The UK's next Chief Rabbi took up his post today in a ceremony attended by more than 1,000 guests - including the Prince of Wales. Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was inducted as seventh Chief Rabbi since the role was formalised in 1845.
The new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke of his pride in the record of the British Jewish community in charitable giving as he was formally inducted as 11th Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK and the Commonwealth.
"I am privileged to become the spiritual head of a wonderful and remarkable community which fully appreciates the value of giving, is there not only for members of our community but there for those who require assistance throughout the country and so we need to be committed to one and all," he said.
An audience of around 1,400 guests was present for the formal induction ceremony including the Prince of Wales, the first member of the royal family to attend an installation of the Chief Rabbi, and Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The Uk's next Chief Rabbi has said that he was concerned over rising anti-semitism in Europe and decline in religious faith.
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who will be inducted as seventh Chief Rabbi since the role was formalised in 1845, added that however, he believed that the Jewish community in Britain has a ''bright future'':
We have a wonderful Jewish community in the UK and the results of the census are in many respects encouraging. I think we have a fantastic community in terms of its quality, not only in terms of its quantity.
Britain has been good to the Jews and the Jews have been good for Britain.
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is due to be installed as the new chief rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth in London today. Mirvis will become the seventh Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations, succeeding Lord Jonathan Sacks, who held the post since 1991.
The Prince of Wales is due to attend the ceremony held at St John's Wood United Synagogue in north west London.