Gordon Brown employs chief Rabbi
daughter as "special advisor"
"She will provide advice to the Chancellor on policy priorities"
Hugo Rifkind son of Jewish ex Conservative MP and Minister Sir Malcolm Rifkind, and hob-knobber of the stars, author of a novel, Overexposure, writes in Times Online, February 16, 2007:
Gila Sacks, the daughter of Sir Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, has landed a job with Gordon Brown, The Jewish Chronicle reports. Apparently, he and Sir Jonathan are close friends. Doesnt Gordon have the most surprising friends?
The stunningly beautiful, raven haired, doe eyed, slim, academically gifted, Jewish princess Gila Sacks (born 1983) married Elliott Goldstein in October 2004 and now joins Gordon Brown's 10 other advisers at No. 11 after having been a Director of Strategy and development for the UJIA, the United Jewish Israel Appeal, a Jewish charity with strong links to Israel. Gila's talented husband is an investment manager in the hotel, cosmeceutical (sic) and insurance industries.
The Daily Mail (16 februari 2007):
Gordon Brown today appointed the Chief Rabbi's daughter to his army of aides as he stepped up preparations to take over the reins of No 10.
Gila Sacks, the daughter of Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, will join the Chancellor's team of advisers responsible for developing policy across Whitehall.
Ms Sacks, 24, joins the council of economic advisers led by Dan Corrie and which includes Shriti Vadera, Gavin Kelly and Michael Jacobs.
The Chief Rabbi is close to Gordon Brown and has said his relationship with the Chancellor is one of his "loveliest friendships".
The Treasury rejected suggestions of cronyism and said Ms Sacks had been appointed because of her experience in strategic development. Before the Treasury she was director of strategy for a Jewish charity.
A Treasury spokesman said: "She will provide advice to the Chancellor on policy priorities. She will also contribute to the policy debate and work with others across Whitehall on developing policy for government, specifically in the Chancellor's areas."
Gordon Brown, said of her father Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, May 2003:
The Chief Rabbi is not just a distinguished scholar but a distinguished spiritual leader and a globally respected ambassador for the Jewish community here in Britain. He is respected in every continent because he has done more than anyone in Britain today to focus our attention on the needs and challenges of community in the global world.
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
Gila has with Paul Turner published Avodah (2003) for Limmud ( a Jewish charity for the study of the Torah of which her husband is the Chairman). A study guide for Chavruta learning on the theme of Avodah, meaning service, slavery, worship and work.
The four sections are: (1) Slavery - In which we remember our slavery in Egypt, and consider what it means to serve man and to serve God. (2) Serving God (Avodat Hashem) - In which we ask how and why we serve God, and how this has changed. (3) Work Ethic - In which we discover a Jewish work ethic - the attitudes and values with which we approach our work. (4) Business Ethics - In which we consider how to act ethically in work, and in doing so, transform our work into service of God.
If you wish to know more about the annual Limmudfest , "the jewel in our community's crown" says the Jewish Chronicle, contact for more details for this year is firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be few of us who will forget the words of Tony Blair the tennis partner of Middle East Envoy and Fixer, the Karaoke King, pint sized Lord Levy when he spoke of Gila's father:
Jonathan Sacks is truly a towering figure in the intellectual life of Britain today. He ranges with extraordinary ease across different fields, making a contribution that is uniquely and distinctively his own. In particular, as few other people can, he relates the insights of religion to the modern world and retells the story of faith in a compelling way, and that is a rare and remarkable achievement.
But entangling Brown in the Jewish web is not enough. The Chief Rabbi tries to force his bonding onto the Opposition leader David Cameron, (who according to Jewish Chronicle happens to have a Jewish family link). In The Jewish Chronicle, February 12, 2009, Simon Round writes:
Reports reach the Diary that Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has invited Leader of the Opposition David Cameron to dine at his home on three occasions, and three times has been told that Cameron is unable to attend.
Of course, it may be that there is a genuine problem with dates after all, Mr Cameron is an extremely busy man.
However, one Conservative insider tells us that the Tory Party leader is a little worried about the fact that Rabbi Sackss daughter, Gila Sacks, works in Gordon Browns office and that any conversation could get back to the Prime Minister? Surely not.