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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Chief Rabbi joins British Jews for Auschwitz visit

Chief Rabbi joins British Jews for Auschwitz visit  

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
A group from UHC Shadwell Lane Synagogue in Leeds was joined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on a solemn visit earlier this week to Auschwitz-Birkenau.In his message to those  setting out  on the ‘Unity is Strength’ trip, the Chief Rabbi wrote, “I consider it an honour to make heart-breaking visits to concentration camps.”He went on to explain how they offer the opportunity to learn about all that transpired there and to pay tribute to the memory of those who perished.The visit was by the Leeds Jewish community and arranged by the UHC Leeds Synagogue.

Having joined the Leeds group in the Kazimierz district of Krakow, the Chief Rabbi together with 86-year-old Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh went on to tour the notorious death camp.

Unity is strength

“Unity is strength”

Among the 235 people who boarding the early Monday morning flight were guests from other faith groups including  Rev Chris Swift Head of Chaplain of the Leeds Teaching Hospital. Before leaving on the trip he said he hoped “the visit will help to emphasise the vital importance of honouring people of all faiths and beliefs.”Albert Chait, UHC senior minister and trip organiser, explained that by bring everyone together for a meal at the end of what had been very long emotional day there was an opportunity to reflect on the experience.As sunset fell over the Birkenau and darkness enveloped the site  a memorial service was held during which the Chief Rabbi said “such a visit is not an end unto itself. Rather an opportunity to feeling encouraged and inspired to deepen our Jewish awareness.”


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