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May 9, 2024

His Majesty The King confirmed as Royal Patron of World Jewish Relief


World Jewish Relief Royal Patron

World Jewish Relief, the Jewish community’s humanitarian agency, is thrilled to announce His Majesty has retained his patronage of the charity, following a review of the Patronages of the Royal Household. His Majesty has served as the Royal Patron of World Jewish Relief since 2015, actively engaging in multiple aspects of its work and mission.

His Majesty’s involvement with World Jewish Relief began in 2002 following a visit to Krakow’s Jewish community. Motivated by this experience, His Majesty opened the Jewish Community Centre in Krakow in 2008, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, to help rebuild Jewish life and the Jewish community. The Centre continues to provide essential support to the community, including to many Ukrainian refugees.

In more recent years, His Majesty has engaged with the charity in numerous ways, including attending its Annual Dinner and visiting its North London Office. At His Majesty’s request, he came to learn about the Charity’s humanitarian response efforts amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, where World Jewish Relief has assisted over 300,000 individuals with medical aid, food packages, psychological and employment support.

Reflecting on His Majesty’s dedication and the renewal of his Patronage, Maurice Helfgott, Chair of World Jewish Relief, remarked:

“His Majesty the King has long been a great friend to both the Jewish community and the humanitarian community, and we are incredibly proud to call him our Royal Patron. His strong personal interest and commitment to our work is hugely motivating and inspiring to our team, partners, and those whom we support – here in the UK and globally. In the face of many real and acute challenges, we remain committed and dedicated to delivering life-saving and life-changing work to those experiencing the effects of crisis, conflict and disaster across the world, and we are honoured to be recognised in this way by His Majesty. We wish warm congratulations to all the exceptional charities receiving Royal Patronage.”