(Paris, June 22, 2009) – Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), offered his congratulations and thanks to Henry Grunwald, former Vice President of the EJC and former President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, on the honor awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as an OBE (Officer of the British Empire).
The Order of the British Empire, which is announced as the Queen’s Honours Birthday List, is awarded by Her Majesty, the Queen of England, “for distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.”
In congratulating Grunwald on the award, Dr. Kantor noted, “On behalf of the European Jewish Congress, we offer congratulations to Henry Grunwald on being named an OBE. Henry’s dedication and tireless service to the Jewish community and interfaith efforts throughout the United Kingdom as former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and member of the executive of the European Jewish Congress is fittingly recognized by Her Majesty. The UK today is a diverse society, and this honor clearly indicates the importance that Her Majesty and the Royal Family place on Henry’s efforts in strengthening the Jewish community, supporting diversity, and contribution to society as a whole. His activity sets a brilliant example for everyone”.
The European Jewish Congress is the umbrella organization for the Jewish communities in Europe.