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Queen marks Jewish 350

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-11-29

The Queen and Chief Rabbi

The Queen and Chief Rabbi - Photo: PA

The Queen along with Prince Philip has paid tribute to Britain's Jewish community and its contribution to British life at a special reception at St. James's Palace in front of 500 people.

The event, which is part of the year-long 350th anniversary celebration of the return to England of Jews, saw representation of British Jews across the religious and communal spectrum from Orthodox to Reform to student and youth.

To mark the occasion, Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks presented The Queen with a Chanukah menorah and head of Reform Judaism gave a ceremonial cup to Price Phillip.

"I have been especially pleased by the way in which Jewish communities countrywide have joined together in the 350th celebrations, and there can be no higher accolade than this reception hosted by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh," said Sir Sigmund Sternberg, co-chair of the 350th anniversary steering group and co-founder of the Three Faiths Forum.

Marlena Schmool, coordinator of the 350th anniversary group added: "I look around and I feel intensely proud that the Jewish community, a small minority in the UK, have made such a lasting contribution to this country."