Chief Rabbi Joins Bar-Ilan Council


Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis has agreed to join Bar-Ilan University’s Council of Founders. Composed of fourteen members, half living in Israel and half overseas, the Council’s role is to provide spiritual direction to the University.

The Chief Rabbi has been a long-standing supporter of Bar-Ilan, one of Israel’s leading universities, which combines cutting-edge scientific research with education steeped in Jewish values. The university now has over 20,000 students and is the fastest growing university in Israel.

Bar-Ilan is the only university in Israel where students are required to complete foundation courses in Jewish Studies. This unique approach ensures every student graduates with a full appreciation of Jewish culture, history, and heritage.

In response to his appointment, the Chief Rabbi commented:

“As a great admirer of the achievements of Bar Ilan University, I am honoured to have been elected on to Bar-Ilan’s Council of Founders. As one of Israel’s leading institutions of higher education, the university gives a contribution of inestimable value to the State of Israel and the Jewish world, by educating and inspiring its students with core Jewish values at its heart. I extend best wishes to Bar-Ilan for continuous success through these most challenging of times.”

Commenting on the Chief Rabbi’s appointment, Max Dunbar, Executive Director of the British Friends of Bar-Ilan, said:

“We are thrilled the Chief Rabbi has been elected on to this prestigious Council. Bar-Ilan will benefit hugely from his vast knowledge and wisdom. We are looking forward to working with the Chief Rabbi over the coming months and years, helping us connect the UK closer to Bar-Ilan”.