Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, embarked on a historic journey to Cyprus, fortifying the bonds with its Jewish community. The pivotal reception ceremony took place at the Jewish Museum in Larnaca, a symbol of unity and mutual respect among communities.On February 13, 2024, Chief Rabbi Mirvis arrived in Cyprus for the first time, warmly welcomed by the Chief Rabbi of Cyprus, Ari Zev Raskin, and Israeli Ambassador Oren Anolik. This visit marked an important milestone in strengthening ties between the Jewish community in Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

Though Cyprus is home to a small Jewish population today, the island has played a significant role in Jewish history. During the 1930s, as Nazis rose to power in Germany, Cyprus provided refuge to many Jews. Between 1945 and 1949, around 11,000 Jews were interned on the island after being caught attempting to enter Palestine illegally.

The reception ceremony held at the Jewish Museum in Larnaca was a testament to the unity and mutual respect between communities. Mirvis’ visit highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue and cooperation, aiming to enhance the relationship between Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

“It is a great honor to be here in Cyprus, a place that has such deep historical significance for the Jewish people,” said Chief Rabbi Mirvis during his address at the ceremony. “Today, we reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the ties between our communities and promoting understanding and cooperation.”

Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ visit to Cyprus signifies a new chapter in the relationship between the two countries, with a focus on enhancing interfaith dialogue and cooperation. By promoting understanding and unity, this visit aims to foster a stronger bond between the Jewish communities in Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

As the United Kingdom continues to navigate its role in the world, this visit underscores the importance of engaging with diverse communities and promoting mutual respect and understanding. By working together, Cyprus and the United Kingdom can build a brighter future for all, grounded in shared values and a commitment to interfaith dialogue.

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