15-12-2015 WORLD NEWS
King Felipe VI recognised for his steadfast support for the Jewish community in Spain
His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain received the Lord Jakobovits Prize of European Jewry from Conference of European Rabbis President Moscow Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt at the El Pardo Palace in Madrid on Tuesday. During the ceremony, Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt called for religious leaders to take responsibility for their communities amid growing extremism in Europe.
The king received the award in tribute to his steadfast support of the Jewish community in Spain and in honor of his welcome and endorsement of the unique legislation to allow those Jews who can prove their Spanish heritage to return to Spain. The unprecedented move was the climax of years of dialogue between the palace and the Jewish community. In particular the CER recognised the “immense contribution that the king has made in his willingness to embrace the many religious faiths present throughout the continent.”
Previous awardees of the prize include French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and EU Commission President Jerzy Buzek.
His Majesty King Felipe VI said, “Europe needs the invaluable contribution of its Jewish communities, because we need to be honest and respectful to both our common Judeo-Christian values and origins, and also with the more broader or universal sense of true human values we are trying to extend and defend worldwide amidst all the horrors and hatred that still persist in so many places on Earth.”
At the reception at the palace attended by rabbis CPE, Russian businessman Yan Abramov, Boris Mintz, President of the World Congress of Georgian Jews Gabriel Mirilashvili as well as officials from Russia and European countries
HM King Felipe VI of Spain accepting the Lord Jakobovits Prize of European Jewry from CER President and Moscow Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt in Madrid
European Jewry from CER President and Moscow Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President WCGJ Gabriel Mirilashvili and HM King Felipe VI of Spain in Madrid
President WCGJ Gabriel Mirilashvili and HM King Felipe VI of Spain in Madrid