AJEX tribute to the fallen

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THE small number of surviving AJEX members were joined by community members of all ages at this year’s Remembrance Sunday march and parade.

Among those supporting the veterans were members of the 5th Giffnock Guides, JLGB leaders Daniel Cohen and Elliot Faber, Glasgow Jewish Representative Council co-presidents Evy Yedd and Nicola Livingston and immediate past president Paul Morron and student chaplain Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim.

The Neilston Pipe band led off the march, followed by British Legion veterans and army cadets. The AJEX contingent was led by Glasgow Branch brigade commander Monty Cowen and chairman Tony Faber.

At the Mearns Cross Memorial, veteran Joe Sacharin laid the AJEX wreath, Evy Yedd the Rep Council one and guides laid Magen David poppies.

At the service in Newton Mearns Synagogue, minister Rabbi Eli Wolfson said: “Our veterans who have passed on and those who are with us today have gained immortality through their bravery and heroism.

“We, their descendants, continue their legacy and they live on in our hearts and minds.

“Last week, we commemorated the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. The letter was written during the heart of the First World War. We are indebted and appreciative of the foresight of the British government in helping to establish the State of Israel.

“There were prominent Jewish politicians and members of the community who were against this letter. They were worried that Jews would have divided loyalties with the creation of a Jewish state.

“However, our Jewish traditions —and even our great support and love for Israel — have never stood in the way of our loyalty and patriotism.

“There has always been a Jewish presence in our armed forces. This country is our country and we embrace British culture, values and way of life, which is an integral part of our Jewish culture.

“We salute and honour those who survived to tell the tale and we appreciate the sacrifices they and the fallen made for us and all generations.”

The roll of honour of Glasgow Jewry war dead and Polish and Canadian servicemen buried in Glenduffhill Cemetery was read by Mr Faber and 5th Giffnock Guides Tami Rose and Morgan Livingston.

Kaddish for the fallen was recited by Mr Cowen and the oration given by Tony Faber. Flowers of the Forest was played by piper Gilbert MacKay and the Last Post by bugler Daniel Petrie.

East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher told a reception: “So much of our lives have been shaped since the First World War.

“Last week, I was delighted to go through to the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the Balfour Centenary. The Balfour Declaration was one of the positive things to have come out of that time.”

Mrs Yedd paid tribute to the JLGB juniors and 5th Giffnock members who had attended the service.

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