City honours Jewish 350
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-03-31
The Corporation of London has held a dinner at Mansion House to honour the UK's Jewish community as part of a year-long 350th anniversary celebration since Jews were admitted back to England.
The gathering of dignitaries included various Lords and MPs, The Royal family's Prince Phillip as well as religious leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.
Lord Levene, himself a former Lord Mayor of London chaired the event as Lord Mayor Locum Tenens and proposed the toast to the community.
"The Jewish community has been given the gift of Freedom. With that freedom, we have always accepted the responsibility of ensuring that others too can enjoy that gift," responded Board president Henry Grunwald to the toast.
He added: "In the last three hundred and fifty years we have managed to find our way through and along the complicated pathways of civic society. It took us a very long time, and we feel a heavy responsibility to ensure that other communities who have not been here for so long can achieve as much as we have in a considerably shorter time, which is why we place so much importance on interfaith and inter-communal activities."