First World War

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


A day of memories for young and old

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

From London to the Tyne, Cardiff to France, dozens of branches and hundreds of Jewish ex-servicemen and women marched past the Cenotaph on Sunday at the 80th annual Ajex remembrance parade.

More than 1,200 veterans attended, an increase on last year's figure of 900.


How letters of love kept soldier alive

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

A First World War officer's heartbreaking letters to his wife written while in prisoner of war camps are being released 100 years after he signed up.

Lieutenant Otto Feldman, a Czech officer, left behind two daughters and a pregnant wife to join the Austro-Hungarian army in November 1914. He wouldn't meet his son for six years.


Gaza adds poignancy to candlelit memorial

By Daniel Easterman, August 7, 2014

Jewish leaders and former soldiers gathered for a candlelit service on Monday to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The event, jointly organised by the Board of Deputies2014-08-07 17:39:18 +0100, was part of the national "Lights Out" campaign, which called on people to switch off their lights in unison to mark the moment Britain entered the Great War in 1914.


Community marks First World War centenary

By Daniel Easterman, August 5, 2014

Jewish leaders from across the community gathered together for a candlelit service to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.