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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Military DVD film

By Rachel Fletcher, April 25, 2008

A DVD highlighting the Jewish contribution to the armed forces over 250 years has been produced by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

The 30-minute film, sponsored by the Pears Foundation, goes from the battles against the French in 1759 to the British Jews who fought in World War Two. It includes rarely seen archive footage and the testimonies of ex-servicemen and women. Five Jews received the Victoria Cross for heroism in the First World War, and three in World War Two.


Nightingale House given refurbishment money

April 25, 2008

Ajex leaders visited Nightingale House to present a cheque for nearly £10,000 which will be used to refurbish 250 chairs at the home. The Ajex representatives were new national chairman Peter Wagerman, his predecessors Harold Newman and Alan Levine. Also present at the celebratory tea were residents Kenneth Berg and Leslie Solomon, both ex-servicemen and Ajex members.