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Thousands gather to remember victims of the Holocaust at Yom Hashoah UK event in Barnet


Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber speaking at Barnet Copthall Stadium during Sunday’s event

More than 3,000 people, including newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and 200 survivors, attended Yom Hashoah UK’s commemoration at Barnet Copthall Stadium of the six million killed by the Nazis.

Mr Khan, making his first appearance as London mayor said that he felt “privileged” to attend the event.

Rabbi Mirvis told the audience: “There were more than one million children among the dead who never lived to raise families. We are the ones who must come forward and spread the message so the Shoah may never be forgotten.”

Mr Regev said that preserving the memory of those killed was more important than ever. “Jews are still being vilified and targeted just for being Jews, in the Middle East and in the heart of the West.”

Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience: “Our generation of survivors cannot last forever. But the lessons will, because you will remember and keep teaching them.”

Representing the Board of Deputies at Sunday’s event were Senior Vice President Richard Verber, Vice President Marie van der Zyl and Chief Executive Gillian Merron. Community Services Manager Colin Spanjar was part of the Yom HaShoah UK organising committee.

To watch a film of the event, click here. To see more photos, click here.

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush (fifth from left) was part of an EJC delegation which met Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (third from left) in Stockholm last week


Jonathan Arkush congratulates new London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush this week congratulated Sadiq Khan on his election as Mayor of London.

He said: “We congratulate him and very much welcome the fact that his first public engagement will be the Yom HaShoah commemoration and hope that this will set the tone for his mayoralty’s engagement with our community.

“We look forward to working with him in his new role.”



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Board Activity


Treasurer Stuart MacDonald met Israel Bonds CEO and President, Izzy Tapoohi to discuss grounds for possible co-operation.

Grassroots Consultant on Israel Steven Jaffe was invited to address an Israel-related event at Tilehurst Street Baptist Church in Hitchin. More than 100 attended the concert and educational evening.
Steven Jaffe has launched the Shalom Initiative Postcard for Jerusalem campaign. For more information please click here.

A second session of the Jewish People Policy Institute seminar on Jewish identity was held, moderated by Senior Vice President Richard Verber. The findings of the study, which is being conducted in diaspora communities throughout the world, will be collated into a report which will be presented to key policymakers in Israel.



International Relations Officer David Walsh met a diplomat from the US Embassy to discuss co-operation


Vice President Sheila Gewolbvisited Catford and Bromley United Synagogue to meet with its minister, David Rome, Chair Joe Burchell, and Senior Warden Gerald Rose. The visit was at the invitation of Deputy Carole Abrahams to showcase its outreach work, which is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham. Sheila was served lunch at the Catford & Bromley Friendship & Social Club where she met many of the dynamic older members of the community including Doreen Curzon, who worked for the Board of Deputies during the Second World War.

President Jonathan Arkush andVice President Marie van der Zylattended Finchley United Synagogue’s Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut event.


12 MAY 2016
3 IYYAR 5776

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