There were right royal celebrations in Jewish schools and synagogues, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markel finally tied the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday.
In the run-up to the big day, Sinai Jewish Primary School, in Kenton, was awash with red, white and blue, as youngsters enjoyed a special tea party.
Headmistress Juliette Lipshaw said: “Promoting and embedding British values is at the heart of our school’s work. The children made flags, jelly and sandwiches. We wish Harry and Meghan a hearty Mazel Tov, congratulations!”
Clore Shalom in Shenley and Yavneh Primary in Borehamwood also enjoyed royal-themed tea parties, while Simon Marks Jewish Primary School, Stoke Newington, hosted a British monarchy quiz followed by a special lunch.
Meanwhile, reception pupils at Moriah Jewish Day School, in Pinner, got into the mood with a picnic in the park, featuring a mock wedding, cupcakes and dancing. Headteacher Ruth Gafson said: “The children had a brilliant royal wedding in the sunshine.”
Synagogues also joined the spirit of celebration. Borehamwood and Elstree United was decked out for the occasion with Union Jacks and Harry and Meghan bunting, and served up a Kiddush featuring cucumber sandwiches, scones and jam and Pimms.
Co-organiser Rochelle Miller, said: “We all felt suitably patriotic and happy that we were able to tie in our community events with the wider event happening in the UK.”
Radlett United Synagogue similarly tucked into a royal-themed Kiddush and raised a l’chaim to the royal couple in the shul garden.
Mosaic Jewish Community in Harrow included a special prayer for the wedding during the Shabbat service, while West London Synagogue hosted a learning night for Shavuot, with sessions looking at relationships and royalty.
In wishing the newlyweds mazeltov on their nuptials, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took to BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.
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He said: “As Prince Harry and Megan Markle begin their journey together, the three crowns of royalty, public service and timeless tradition are unavoidably upon them.
“But as all young couples must strive to do, they have begun to forge their own path in life together.
“Mindful of the wonderful impact they have made as individuals through their passionate commitment to outstanding causes, they have shown what a formidable force for good they can be as a married couple.”
Adding her thoughts, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to Reform Judaism, said: “I wish the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex mazal tov. They symbolise all that is good in modern, diverse Britain; committed to good causes and improving the lives of others. May they have many years of happiness.”
Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director or strategy and partnerships, added: “We wish the Royal couple many congratulations on their very special simcha. It was a wonderful ceremony, topped off with a radical sermon that would do every Liberal Jew proud.”
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