Chief Rabbi inducted at synagogue

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is set to be inducted as the seventh Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is set to be inducted as the seventh Chief Rabbi

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The UK's next Chief Rabbi is to take up his post in a ceremony attended by more than 1,000 guests - including the Prince of Wales.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will be inducted as seventh Chief Rabbi since the role was formalised in 1845 in a service at St John's Wood Synagogue in north London.

South African-born Rabbi Mirvis, 56, takes up the post, widely viewed as a figurehead for Britain's Jewish community, 22 years to the day since the former chief rabbi Lord Sacks was installed.

Clarence House has confirmed Charles will be among those attending the ceremony.

Rabbi Mirvis was senior rabbi at Finchley United Synagogue in north London, which has around 1,800 members and was previously Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1984 to 1992.

In interviews given after he was confirmed in December, Rabbi Mirvis expressed concern over rising anti-semitism in Europe and a decline in religious faith.

But he said he was heartened by census findings for England and Wales showing three out of four people say they have a religious faith.

He added that he believed that the Jewish community in Britain has a "bright future", with the results of the England and Wales census showing a rise of 3,000 in those identifying themselves as Jewish over the last decade to a total of more than 263,000 in 2011.

"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," he said.

"The Jewish community has a very bright future in this country," he said. "Britain has been good to the Jews and the Jews have been good for Britain. I feel very privileged indeed to be appointed to be the next Chief Rabbi."

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