CCJ statement on the passing of Lord Jacob Rothschild (1936-2024)

Posted Thu, 02/29/2024 - 14:42 by Lazzaro
From left: Lord Michael Howard, Lord Jacob Rothschild, His Majesty King Charles, Bishop Michael Ipgrave (Chair of CCJ at the time), at the 2019 Bridge Award ceremony .


Lord Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, who passed away on Monday 26th February 2024 at the age of 87, was a formidable friend and supporter of the Council of Christians and Jews.

He had a long-standing track-record as both a businessman and a philanthropist in building bridges between business and society, as well as between different peoples and communities through his extensive charitable work in the UK and Israel. In 2010 he founded the Rothschild Foundation in the UK, which has a long history of work in arts, heritage, education, and social welfare. He also worked to build bridges within Israel, through his extensive philanthropic and other work.

The Rothschild family were involved at the start of CCJ itself, founded in 1942 at the height of the unfolding tragedy of the Holocaust. Anthony de Rothschild was on our executive committee at our inception, and later Edmund de Rothschild was an Honorary Treasurer and a Vice-President.

In 2019 he was awarded the CCJ’s Bridge Award for (inscription on the plaque reads) “outstanding efforts to build bridges and understanding between communities”. The prize was presented to him by HRH the Prince of Wales (now King Charles III) in a ceremony attended by CCJ’s Trustees and supporters in central London.

On receiving the Award, Lord Rothschild said:

“I am deeply honoured to receive this year’s Bridge Award. It gives me the opportunity to pay tribute to the Council of Christians and Jews for their exceptional work in building bridges across faiths. My family have been privileged to enjoy a long association with the CCJ and I look forward to that association continuing in the years to come. At this time more than ever, the willingness of faith communities to come together for the common good is playing a critical role in healing divisions and building a society in which all can live together with mutual respect.”

Lord Michael Howard of Lympne, Trustee of CCJ at the time, who spoke at the reception, said:

“We cannot think of a more worthy recipient of our Bridge Award this year. Throughout his life, Lord Rothschild has built bridges in so many ways: between business and society, within Israeli society and between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. He has been a generous philanthropist, particularly in the arts and education. It is right that we should honour all that he has done and a tribute to him that His Royal Highness joined us for the occasion.”


Saddened by his death, the Chair, Trustees, Vice-Presidents, and Co-Directors of CCJ wish to extend to his children, Hannah, Beth, Matilda and Nathaniel and to the whole Rothschild family our deepest condolences.




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