Shin­ing a light on legacy

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY CATHY FOR­MAN

SIR AN­DREW Burns, the Gov­ern­ment’s first en­voy for post-holo­caust is­sues, ad­dressed the 600-strong gath­er­ing at the Yom Hashoah com­mem­o­ra­tion at the na­tional me­mo­rial to the Holo­caust at The Dell in Hyde Park.

The for­mer UK am­bas­sador to Is­rael spoke about the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue its work in Shoah ed­u­ca­tion across gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

Neil Martin, chair­man of The Forum for Yom Hashoah, said Sun­day’s cer­e­mony “was the cul­mi­na­tion of a record num­ber of 58 events from across ev­ery sec­tion of the com­mu­nity to mark the day and en­sure that the legacy of re­mem­brance is car­ried for­ward for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions”.

The ser­vice, which fea­tured mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes, read­ings and pre­sen­ta­tions from youth groups, was also ad­dressed by Board of Deputies pres­i­dent, Vi­vian Wine­man, who spoke about a com­mit­ment to make Yom Hashoah a day of “re­mem­ber­ing to be passed from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion”. The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks ,and Is­raeli Am­bas­sador, Daniel Taub, were also at the ser­vice.

The forum’s Twit­ter cam­paign at­tracted sup­port from TV pre­sen­ter Clau­dia Win­kle­man and Louise Men­sch MP.

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

Michael Liv­ingston, sur­vivor Dani Jef­frey, and Alan Fin­lay light can­dles at the Yom Hashoah ser­vice at the Holo­caust me­mo­rial in Hyde Park

PHOTO: LAWRENCE PUR­CELL

Broughton Jewish Cas­sel Fox pri­mary pupils and Jewish stud­ies teacher Rabbi Re­foel Ja­cobs light can­dles at the school’s Yom Hashoah assem­bly

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