Ajex

Ajex fears for parade

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2010

The chair of Manchester Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women has warned that this year's local Ajex parade could be the last.

Malcolm Solomons fears that the heroism of Jews in the wartime forces may not be relayed to the young generation as veterans die or become too frail to participate in marches or educational activities.

He wants community members to wear the medals of their parents and grandparents at the commemoration at north Manchester's Heathlands Care Village on Sunday week.

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Ex-servicemen's leader sees a future in education

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2010

The new national chairman of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women says its educational programme can shape its future.

Arnold Phelops, a former dental surgeon who served in the Royal Army Dental Corps in the 1950s, was elected at the Ajex AGM.

An Ajex member for 12 years, he has chaired its Hendon and Golders Green branch and leads its national education committee.

"We go out to various organisations and schools and they come to our museum and we tell them our stories and experiences," he said.

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Ninety-year-old Ida Schuster became the first woman to lay a wreath on behalf of Glasgow Ajex

November 13, 2008

Ninety-year-old Ida Schuster became the first woman to lay a wreath on behalf of Glasgow Ajex at its annual Remembrance parade on Sunday. Mrs Schuster, a former WAF, said: "My late husband, Dr Alan Berkeley, was a prisoner of war in Japan and I was delighted to be asked to lay the wreath." The parade of about 80 people was led by the Glasgow Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade band. It marched from the cenotaph at Mearns Cross to Newton Mearns Synagogue where Rabbi Raphael Bokov of Queens Park and Clarkston Synagogue, led the service.

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Ajex and Jewish Care join forces with Royal British Legion for Remembrance Day

November 13, 2008

Ajex and Jewish Care joined forces with the Royal British Legion for a Remembrance Day commemoration at the war memorial in Edgware. Around 80 care home residents took part in a service conducted by Edgware Reform Synagogue's Rabbi Neil Kraft and the Rev Michael Clark of St Margaret's Church. Clore Manor resident Joseph Mossack was among those who laid wreaths and a lunch was arranged for the Jewish Care party at the nearby Yeshurun Synagogue.

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Lord Mayor of Liverpool opens Ajex northern annual conference

July 11, 2008

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Steve Rotheram opened the Ajex northern annual conference. He told the 40 delegates at Harold House community centre: "Organisations like Ajex are the backbone of communities." Mervin Kingston, who has been chair of the local branch for the past 20 years, presented Peter Wagerman, the national chairman of Ajex, with a cheque for £750 for the organisation.

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Welcome additions to Jewish Military Museum

July 4, 2008
Ajex’s Jewish Military Museum has welcomed two major additions. Leah Segal has donated her late husband Ben’s Military Cross medal group, awarded for service with the elite Long Range Desert Group in North Africa, where he spent months behind enemy lines. Eileen Wiseman, widow of John Wiseman, presented his MC and Croix de Guerre medals. He served with the SAS in North Africa, Italy and France.

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Newcastle and North branch of Ajex attracts 100+ to tea dance

July 4, 2008

The Newcastle and North branch of Ajex attracted more than 100 people to a tea dance. The theme of the sell-out afternoon was “We’ll Meet again”. The event, described by Ajex branch president Geoffrey Rossman as a success, was held at Newcastle Reform Synagogue, and raised £1,000 for ex-services charities.

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Sybil Wayne attends Sinclair House ceremony

May 30, 2008

Sybil Wayne, 93, a member of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, was invited to attend a ceremony at Sinclair House, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. At the event, Jewish Care joined forces with Ajex to pay tribute to civilians who served as fire fighters with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. As the journey was too much for her, Mrs Wayne received her certificate by post.

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Ajex's North-East to take part in Israel's 60th anniversary events

May 9, 2008

Members of the Newcastle and North-East Branch of Ajex are to take part in Israel’s 60th anniversary events. The branch standard is to be paraded in  Israel and two plaques will be presented: one to the Parachute Brigade, of which Newcastle and North East Branch member David Bell is being made an honorary member, and the other to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

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Ajex looks to future

By Jodie Mablin, April 25, 2008

New Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women chairman Peter Wagerman insists that the organisation has a bright future, despite a dwindling pool of old soldiers from the Second World War.

Although disappointed that just 40 members attended the recent annual meeting at Hillel House, Euston, Dr Wagerman maintained that “Ajex has suddenly become a very busy place. The impetus is education and since the school curriculum teaches about World War Two, we can relate to the next generation.”

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