Belmont Holocaust Memorial Day at Belmont
Belmont Synagogue hosted its annual Holocaust Memorial Day educational event for seven high schools over two days this week. 324 students participated from Harrow High, Hatch End High, Park High, Shaftesbury High, The Sacred Heart Language College, Brentside High and The Crest Academy. The event was sponsored this year by the Association of Jewish Refugees.
Three survivors from the Holocaust in Europe shared personal experiences of surviving the horrors of the concentration and death camps. Sabina Miller (95), Susan Pollack MBE (87) and Harry Spiro (88) held the students spellbound when describing the traumas that destroyed their families and devastated their own lives.
Attending Belmont Holocaust Memorial Day, Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East said:
“The first-hand accounts told by survivors of the Holocaust are exceptional stories of courage in the face of inhumanity. It is vital that the next generation is given the opportunity to learn about what was done to millions of innocent people and to think about the lessons we must learn as a result. I commend Belmont Synagogue for inviting hundreds of pupils from schools across Harrow to come and engage directly with a survivor and I am also pleased to be able to attend in support”.
Sabina Miller’s powerful message to the students was: “I only hate the fact that hate exists in the world. I want you to learn what harm war can cause. To ask why we can’t all live in peace – this is very important to me”.
Thanking Sabina, who was accompanied throughout her talk by her daughter Sandra, a student from The Crest Academy said: “Thank you for your inspirational words and for showing us that, in spite of everything you have gone through, you are still happy and keep smiling”.
Concluding proceedings Judy Levenson, Chairperson of Belmont Holocaust Memorial Day, told the students not to be afraid to speak out when they see discrimination. She said: “It is up to every one of us to stamp out hate crimes and challenge persecution. We have heard today what can happen if people do nothing”.
Belmont Synagogue member and Kindertransport veteran Hermann Hirschberger MBE also attended the event.
At the end of their talk, each of the speakers lit a memorial candle for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust of whom 1.5 million were children. The candle lighting ceremony was to give thanks to the survivors who bore witness to the events of the Holocaust and for the hope of a better world where there can be no more hate.
New Rabbinic Couple
Belmont Synagogue is delighted to announce that the community voted overwhelmingly to invite Rabbi Marc and Lisa Levene to become its new Rabbinic couple. They will take up their post immediately after Purim.
Welcome to Belmont online!
Belmont Synagogue is an orthodox community of six hundred families in north-west London founded in the mid-1960s. We have a wide range of communal activities including daily services, educational programmes and special activities for all age groups.
Until recently, the community is led by Rabbi Elchonon Feldman and his wife Jacqueline, as well as Chairman, David Lerner, and a Board of Management.
One of the best kept secrets in the United Synagogue, we are surrounded by excellent Jewish primary and secondary schools.
Belmont is also surrounded by an eruv, which connects to other local eruvim and makes it easier to celebrate Shabbat with friends and family.
You will find more about Belmont on this website but the best way to get to know us it to visit. We promise you a very warm welcome.
Shabbat 24/25 February
Mincha and Shabbat: 5:17pm
Shabbat ends 6:20pm
Sunday 26 February
Mincha and Maariv 5:25pm
All other services will be at the usual times.
2:00pm to 3:00pm every Tuesday Pilates
All ladies welcome.
7:45pm every Tuesday until Tuesday 14 March Shiur with Rabbi Saul Zneimer
Join this eight-week series of learning on the weekly Torah reading. This will be suitable for ladies and gentlemen at any level of knowledge, so all are welcome.
9:30am-11:00am Tuesday 21 February Ladies Discussion Group
Inspirational Women Through Time - Shira Druion (Journalist and Teacher of Jewish Studies and Drama). All ladies welcome. £5 per session or £24 per term. Programme details: Sue Broza 020 8954 2772
1:45pm Monday 27 February Knitting Circle - Special Event
Talk by Rabbi Eitan Kupietzky of The Gimmel Foundation which supports youth at risk, the elderly and other programmes in disadvantaged communities in southern Israel. The Knitting Circle supports this project. This is not a fund raising meeting. It will be at the home of Jacqueline Segal. Email or call her on 020 8954 3296.
8:00pm Thursday 2 March Bridge Club in the Shul Lounge
The Bridge Club welcomes players of all standards for a Chicago evening. Email Laura Berman for further information or call her on 020 8952 2124.
9:15am Sunday 5 March Anniversay Shiur
Rabbi Roselaar will give a shiur with coffee and croissants as part of our 50th celebrations.
8:00pm Monday 7 March Knitting Circle - Regular meeting
This will be at the home of Jacqueline Segal. Email or call her on 020 8954 3296.
Sunday 19 March Belmont Ramblers
Our next walk will be in West Wycombe near Hughenden Manor. It will be seven miles and more strenuous than some of the previous walks. Look out for details.
Tuesday 11 April Communal Seder
With Rabbi and Lisa Levene, details to be announced but save the date.