(Thursday, September 8, 2022) – The European Jewish Congress is profoundly saddened by the passing of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
On behalf of Europe’s Jewish communities we convey our deep condolences to the British Royal Family and to the citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“This is a deeply sad day not only for Jews in the United Kingdom but for all of Europe and very much the end of an era,” EJC President Ariel Muzicant said. “Her Majesty the Queen was fondly regarded by her Jewish subjects and came to embody the constancy and traditions of a British society based on values of tolerance and mutual respect. Those values have enabled the post-war British Jewish community to flourish as part of the European family of Jewish communities.”
“Both personally, as a serving soldier as Britain stood alone against the Nazi might in the darkest days of World War II and symbolically as part of the wider Royal Family facing the Blitz with her brave people, Europe’s Jews owe a great debt of gratitude to her years of unflinching service to her people,” he expressed.
May the late Queen’s memory be for a blessing.