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US marks Balfour 100
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Friday 3rd November 2017

On Sunday 29th October, the New West End Synagogue together with the United Synagogue co-hosted a special ceremony to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

Attended by almost 600 people, Guests of Honour were the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, and Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mark Regev. The Ambassador referenced Britain and the vital role it played in the Balfour Declaration, recognising the right to a Jewish homeland and helping to produce the only democracy in the Middle East.

Baroness Ruth Deech DBE read the Balfour Declaration and response, whilst Alex Miller and Gabi Silver, Youth Members of New West End Synagogue, presented a number of historic readings.

Chazan Jonathan Ben Garcia conducted the ceremony, accompanied by Mosaic Voices, the Choir of the New West End Synagogue and Musical Director, Michael Etherton.   

Mosaic Voices choir

Speaking about the event, Alan Aziz, United Synagogue Director of Development, said: “The Balfour Declaration is a tremendously significant event in Jewish history and as such it is extremely important that this historic occasion is recognised and celebrated in a fitting manner. We hope that this ceremony goes some way to showing our gratitude for the Declaration that helped re-establish a Jewish homeland in Israel. Many thanks go to Rabbi Moshe Freedman and the New West End Synagogue for hosting this wonderful event as well as to all who took part in and attended the ceremony.”  

Chief Rabbi Mirvis 

HE Ambassador of Israel to the UK, Mark Regev