Jewish Community To Mark Yom HaShoah And VE Day In Their Thousands This Sunday

Following last year’s largest ever Holocaust remembrance event in the UK, thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s Yom HaShoah National Commemorative Event.

At Barnet Copthall Stadium, this Sunday 8th May,the Jewish community will come together to mark Yom HaShoah (the Jewish National Holocaust Remembrance Day), and 71 years since Victory in Europe.

Yom HaShoah is the Jewish community’s time to reflect together, remember, and educate about the 6 million men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis. This year, we will also pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of British soldiers who lost their lives fighting to defeat Nazism.

Speakers at the event will include Holocaust Survivor Ben Helfgott MBE, The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the new Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and Rob Rinder, TV’s Judge Rinder, who is the grandson of a Holocaust Survivor and will lead the tribute to Survivors, Refugees and Veterans.

In a show of unison across the community, an unprecedented 120 Jewish organisations have uniquely joined the 'Remember Together ‎- We Are One' campaign which was launched by Yom HaShoah UK to mark the annual commemorations of the Holocaust. See more at www.yomhashoah.org.uk.

Yom HaShoah UK Chairman Neil Martin said:

Last year, we hosted the largest Holocaust commemoration ever held in the UK. In many ways, this year’s 71st Anniversary is even more important than the 70th, because we, as a community, will honour the pledge made last year to Survivors and Refugees.

Ben Helfgott MBE said: 

I was moved to tears as I watched the children’s choir sing ‘Never Again’ and heard the leaders of our youth movements commit to marking Yom HaShoah each year. We are passing the baton of remembrance on to the UK Jewish community with a lot of confidence.

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said:

Coming together once a year is simple enough, but standing together in force of numbers is the most powerful statement we can make.

The Chief Rabbi said:

If you are able, take a few hours out of your weekend to attend this year’s community commemoration at Barnet Copthall Stadium … it is essential that together, we rise to the challenge of the 71st year.

Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s said:

With a phenomenon as virulent as antisemitism, we can never become complacent. Commemorations like these remind us where humanity's oldest and most enduring hatred can lead.

 Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

The terrible crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust must never be forgotten - Yom HaShoah gives us time to pause and reflect on that dark chapter in Europe’s history. Hatred has no place in our society, and must be crushed decisively as soon as it appears to ensure it cannot grow.

Over 150 Holocaust Survivors will join children in a combined choir from 5 Jewish Primary Schools; singers from 5 Male Voice Choirs; readers from 14 youth groups and World Ambassadors, Lords, MPs,Rabbis, Dignitaries, Communal leaders, professionals and volunteers from across the UK and abroad.

It's not too late to be there on Sunday - book your FREE tickets online now at www.yomhashoah.org.uk/national event