Ajex looks to fu­ture

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JODIE MABLIN

NEW AS­SO­CI­A­TION of Jewish ExSer­vice­men 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.”

He pointed out that the Jewish Mil­i­tary Mu­seum in Hen­don, with its dis­plays of medals, uni­forms, pho­tos and let­ters, was pop­u­lar with school par­ties. How­ever, more cen­trally-lo­cated premises would in­crease vis­i­tor num­bers.

As for re­cruit­ment, Dr Wa­ger­man said that Ajex would con­tinue to look to the armed forces, but would also wel­come rel­a­tives of for­mer ser­vice­men. “There is a pool of peo­ple we would like to get hold of,” he said. “But we are not wor­ried. We re­main a valid and healthy or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

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