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.

Former United Synagogue vice-president Keith Barnett, who is chairing the dinner, said: “We are honoured by His Royal Highness’s presence, which is indicative of the esteem in which the Chief Rabbi is held not only in our community but in the nation as a whole.”

He added: “It is going to be a great celebration. There will be music, entertainment and Prince Charles and the Chief Rabbi will be the main speakers.”

Prince Charles, who is patron of the Jewish Museum in London and of World Jewish Relief’s Ukrainian programme, was the guest speaker at a dinner to mark the Board of Deputies’s 250th anniversary two years ago.

The dinner is being jointly sponsored by the Board, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Chief Rabbinate Council and the United Synagogue.

Guests, who are paying £195 a ticket, will be able to give their own personal salute to the Chief Rabbi in a special commemorative book.

He will give his last address in office after 22 years on the night of August 31 at the United Synagogue’s midnight selichot service.

His successor, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, will be installed the following day.

On Wednesday, Lord Sacks voiced concern at the level of youth unemployment across Europe in a debate on business and society which he initiated in the House of Lords.

“Are we condemning a significant proportion of young people to a future in which they will never work?” he asked.

Last updated: 4:51pm, June 18 2013