Jewish community groups wish the King mazel tov on his big day

King Charles is patron to several Jewish causes


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Jewish communal bodies sent congratulations to the King and Queen and paid tribute to them ahead of tomorrow's coronation.

Keith Black, chair of the Jewish Leadership Council said “The Coronation will be a magnificent day in British history that we will all share with so much pleasure. We at the Jewish Leadership Council wish His Majesty King Charles, mazaltov on his elevation to the throne. God save the King.”

Marie Van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies said: “As an organisation which was founded to pay tribute to King George III on his accession, the Board of Deputies is delighted to wish King Charles III many congratulations on the occasion of his Coronation. May his reign be a long, successful and happy one, as was that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth before him.”

The United Synagogue's president, Michael Goldstein pointed out that since the US's foundation in 1870 one constant factor has been the recital every week in US synagogues of the Prayer for the Royal Family. "We send our very best wishes to His Majesty the King on his Coronation and know that he will continue to ensure the UK remains a “malchut shel chesed” (a kingdom of kindness) for the Jewish community and all British citizens”.

A spokesman for Masorti Judaism said: “Masorti Judaism would like to congratulate King Charles on his coronation. King Charles has always been a good friend to the Jewish community. We know that he will inspire our country to deepen our commitment to social action, care for the environment, and the modern values that Masorti Judaism shares”. 

Movement for Reform Judaism CEO Rabbi Josh Levy, and Liberal Judaism CEO Rabbi Charley Baginsky, now working together issued joint congratulations: “On behalf of the rabbis of Reform and Liberal Judaism, our members, and leadership, we want to send our very best wishes to His Majesty, King Charles and all the Royal family on this very special and historic occasion. King Charles has always expressed his support for the central place of faith in the United Kingdom. We look forward to his continued raising up of diverse voices and hope to play our part in continuing to represent the commitment of the Jewish community to the realm”.

Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Education Trust said: "His Majesty, along with other members of the Royal Family, has demonstrated time and again his enduring friendship to our community, his deep affection for our Holocaust survivors and their families, and his unstinting commitment to ensure the continued legacy of the Holocaust — we could not be more grateful. King Charles knows the joy and life that our brave survivors bring, having recently joined them in a pre-Chanukah hora! We thank him for his continued service and dedication to our nation and wish him mazeltov on this historic day."

Angela Cohen, chairman of the 45 Aid society said that King Charles’ star shines very brightly within the Holocaust survivors charity, the '45 Aid Society."His late mother respected and had so much time for the Boys and we know that he will do the same for future generations. Kol Hakavod, King Charles, on your coronation!” y

The Association of Jewish Refugees said:“On behalf of all our members, the AJR wishes to extend to King Charles III our sincere congratulations on the occasion of his Coronation. As the national organisation representing and supporting Holocaust refugees and survivors, we are immensely grateful to His Majesty for his longstanding dedication to remembrance of the Holocaust as well as the personal interest he has shown in the lives of the many refugees and survivors he’s met over the years, at AJR events and beyond”.

Jewish Care said:“Our life president, president, honorary presidents, chairman, trustees, staff and volunteers wish His Majesty King Charles III, Her Majesty Queen Camilla, and the entire Royal Family a hearty mazaltov on the occasion of the Coronation. We are delighted to celebrate this wonderful event across our resources and services together with our residents, tenants, members and clients and gladly share this joyous time with so many across the community and the country”.

And Naomi Dickson, chief executive of Norwood said “On behalf of Norwood’s Trustees, staff, the people we support and our volunteers, we would like to wish a long and happy reign to His Majesty King Charles III on the occasion of his coronation. May the Almighty grant him good health, happiness and wisdom and we wish him every success in leading our nation.” Naomi Dickson, chief executive of Norwood."

World Jewish Relief paid tribute to the King's work as a "committed and actively engaged patron." "His Majesty first approached WJR in 2002 when, inspired by a visit to Krakow’s Jewish community, he encouraged us to fund, build and establish the outstanding Jewish Community Centre in the city. Last April WJR welcomed His Majesty to our offices in North London where, at his request, we learned about the impact of our humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine and met some of the individuals we have assisted. This February His Majesty sent his Principal Private Secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, to address guests at our annual dinner, sharing a personal message praising “the tremendous example set by World Jewish Relief over the last 90 years” to those “both in the Jewish community and beyond”. 

Wishing the King and Queen a hearty mazel tov, the charity expressed appreciation for"His Majesty’s conviction in the value of our global work, and his unwavering commitment to actively supporting us, is highly motivating and inspiring to our team, trustees and global partners as we continue our lifesaving work during challenging periods of conflict and disaster."

Mark Gardner, chief executive of the Community Security Trust said that the King's visit to CST headquarters in December was "the career highlight for many CST staff and volunteers. He showed genuine understanding and concern for our work tackling antisemitism and his support and affection for the Jewish community shone through. His coronation will be a momentous occasion and everyone at CST wishes him a long, happy and peaceful reign.”

JW3 also sent congratulations. "When he visited us in December 2022 the reaction from all the visitors, food bank volunteers and Holocaust survivors who met him showed just how much he is appreciated throughout the community. We look forward to seeing the good work that he does continue for a long time to come”.

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) extended its heartfelt congratulations to King Charles III on his upcoming coronation. "We are delighted to witness this historic moment, as the King ascends to the throne and begins a new era of leadership."

As members of the Jewish community, we are particularly grateful for the King’s longstanding commitment to interfaith dialogue and his support for religious freedom. His dedication to promoting understanding and tolerance among different faiths is a testament to his character and his commitment to creating a better world for all”.

The JNF said: “On this historic occasion of King Charles’s coronation, JNF UK celebrate the start of a new era for the British monarchy. We pay tribute to his unwavering commitment to public service, his dedication to charitable causes, and his steadfast devotion to the people of the United Kingdom”.

And the Jewish Museum London also congratulated the King, "His Majesty has been patron of the Jewish Museum London since 2008 when we became His Majesty’s first patronage of a Jewish community organisation with a remit in the United Kingdom. This long-standing relationship reflects King Charles’s deep commitment to promoting and preserving British Jewish heritage and the Jewish faith. "

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