Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth since September 1, 1991, the sixth incumbent since 1845. At the time of his appointment, he was Principal of Jews' College, London, the world's oldest rabbinical seminary, where he also held the Chair in Modern Jewish Thought. Educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he also pursued postgraduate studies at New College, Oxford, and King's College, London. In September 2001, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt. Hon Rev George Carey, conferred on the Chief Rabbi a Doctorate of Divinity in recognition of his ten years in the Chief Rabbinate.

Professor Sacks has been a visiting lecturer at numerous universities, including the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Middlesex, Haifa, Yeshiva University (New York), the University of Liverpool and St. Andrews University. He is the author of fourteen books, including Traditional Alternatives (1989), Tradition in an Untraditional Age (1990), The Persistence of Faith (1991), Arguments for the Sake of Heaven (1991), Crisis and Covenant (1992), One People? (1993), Will We Have Jewish Grandchildren? (1994), Faith in the Future (1995), Community of Faith (1995), The Politics of Hope (1997), Morals and Markets (1999), Celebrating Life (2000), Radical Then, Radical Now (2001), The Dignity of Difference (2002). In 1995, he received the Jerusalem Prize for his contributions to Diaspora Jewish life.