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The AJR marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht by organising and helping to arrange a series of events across the country.
On Thursday 7 November at the Belsize Square Synagogue, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg led a service of remembrance. The guest speaker was Carl Davis, the conductor and composer, who has recently written a piece entitled The Last Train to Tomorrow, based on the Kindertransport. Together with singers from the Akiva school choir Carl performed one of the songs from the music, Sun Rising on a New Tomorrow.
AJR member Ernst Fraenkel reflected on his experiences on Kristallnacht and Elkan Pressman led guests in the memorial prayers. To see pictures from the event click here.
For friends and members in the Manchester area, the service of remembrance took place on Wednesday 6 November in The Libeskind Room at The Imperial War Museum North. The guest Speaker was David Cesarani, Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway College, University of London and a leading historian on the Holocaust, who spoke about new areas of research on the November 1938 pogrom.
AJR member Henry Wuga MBE was the guest speaker at the commemorative event at Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow on Sunday 10 November at when guests also heard from Eddie Binnie, The Glasgow Jewish Singers and from Harvey Kaplan of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre. To see some pictures click here.
Separately, we also worked with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue to help arrange their commemorative service which took place on Saturday 9 November.
We were also pleased to pass on information about the interfaith Service that was held at Westminster Abbey at which three AJR members – John Izbicki, Victor Greenberg and Lilian Levy – were the guest speakers. Choirs from Belsize Square Synagogue and West London Synagogue sang from the Hebrew liturgy and Rabbi Dame Julia Neuburger gave the sermon.