The Board of Deputies has announced the creation of a special book of condolence for members of the UK Jewish community to convey their sympathies at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, described how “many British Jews have expressed their sadness at the passing of HRH, Prince Philip.
“The Board of Deputies has created an online condolence book to allow members of our community to send their commiserations to Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family. I would encourage those in our community who would like to convey messages of solace at this sad time to do so via this medium.”
As well as the official Buckingham Palace book of condolence, the Church of England and many local councils are among those who have created their own online books of condolence, allowing members or residents to express their thoughts on this sad occasion. Messages in these books are subsequently sent to Buckingham Palace.
The Jewish Book of Condolence can be accessed here and will remain open until 18:00 on Friday April 16th. Prince Philip’s funeral is due to take place the following day. The messages will be included in a document which the Board of Deputies will subsequently publish. Those who specifically give their permission when filling in the online book will have their names included along with their message.