Palin sup­ports Ox­ford cen­tre

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY SI­MON ROCKER

A PRINCESS, a Duke and a Python were among the guests at the third an­nual pa­trons’ din­ner of the Ox­ford Cen­tre for He­brew and Jewish Stud­ies.

Din­ers at the Drap­ers’ Hall in Lon­don in­cluded guest of hon­our the Duke of Kent and Princess Badiya el Has­san, daugh­ter of Prince Has­san of Jor­dan, who is a gov­er­nor of the cen­tre.

The guest speaker was Monty Python star and glo­be­trot­ting BBC pre­sen­ter Michael Palin, who saluted the cen­tre’s founder, the late David Pat­ter­son.

“It is not given to many of us to have the fore­sight and de­ter­mi­na­tion to found an Ox­ford in­sti­tu­tion,” he said. “The cen­tre and its suc­cess is wel­come ev­i­dence that Ox­ford has a fu­ture at the very top of the game.”

PHOTO: JON BRICHTO

Michael Palin chats to Dan Pat­ter­son, son of the cen­tre’s founder

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