Last month, more than 250 communities and day schools across the globe joined for “Communities in Conversation,” marking the second anniversary of the death of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. The intercontinental commemoration, including more than 16,000 students from 92 schools in 24 countries, was scheduled around his November yahrzeit. It was inspired by the renowned leader’s teachings and his passion for learning through dialogue.
Participating New Jersey institutions included the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, Congregation Darchei Noam in Fair Lawn, and the Idea School in Tenafly.
Programs ranged from intimate group in-person discussions to widely attended lectures. Many of the programs were led by former students of Rabbi Sacks. One program in Maryland featured former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who talked about his own personal connection with the rabbi, and how he received a baseball cap emblazoned with the title “Chief Rabbi” when he was without a Purim costume one year.
While Rabbi Sacks’ official title during most of his career was from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, his impact was far-reaching, and his vision and philosophy far from limited to the Jewish community,” said Joanna Benarroch, chief executive of the Rabbi Sacks Legacy. For more information, go to www.rabbisacks.org.