A string quartet greeted guests as they entered the historic candlelit sanctuary of Bevis Marks.
What do you do when you are the director of tourism in a region so remote that people visit only to see snow, and at that only once a year? You turn Jewish, that's what.
Rabbi Joseph Dweck takes up his role as senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation today.
Since being elected to the position last year, Rabbi Dweck has been preparing to begin work in a full time capacity.
He will be joined in London by his wife, Margalit, and four of his five children.
It was a room filled with palm trees, silk tents and people from the Middle East wearing Moroccan hats, kaftan robes and dresses covered in beads and sequins.
People chatted by the meat-laden buffet, watched a troupe of belly dancers and heard Israeli actress and singer Sari Alfi perform at the hotel in central London.
Who was Rabbi Ovadia Yosef? An aged rabbi responsible for countless offensive statements (on Arabs, Ashkenazim and countless others he saw as opponents) and the head of a political party with a reputation for corruption? Perhaps.