Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.

But it also had one rather more unusual feature: the Prime Minister. Mr Cameron, who had invited the Jews into his home, did not merely stand back and watch. He lit four candles, under Lord Sacks' tutelage. The previous day, Conservative Friends of Israel held its annual lunch.

Almost 700 people were present, including 140 parliamentarians. Such numbers for CFI are now taken for granted. But they should not be. A few hours before the lunch, the census results were published. We have grown - slightly - in number.

But we remain, in relative terms, a tiny community, just 0.5 per cent of the population. And yet this relatively insignificant minority is responsible for the most widely supported ginger group within the Conservative Party and was the honoured beneficiary of Wednesday night's prime ministerial hospitality. It is, when one reflects on it, little short of astonishing. There is much that is wrong with our community. But there is, as this week has shown, a lot that is right.

Last updated: 4:45pm, December 13 2012