Ya’acov leaves his home to escape the wrath of his brother Esau and travels to Haran (Mesopotamia – in Iraq of today) to the home of his uncle Lavan….
Yom Hashoah 2014 – The Dell , Hyde Park
I remember being asked by Rabbi Marcus some 10 years ago, whether I would accompany him to the Dell in Hyde Park for a Yom Hashoah memorial “gathering”. This was a very small, dignified gathering of some Holocaust survivors as well as 1 or 2 other influential people – perhaps totalling 15 in number.
It is thus with such pride that I thought of how far this event has progressed. There must have been around 500 people attend the service last Sunday. The sun popped out for the service as if by divine intervention. There are so many people who contributed to this event like Jacque Weisser, Jeffrey Pinnick, Neil Martin, Henry Grunwald and others.
This year we heard from 3 different Holocaust survivors and some of their grandchildren, as well as a Kids Choir, Adult Choir, HE Ambassador Daniel Taub and the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.
The service was a lovely dignified event in which we remembered those who perished and were made acutely aware that terrible atrocities are still taking place in the world and we should never forget. Central Synagogue was well represented with our choir and myself singing, as well as one of our choir members blowing the shofar.