By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
Last Updated: 4:01pm BST 24/09/2008
It will be the first time the Prince has become a member of a Jewish community organisation in Britain.
The Camden-based museum is currently being enlarged with the help of a £4.2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is scheduled to reopen in autumn 2009.
Accepting the position as patron, the Prince said: "Aside from housing its unique and beautiful collection of Judaica from this country and around the world, the museum serves as a centre of explanation of the Jewish religion, especially for children.
"One of the most urgent issues that needs to be addressed today, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world, is the fostering of understanding between people of different faiths.
"Those who can develop such understanding, I believe, will contribute so much more towards the harmonious progress of our world. The development of the extended museum is a project that I wholeheartedly support."
The Prince has never been afraid of showing his support for other faiths, telling a television interviewer in 1994 that he would like to be known as Defender of Faith when he becomes king, rather than Defender of the Faith.
Rickie Burman, director of the Jewish Museum said she and her colleagues were "privileged" to welcome the Prince as their patron. She added: "We look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to the new Jewish Museum when it reopens in 2009". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/globa ... ce=EMC-exp_24092008