Royal Wedding Shows Jews Are Proud of Both Britain and Israel - Page 2
The event was organised by Dov Newmark, Director of UK Aliyah (emigration to Israel) for the Nefesh B’Nefesh emigration aid organisation.
“I am very sorry I can’t be with you to celebrate the royal wedding today, but I hope you can toast the royal couple on my behalf,” wrote Mr Gould. “As you celebrate the royal wedding ... you show that it is possible to be proud Israelis and also proud of your connections to Britain. So I hope you can celebrate not just the royal wedding, but also everything that you contribute to Israel and to the friendship between our countries.”
A transcript of UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Lord Sacks’s pre-nuptial Thought for the Day from BBC Radio 4 was also due to be read at the party while one of the participants planned to deliver a sermon of his own.
Meanwhile, Mr Gould hosted a rather grander affair marking both The Queen’s recent birthday and the wedding. He told 750 guests at a reception at the Yitzhak Rabin Centre in Ramat Aviv:
“The amazing turnout and enthusiasm for this event really shows just how today’s wedding has captured people’s imagination well beyond Britain’s borders. I am really proud that our royal family inspires such loyalty from inside Britain and such interest from outside.”
Unlike the low-key revellers in Modi’in, guests at Ramat Aviv enjoyed fish and chips and roast beef, with strawberries and cream for dessert washed down with Martini and Newcastle Brown Ale!