Ajex changes with the times

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE AS­SO­CI­A­TION of Jewish Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women is launch­ing a new cor­po­rate iden­tity to re­flect the changes in its role.

It will now be known as Ajex, the Jewish Mil­i­tary As­so­ci­a­tion (UK) and will pro­vide wel­fare sup­port for serv­ing Jewish per­son­nel and their de­pen­dants, as well as for ser­vice veter­ans and fam­i­lies.

“Ajex has changed to meet the needs of our evolv­ing com­mu­nity since it was formed in 1928,” ex­plained na­tional chair­man Colonel Martin New­man. “It was es­tab­lished by sailors, sol­diers, air­men and women re­turn­ing from the war who ex­pe­ri­enced an­tisemitism and com­mon false­hoods that Jews did not serve the coun­try.

“The num­ber of Sec­ond World War veter­ans and ex-na­tional ser­vice­men is de­creas­ing but we still have a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Jewish per­son­nel serv­ing in di­verse roles. There will be a need for Ajex for years to come in the fields of re­mem­brance, ed­u­ca­tion and wel­fare.”

Op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture is Ma­jor Danny

Yank, a re­servist and for­mer reg­u­lar Royal Ar­tillery Com­mando of­fi­cer, who joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion ear­lier this year as di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions and devel­op­ment.

“We see our fu­ture in those still serv­ing, who will be the veter­ans of to­mor­row, their friends and fam­i­lies — and, of course, the Jewish Mil­i­tary Mu­seum and other par­ties in­ter­ested in Jewish his­tory. I also want to build our vol­un­teer net­work and will be in­volv­ing young peo­ple and com­mu­nity groups.

“Some of the tra­di­tional roles of Ajex, such as se­cu­rity and fight­ing an­tisemitism, have been taken on by the CST and oth­ers who are bet­ter placed to deal with these is­sues. But we still have a role to play in com­bat­ing the lies that Jews have dual loy­al­ties and do not serve our coun­try.” Mem­ber­ship is not con­fined to veter­ans and serv­ing forces per­son­nel.

“We want to at­tract any­one who wants to up­hold our tra­di­tion of ser­vice and en­sure that the Jewish legacy to the armed forces of the Crown, formed over some 350 years, is not for­got­ten.”

We see our fu­ture in those who are still serv­ing’

PHOTO: MIKE POLOWAY

Sup­port­ers line the route of last year’s Ajex pa­rade

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