Prince of Wales to become JLGB patron

Royal patronage is a boost for organisation in landmark year


JLGB is celebrating its 125th birthday with the announcement that the Prince of Wales has agreed to become its patron.

The prince met JLGB members at the reception he hosted at Buckingham Palace last December for Jewish community representatives.

He said then that “in my own small way, I have sought to recognise the contribution of the Jewish community by various means.

“I see this as the least I can do to try to repay, in some small way, the immense blessings the Jewish people have brought to this land and, indeed, to humanity.”

JLGB chief executive Neil Martin welcomed the involvement of “a tremendous believer in the power of young people to support and lead their communities for the betterment of British society”.

The organisation already has a strong royal connection, delivering Duke of Edinburgh Award activities across the Jewish community.

Like others, it has had to adapt during the pandemic, providing virtual programming for young people and their families. And it has this week launched JLGB Fuel, a centralised system for adult volunteers and youth leaders, which is geared to enhancing activities.

Recognising the role of members in the success of its online programming, JLGB wants to place greater emphasis on “youth empowerment” in its operations going forward.

JLGB president Lord Levy said the royal patronage would "help us all continue in our mission to grow and develop JLGB for the next generation".

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