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Theresa May thanks British Jews for contribution in Rosh Hashanah reception
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Theresa May thanks British Jews for contribution in Rosh Hashanah reception

British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed dozens of Jewish community leaders, volunteers and religious figures to Downing Street on Wednesday for what was thought to be the first ever Rosh Hashanah reception held at Number 10.

The Prime Minister said she wanted to thank British Jews, and show her “personal support and appreciation for everything that you contribute to our country”.

She told guests: “Here today, we have people from all parts of our Jewish community and all parts of our society – from business to the arts, from politics to our public services. 

“We also have some of our country’s greatest philanthropists, leading charities and some of our most outstanding volunteers.”

Among those attending were Marsha Gladstone, the Jewish Volunteering Network’s volunteer of the year, and Avi Dubner, who was awarded a Point of Light award for his scheme which encourages people to walk to visit hospital patients on Shabbat.

May also discussed policy matters, stating that she was pleased the government had ensured state schools would be able to claim gift aid on voluntary contributions.

Ahead of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, May said Britain would do “everything we can to support efforts towards building a two-state solution – and the lasting peace that we all want to see.

“But as Prime Minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital role that Britain played a century ago in helping to create a homeland for the Jewish people.”

She urged British Jews to mark Rosh Hashanah with “confidence that together we will keep Jewish people in our country safe and defeat the scourge of antisemitism.

“And confidence that it is the values that we share – Jewish values, British values - that will in the end prevail. Let me wish you and all your families a sweet New Year.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis thanked May for the work she has done to protect the community, and said British Jews would be reciprocating her wish, by praying for her as she led the government through Brexit negotiations.

Click here to read the full article in Jewish Chronicle

Thursday, September 14, 2017
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