Over 300 people gather to hear from Holocaust survivor

Bushey United Synagogue recently hosted its annual Yom HaShoah commemoration event. The event had over 300 attendees in the shul, who heard from Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis MBE as she told her story.

Robert Voss CBE CStJ, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, spoke of his family’s experiences in the Holocaust, and there was also an address by Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden CBE MP, who underlined the government’s commitment to fighting antisemitism.

Among attendees was the mayor of Hertsmere, the leader of Hertsmere Council, a number of councillors and other faith leaders.

Michael Bibring, Chair of the Bushey United Synagogue Yom HaShoah committee, said: “Once again Bushey has hosted a meaningful and poignant commemoration of the tragic events of the Holocaust. A packed audience was privileged to hear Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis MBE deliver her testimony, as well as other distinguished speakers in a poignant and powerful evening of reflection.”

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, Senior Rabbi of Bushey, emphasised the importance of Holocaust education in light of the unprecedented rise of antisemitism in the UK. He said: “Our community stands united in ensuring that the lessons of the past translate into action, promoting a future of tolerance where all differences are valued and respected. Last night’s Yom HaShoah event, with its moving survivor testimonies and powerful words from Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis MBE and youth representatives of the Bushey Community, served as a poignant reminder of the need for continued education and remembrance.”

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