The Story of Lady Jakobovits

By Gloria Tessler

A child in war-torn Europe, Am?lie Munk fled for her life with her mother, grandmother, and younger siblings on a packed train from Paris bound for the south of France. Eking out a tough daily existence, Am?lie quickly matured into a young woman whose spirited beauty saved her from several sticky encounters. Life changed for Am?lie after the war, when, still a teenager, she married the man destined to become the Chief Rabbi. Am?lie transformed into that rare combination - sophisticated woman-of-the-world and Jewish revivalist - rubbing shoulders with royalty and the political elite. Her husband, Chief Rabbi Jakobovits, was an adviser to the Thatcher government: chosen neither for politics nor faith, but for his earthier sense of personal and social responsibility. In her own right Am?lie became a luminary of many charities and a speaker and educator on the talmudic and moral issues close to her heart. A deep spiritual connection with her faith and her belief of the sanctity of the family guided her. When Lord Jakobovits was created a Peer of the Realm by then prime minister Thatcher, Am?lie Jakobovits became an icon of another kind, and is now regarded with general affection as Lady J.

326 pages

Publication Date: 10/1/2006
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9780853033417