 Louis Jacobs: A Theology For Our Day by Reuven Hammer - Jerusalem Post - 28 Jul 2006
 The Memorial Service - Address by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer - 23 Jul 2006
 The Memorial Service - Ivor Jacobs - 23 Jul 2006
 The Memorial Service - Welcome by Mr Adrian Marks - 23 Jul 2006
 The Memorial Service - Address by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove - 23 Jul 2006
 Obituary - 'The Independent' by John Cooper - 11 Jul 2006
 Obituary - 'The New York Times' by Ari L. Goldman - 9 Jul 2006
 Obituary - 'The Forward' by Elliot Cosgrove - 7 Jul 2006
 The Last Word BBC Radio 4 - 7 Jul 2006
 Jewish Chronicle - UK Jews mourn Rabbi Louis Jacobs by Simon Rocker - 6 Jul 2006
 Obituary - The Jewish Chronicle - 6 Jul 2006
 "My Rabbi" by Anne Cowen - 6 Jul 2006
 The Task Ahead by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer - 6 Jul 2006
 Louis Jacobs - an appreciation; by Dr. Harry Freedman - 6 Jul 2006
 Hesped by Rabbi Jeremy Gordon delivered at the Shiva - 6 Jul 2006
 Obituary - 'The Guardian' - by Michael Freedland and Rabbi Jonathan Romain - 5 Jul 2006
 Obituary - 'The Times' - 4 Jul 2006
 Words spoken by Naomi Bar-Yosef at the Shivah - 3 Jul 2006
 The Funeral Hesped by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg - 2 Jul 2006

Articles by Dr Rabbi Louis Jacobs C.B.E
 Extract from We Have Reason To Believe - 23 Feb 2006
 The Problem of the Akedah in Jewish Thought - 20 Feb 2006
 Extract from Beyond Reasonable Doubt - Man-made versus divine precepts - 4 Mar 1999
 Human element in divine Revelation - Published in the Jewish Chronicle - 24 May 1996