First World War

Digital archive will showcase forgotten heroes

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

The importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is the mantra of survivors, politicians and educationists. But the contribution of London Jewry to the First World War is often overlooked.


Family's joy as stolen medals to be returned

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

The family of a First World War hero is set to be reunited with his Military Cross and four other medals stolen in a burglary 20 years ago.


Remembering wartime nurse on women's day

March 10, 2016

To mark International Women's Day, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in east London in memory of a nurse who died on wartime service 100 years ago.

The memorial for Edith Munro, who died aged 23, was led by HM Armed Forces chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone and attended by dignitaries and family members.


Lottery pays out £408k for archive of war effort

January 18, 2016

A project to create a digital archive and interactive website detailing London Jewry's First World War contribution has received a £408,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Stars of David on the headstones, shrapnel on the ground - how a generation came face to face with WWI

By Charlotte Oliver, November 8, 2015

The wind is unrelenting as we march into the Bailleul Road East Cemetery in northern France.

We pass rows upon rows of headstones emblazoned with the names of soldiers who once stood side by side, but now rest grave to grave.


WWI serviceman's belated memorial

September 10, 2015

To mark the erection of a headstone for a Jewish serviceman who saw action in Europe 100 years ago, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in East Ham.

Private Solomon Bird served with the 29th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in the First World War.


Lottery backs cultural centre's plan to record WWI contribution

July 9, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre launched a £450,000 project to mark the contribution of London Jews during the First World War with a pilot information gathering event in Redbridge.


Israel rethink on Armenia genocide?

May 14, 2015

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein has called on the Israeli government to formally recognise the Armenian genocide.

"It is no secret that Israel has taken an ambivalent position about the genocide," Mr Edelstein said, calling Israel's reaction "too hesitant and too restrained… Israel must re-evaluate the criteria for its position, since none of us can change the history".


Hunt for grave finally ends after 20 years

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

A Jewish Care volunteer has found the unmarked grave of her aunt, killed in a First World War Zeppelin attack, after a 20-year-long search.

Janet Foster, a retired civil servant, plans to place a plaque at the burial site on June 3, the 100th anniversary of Leah Lehrman's death.

Ms Lehrman was 16 when she died in June 1915, on her way to work as a tailor in central London.


These dedicated knitters are top of the poppies

November 27, 2014

Southend and Westcliff Community Centre members Annie Lewis, 94, and Phyllis Jacobs, 84, have knitted over 800 poppies to mark Armistice Day, raising over £2,000 for the British Legion and local Jewish Care services.

To mark their contribution, a cele-bratory tea was held at which they were praised for their efforts.

Both women reside in independent living apartments in Jewish Care's Shebso