Since 2013, Ephraim Mirvis has served as the chief rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth. He has been an outspoken advocate of Jewish unity and the State of Israel.
He grew up in South Africa, and has been a vociferous critic of the “apartheid slander” against Israel, saying, “The difference between the two countries could scarcely be more stark” and calling the claim “a comparison that is entirely false; a grave insult to those who suffered under apartheid; and a tragic obstacle to peace.”
He has also concentrated on expanding roles for women in the Jewish community and building up communities in the UK provinces. (Photo credit: Kinloss.)