Holocaust Memorial Day

The annual Holocaust Memorial Day service hosted by the Harlow Jewish Community was attended by people of many faiths, including a number of Muslims, one of whom recited the Muslim prayer for peace. Razed Roof, an inclusive theatre company based in Harlow, gave two moving performances to keep alive the memory of two Holocaust survivors and Austrian-born survivor Rose Gotley, who belongs to the Harlow Jewish Community, read a section from her memoirs about the Nazi invasion of her home town when she was a little girl.

 Rabbi Irit Shillor said: “The service is an opportunity for us to remember the survivors and to bring faiths together in our town so that we can pledge to work for a better future for us all.” 

Matzah Ramble 2014

This year’s traditional Matzo ramble took place in Lee Valley Park.  After the first challenge of realising that there were two places half a mile apart that each sounded like the meeting point, Fishers Green, the group united for a ramble.  The second challenge was the weather – it was really touch and go as to whether we would go ahead with the walk, much less picnic; the forecast was atrocious!  But by some miracle there were only a few drops, and so we took in the lakes, rivers and wildlife of the park, with our varied group of adults and children (some on bicycles leading the way) and dogs.  The ramble was followed as usual by a very sociable matzo picnic.  Despite the weather, it was a very enjoyable day out for everyone and we were already talking about where to go next year!

Interfaith Service

  Message of peace

Harlow faith leaders from the Muslim, Bahai, Christian and Buddhist   communities attended an interfaith service at Harlow Jewish Community led by Rabbi Irit Shillor. The theme of the service was peace and the various community leaders each recited their own faith's prayer for peace

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