Royal family

Prince Charles will attend new Chief Rabbi’s installation

By Simon Rocker, August 29, 2013

The Prince of Wales is to attend the installation of the new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at St John’s Wood Synagogue on Sunday.

It will the first time a royal presence has graced such an occasion, according to the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

Just two months ago, Prince Charles led the praise at a tribute dinner for Lord Sacks, who is retiring after 22 years in office.


Bring me the royal baby and I’ll give him the snip, says top mohel

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A leading mohel has offered to circumcise Prince George — in keeping with a Royal Family tradition.

Dr Joseph Spitzer, a GP and the head of the Initiation Society, is willing to carry out the procedure should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to maintain the practice common among royals since the 19th century.


Peres sends gift for royal baby

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

The Israeli president has sent the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a unique outfit to welcome the birth of the royal baby boy.

President Shimon Peres sent a hat, socks, white shirt, blue tie and trousers set with the message “From Israel with love” printed on the shirt.

The baby, who has yet to be named, was born on Monday afternoon and weighed 8lb 6oz.


How the work of Odessa children’s home touched the heart of duchess

By Zoe Winograd, June 27, 2013

Invited to the May fundraising dinner of the British support group for the Tikva children’s home in Odessa, the Duchess of York was so moved by the stories of its work that she asked the charity if she could visit.


Prince pays tribute to Chief Rabbi - his 'steadfast friend'

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2013

The Prince of Wales gave a glowing tribute to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks at a dinner attended by more than 800 people to celebrate his 22 years in office, calling him a “light unto this nation”.


Accept it — Kate Middleton is not a Jewish princess

By Sandy Rashty, June 20, 2013

Prepare yourself for the most disappointing news of the week — the royal baby will not be Jewish.

Hopes for a kosher birth were raised when The Times published a letter from no less an authority than the former BBC court correspondent Michael Cole, claiming that the Duchess of Cambridge had identifiable Jewish roots.


Queen's Birthday Honours 2013: Thank you, ma’am — we are honoured

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2013

The contribution of British Jews to the nation’s cultural life was recognised as the director of Tate Modern, the sculptor Anish Kapoor, actress Claire Bloom and the founder of the Jewish Film festival were included in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Serota and Kapoor get top awards in Queen's Birthday Honours

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2013

Anglo-Jewry's contribution to cultural life was recognised this week as the director of Tate, the sculptor Anish Kapoor and the founder of the Jewish Film festival were included on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.


A royal dinner for Lord Sacks

By Simon Rocker, June 13, 2013

The Prince of Wales is to be guest of honour at a tribute dinner to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks on Monday week ahead of his retirement at the end of August.

A number of senior political figures are also expected to be among the 700 guests at the central London event.


How Jamaican Jews and teenage photographers marked the Queen's coronation

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2013

The ambassador of the fledgling state of Israel and Jewish dignitaries from Canada, Australia, Rhodesia and even Jamaica were at Westminster Abbey 60 years ago this week to watch Princess Elizabeth be crowned queen.