Woolf Institute Dinner at Middle Temple
23 May 2012
On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 200 eminent guests attended the Woolf Institute’s fundraising dinner at Middle Temple. The dinner was held in honour of the Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and celebrated his contribution to fostering better relations between the faiths as well as the work and vision of the Woolf Institute. Speaking at the dinner, Dr Edward Kessler MBE, Founder and Director of the Woolf Institute said:
‘The values of shared citizenship, tolerance and respect between those of all faiths are a long way from being met in our society. The urgency of our work increases. But in figures like the Chief Rabbi we have a moral voice as well as eloquent broadcasts and writings. Most of all, we have hope. It is a privilege to be able to honour and thank him in this way.’
Guests at the dinner, which was hosted by Lord Woolf, included Lord Sacks and Lady Sacks, HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Gregorios, and Dame Vivien Duffield, as well as many Ambassadors, peers of the realm, academics, businesspeople, lawyers, philanthorpists and politicians. Director of the Woolf Institute, Dr Edward Kessler MBE announced that the dinner had raised £750,000.