Northwood remembers the Holocaust

By Jay Grenby, January 28, 2010

A memorial to Shoah victims has been installed in the entrance to Northwood Synagogue. The memorial is a wall of Jerusalem stone with a plaque in Welsh slate bearing a quotation from the Book of Job in Hebrew and English. Designed by architect Robert Budwig, it was donated by the congregation’s immediate past chair David Freedman in memory of his wife Estelle.

Over 150 members and friends attended the dedication ceremony, conducted by Rabbi Moshe Freedman, during which young people from the community read poems and stories inspired by visits to concentration camps. They joined a survivor to light six memorial candles.

Synagogue chair Alan Taylor said: “Although we in Northwood run the largest-attended event in the country during Holocaust memorial week, our Holocaust education programme leader Sharman Berwald pointed out that we had no memorial within our shul.”

Last updated: 3:19pm, January 28 2010