Office of the Chief Rabbi

Leeds-Cambridge Jewish Initiative remembers fallen soldiers

Event

The warm relationship between the Leeds and Cambridge Jewish communities was strengthened further by a special memorial service to recognise the contribution of American Jewish serviceman during World War II. Members of the Cambridge & District Jewish Community and the UHC Leeds congregation were among the organising parties of the event, which was spearheaded by the Cambridge Jewish Residents Association. All the stops were pulled out despite poor weather, with an interfaith crowd of over 200 people gathering to attend the service and watch a procession led by AJEX members. Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh MBE, spoke at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Evaluation from Jonathan Allin, Chair of CDJC:

‘This was a unique event that brought together many communities. Despite the rain the event went well. It gave those who attended an opportunity to reflect on the American Jewish airmen who gave their own lives in order to protect the lives of those who came after. An event of this magnitude has strengthened many communities in both Leeds and Cambridge.’

Participant Feedback:

  • ‘It was an excellent occasion with many people taking part in the official proceedings. From young primary school children to top dignitaries, everyone took part in honouring the US Jewish servicemen who came to defend our country’
  • ‘It was a very moving and unique event that allowed me to establish a connection with the Jewish servicemen who gave their lives during the War’
  • ‘From this event I have gained a knowledge of where the American Jewish servicemen lie and a feeling of satisfaction at having expressed my thanks’
  • ‘Despite the rainy weather, it was a moving ceremony and an exciting process’