The Prince of Wales is set to become patron of a Jewish youth organization as it celebrates its 125th birthday.
Prince Charles, 71, was appointed patron of the Jewish Boys and Girls Brigade, also known as JLGB, after meeting young members of the Jewish Boys and Girls Brigade at a reception at the Buckingham Palace in December 2019.
They were part of programs that helped them be successful and be good members of society.
His appointment was hailed as an “absolute honor” by Neil Martin, the organization’s chief executive, who praised the royal for always believing in the power of young people within their communities.
The Prince of Wales will become the patron of the Jewish youth organization the Jewish Boys and Girls Brigade (JLGB) as it celebrates its 125th birthday. Pictured: Prince Charles with members of the group at a reception at Buckingham Palace last December
Neil said: “It is an absolute honor to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales as Patron, as he has always been a firm believer in the power of young people to support and lead their communities for the betterment of British society and a better future.
“We are absolutely delighted that SAR has agreed to be a Patron, occupying this position during our historic anniversary year, which of course pays homage to the incredible role JLGB has played over the past 125 years in the company, but shows also absolute faith in future contributions, the next generation of young British Jews has not yet made.
The organization has set up virtual programs to support children, youth and their families during the lockdown.
This week he is launching JLGB Fuel, a central planning system for adult volunteers and young leaders that aims to fuel the organization “by uniting and scaling up its activities across the UK”.
His Royal Highness has already paid tribute to the Jewish community. Pictured: The prince opens a Jewish community center in Krakow, Poland, in 2018
It is preparing to restart its local weekly programs across the UK next month after a six-month hiatus due to the pandemic and is launching a new website and online system to make it easier for new members to join.
The organization said its new way of working will put more emphasis on empowering young people in the management of JLGB, in recognition of the role of young people in the success of an almost night-time live broadcast during the lockdown that has been seen by over 1.8 million unique viewers.
Lord Levy, Chairman of JLGB, said they were “delighted and honored to have the recognition and support” from Charles, “even more in these uncertain times”.
He praised the young people for showing “real leadership, helping to create new opportunities that better reflect real world realities” over the past few months.
The prince also opened a synagogue in Bowden, Cheshire, in 2003 and was assaulted by worshiping Jewish children
Lord Levy added: âThere is no more meaningful way to start a new era than with HRH the Prince of Wales as a new boss, who cares and helps the young people of our country so much. We are confident that it will help us all continue our mission of growing and developing JLGB for the next generation.
His Royal Highness has already paid tribute to the Jewish community.
At a reception at Buckingham Palace last year, the Prince said: “In all walks of life, in all fields of endeavor, our nation could not have had more generous citizens and more loyal friends. ”
And during a visit to Jerusalem in January, Charles met Marta Wise, a Holocaust survivor, who, at the age of 10, was sent to Auschwitz and experimented with by famous Nazi physician Josef Mengele.
“I have long been inspired by the selfless actions of my dear grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who in 1943 in Nazi-occupied Athens, saved a Jewish family by taking them to her home and hiding them,” said the prince. Pictured: Princess Alice in 1965
In Jerusalem, Charles also paid tribute to his grandmother, Princess Alice, for sheltering Jews in Nazi-occupied Greece. during the Second World War.
“I have long been inspired by the selfless actions of my dear grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who in 1943 in Nazi-occupied Athens, saved a Jewish family by taking them to her home and hiding them,” said the prince at the forum. at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center.
The news comes after Charles joined a charity for the unveiling of their 100th community refrigerator in Scotland to mark his return to duty in person after the summer break.
He opened the community refrigerator at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire with community refrigerator network manager Kanahaya Alam.
The Prince of Wales joined the Community Fridge Network UK for the unveiling of his 100th Community Fridge in Scotland today. Pictured laughing and chatting with network manager Kanahaya Alam
His Royal Highness and Kanahaya Alam were pictured standing in front of the refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The royal, who wore a cream overcoat for appearance due to the colder weather, opened the refrigerator for a blonde girl who placed a selection of vegetables in a basket in the grocery store.
The Community Fridge Network, run by the environmental charity Hubbub, supports community fridges across the UK to share great food from local businesses and individuals that would otherwise have gone to waste.