Rabbi Jacobs with Queen Beatrix
The honor is usually given to princes of other royal families in Europe, diplomats, artists, and social activists. It is the first time in the history of the Dutch Jewish community where a rabbi has received this honor.
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, 62, was born in Holland and has served there as a rabbi for over 30 years. The award was given to him for his activities in building bridges in Dutch society, especially for his interfaith and inter-communal work.
As well as his position as rabbi of the Sinai Medical Center in Amtelveen, his activities on behalf of the Jewish community as the Chief Rabbi of the Inter-Provincial Chief Rabbinate and for his activities on behalf of European Jewry as a prominent member of the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE), Brussels-based organization representing over 700 European religious leaders and dedicated to meeting the needs of Jewish communities in Europe.