Ajex chief: 'We will soldier on'

By John Fisher, July 15, 2013

Concern over diminishing membership at the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women was voiced at the Ajex regional conference, held in Leeds on Sunday.

National chairman Jeffrey Fox reported that in the past week, head office had been notified that three branches would either be disbanding or merging with other groups.


Heroic Jewish spy honoured in Torquay

By Zoe Winograd, May 30, 2013

A Jewish agent who spied for Britain during the Second World War is to be honoured with a blue plaque at her childhood home in Torquay.

Muriel Tamara Byck, a fluent French speaker, was recruited into the Special Operations Executive in July 1943 and completed several missions in France. She died in 1944 after contracting meningitis.


They did their bit - the story of three centuries of heroism

By Simon Round, November 15, 2012

Sadly, there are not many Jews who fought in the Second World War who are still able to march. But those who can will be polishing their medals to parade down Whitehall on Sunday, in honour of their comrades who fell in the 1939-45 conflict and those before and since.


Lord Sterling is new Ajex president

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

The man praised for his close involvement in June’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant, Lord Sterling, has succeeded Lord Janner as president of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women. Jeffrey Fox, national chairman, said Ajex was proud to have Lord Sterling on board.


Jewish WW1 soldiers reburied

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined in France this week by 12 veterans from the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, as the Prince dedicated the first new Commonwealth War Graves cemetery for 50 years.

Two thousand people gathered at Fromelles, near Lille, for the reburial of 250 British and Australian soldiers on the 94th anniversary of the battle in which they were killed.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Lord Mayor of Liverpool opens Ajex northern annual conference

July 10, 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.