JEWS IN THE FORCES

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I was heart­ened to read Mrs Bar­bara Brill’s let­ter ( JC Oc­to­ber 16) re­gard­ing a prayer for our ser­vice per­son­nel.

The Chief Rabbi wrote a spe­cial prayer for the safety of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for Armed Forces Day which fell on a Shab­bat in June. Many syn­a­gogues did read it out on that day but I sus­pect it hasn’t been used since.

The Armed Forces Jewish Com­mu­nity would wel­come and sup­port the prayer be­ing in­tro­duced on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, as it is in the USA.

This prayer is posted on the Chief Rabbi’s web­site but I would be happy to make a copy avail­able on re­quest.

I would add that there is a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Jewish per­son­nel serv­ing in all three ser­vices and in all the­atres of op­er­a­tions. Re­gret­tably, we re­ceive lit­tle sup­port from the wider Jewish com­mu­nity other than a small group of tra­di­tional bene­fac­tors. I am afraid that many of our ap­peals for sup­port fall on deaf ears and of­ten our let­ters re­main unan­swered.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to be­come Friends of Jewish Ser­vice­men and Women. If you would like to find out how you can help, please email afjc@army­mail.mod.uk or tele­phone me on 07717 717981. (Colonel) M New­man Chair­man, Jewish Com­mit­tee for HM Forces mar­tin­new­man499@bt­in­ter­net.com

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