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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)


Yom HaShoah
1 May 2008


cast of "67 Lost Years"

The theme of this year’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial) event in Glasgow, organised by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, was "67 lost years". The centrepiece of the evening was the debut performance of the play "67 Lost Years: Moniek’s Play", dramatised by David Ian Neville, which told how cousins Moniek Garber and Moniek (Moshe) Porat, from the town of Volozhyn, both served time in the Gulags, and then became separated during the Second World War. After the war they each believed that none of their relatives had survived, and it was only 67 years later that they were reunited after Moniek Garber, now living in East Kilbride, discovered that his cousin Moshe was alive and living in Israel.

Gemma Cowan and Rebecca Shenkin, compères for the evening, introduced Genna Barnett, David Goodman, and Rhea Wolfson who spoke about last year’s UJIA trip to Poland, and fellow trip participants lit memorial candles, to a musical accompaniment from violinist Lev Atlas. Philip Mendelsohn, President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, gave the welcome, Reverend Ernest Levy recited the Memorial Prayer and Kaddish and the Glasgow Jewish Singers, conducted by Eddie Binnie, performed songs.


Edinburgh's Yom HaShoah service took place in the Peace Garden in Princes Street Gardens. The Vice Chairman of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation Board, Raymond Taylor, welcomed the Lord Provost, the Rt Hon George Grubb, Councillors Ian White, Alison Johnson and Eric Milligan and the 60 or more members of the Edinburgh Jewish Community.

In his reply, The Lord Provost expressed his pleasure at being present and spoke with sincerity and compassion about the Holocaust. A memorial candle was lit by Katie Neville, beside the Holocaust Memorial Stone, followed by a minute's silence in memory of all the victims of the Holocaust. Rabbi Rose and Mr David Goldberg conducted the service, which ended with the Mourners' Kaddish.


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