On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011
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Michael Karmel at Edgware Cenotaph

Michael Karmel at Edgware Cenotaph

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course. Wreaths were laid by local group representatives including RUS member Philip Grahame who laid a wreath on behalf of the Association of Jewish ex-servicemen and women.

Jewish Care residents gathered at a service at Edgware Cenotaph on Sunday, joining forces with the Royal British Legion and Ajex. Michael Karmel, a resident of Ella and Ridley Jacobs House and a WWII veteran, said: "Remembrance Day is an opportunity to remember the lives that were lost in the name of democracy making the world a safer place."

Brighton and Hove Ajex held a memorial service at Holland Road Synagogue, conducted by Rabbi Vivian Silverman. Around 100 people attended.

The standard of Bournemouth Ajex was in pride of place at the Hebrew Congregation at the Ajex Shabbat. Rabbi Adrian Jesner praised the courage of those who served to enable future generations to live in freedom. Ajex members took part in Sunday's parade through the town to the war memorial in Bournemouth Gardens. Rabbi Jesner and Rabbi Neil Amswych of Bournemouth Reform were among the ministers conducting the service.

Armistice Day celebrations took place at Newton Mearns Syngogue in Glasgow on Sunday. Jewish veterans joined a parade from Fairweather Hall to the Cenotaph accompanied by JLGB members. Rev Aharon Soudry said: "It was very moving to see the young people and not so young people together." A service was also held at Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation.

It was very moving to see the people together

Manchester's city centre ceremony was attended by the Representative Council's Lucille Cohen and Louis Rapaport and Prestwich Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Dovid Eisenberg. Ex-servicemen marched in the parade while JLGB's 12-year-old Francesca Goga laid a wreath. Services, including in Hale, Whitefield and Bury were also conducted. Yeshurun Synagogue, Gatley, hosted a civic service to mark the day and to honour Ajex.

Outside Liverpool's St George's Hall, veteran Gerry Lipson laid the Ajex wreath, with Gordon Globe and Rev Stanley Cohen representing lay and faith leadership. Remembrance Shabbat services were held at Allerton and Liverpool Reform synagogues.

Around 250 people attended Sunday's Ajex service, held in conjunction with Leeds Representative Council at Beth Hamidrash Hagadol. The service, held in the shul's Ajex garden of remembrance, was conducted by Ajex chaplain Rev Anthony Gilbert. At a reception plaques were presented to Zone members Jake Packter and Dion Taylor for their voluntary work and Ajex's Vernon Caplin was honoured for his long service.

A remembrance service was held at Penylan House care home, Cardiff. Maurice Simove was the Ajex flag bearer at Sunday's civic service at Cathays Park.

In Southend a service was held at the town's Cenotaph. The gathering included Rabbi Binyomin Bar from Southend Hebrew Congregation and Rabbi Warren Elf from Southend Reform and local Ajex members.

Chatham Memorial Synagogue member Gabriel Lancaster was invited to conduct Medway Council's Remembrance Day service.

Ajex north east held its remembrance service at Newcastle's United Hebrew Congregation on Shabbat conducted by Rabbi Aaron Lipsey. Ajex north east chair Jeffrey Fox read a prayer to fallen comrades and Rabbi Lipsey paid tribute to Ajex. At a Remembrance parade Rabbi Lipsey took part in a service and veteran Sydney Hymes laid the Ajex wreath at the war monument in Eldon Square. In the march past, the new standard bearer was the JLGB's Judith Levene.

    Last updated: 2:35pm, November 17 2011