Royal family

Cheetham's president to attend Queen's garden party

June 6, 2008

Bernard Stone, president of Cheetham Hebrew Congregation, has been nominated by Manchester Jewish Representative Council to attend the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace. He will be accompanied by his brother Philip. The shul is housed in the Manchester Jewish Community Centre.


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By Leon Symons, May 22, 2008

Mr Yentob, a patron of the museum, was present for the start of building work on Monday, telling the JC: “The expansion is a huge leap forward for the museum.

“I think it’s going to be great. [The reopening] will be a big moment for everyone in June 2009.”

The new building will be triple the size of its predecessor, allowing the collections previously held at Camden and Finchley to be brought under one roof.


Aviva Wizo hear of Queen Victoria's haemophilia

May 16, 2008

Professor Monty Losowsky, executive chairman of Thackray Medical Museum, gave a talk to Aviva Wizo last week on haemophilia and Queen Victoria. The event took place at the United Hebrew Congregation when more than 80 people heard how haemophilia affected the queen. He explained that out of the nine children Victoria bore, the third Alice, and the ninth Beatrice, were carriers of the gene, and the eighth, Leopold, was a haemophiliac.


Queen’s mazeltov message

May 9, 2008

The Queen has sent her congratulations to the government and people of Israel on its 60th anniversary.

In a letter to President Peres, she wrote: “It gives me particular pleasure to send my congratulations on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of your independence. I extend my best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the government and people of Israel in the coming year.”


Royal pride in Krakow

By Leon Symons, May 2, 2008

Prince Charles is ‘moved’ as he opens a Jewish centre that he helped to fund Prince Charles was so taken by his involvement in creating a new Polish Jewish community centre, which he opened in Krakow on Tuesday, that he now intends to become involved in another Jewish project in Eastern Europe, the JC understands. “To stand between the Tempel and Kupa synagogues in the heart of the Jewish community is like touching history,” he said during the opening ceremony.


How a royal gift gave the Krakow community a new beating heart

By Leon Symons, May 2, 2008

Six years ago, Prince Charles promised to provide a group of  Polish Jews with a place to come together. Last Tuesday, he opened its new centre to a sea of smiles

Zofia Radikowska summed up the feelings of the Krakow Jewish community towards Prince Charles.

“So many people have been here in the past and made promises that they would help us. They went away and never came back,” said the beaming 72-year-old academic, who taught law at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University — known as the Cambridge of Poland — until she retired.


Charles and Camilla to open Krakow centre

By Leon Symons, April 11, 2008

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are to open a new Jewish community centre in the Polish town of Krakow that has been funded and built by World Jewish Relief.

The April 29 ceremony will be the culmination of a £700,000 project that started when the Prince visited the town in 2002 and came back determined to help the remnants of its ageing Jewish population.


Royal party rather too exclusive for some

By Rachel Fletcher, April 11, 2008

Prince Edward became the first royal officially to participate in Israel’s independence celebrations at a JNF-UJIA dinner at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Standing in for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh who had been hospitalised with a chest infection several days earlier, the Earl of Wessex attended a champagne reception for the 300-strong gathering.

Even though he left before dinner, he greeted guests including Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Royal invitation for Israeli who gave £20 million to maritime museum

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

The Duke of Edinburgh has asked to meet Israeli billionaire Sammy Ofer following his £20 million donation to the National Maritime Museum last week.

The Duke reportedly wants to show his appreciation to Mr Ofer for the bequest — believed to be the largest single donation by an individual to any cultural project in Britain.

Mr Ofer, 86, who once served in the Royal Navy, is a close friend of the museum’s chairman, Lord Sterling of Plaistow. He gave the money as a personal gesture.