We are participating in three events to commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day, which marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year is the 75th Anniversary of that momentous event.
There are two events in Peterborough, both on Monday 27 January 2020.
The first is the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration service at 12 noon in St John’s Church, Cathedral Square, Peterborough. Attendees are asked to be seated approximately 10 minutes before the start.
This is a Civic event and is preceded by a procession from the Town Hall, led by the Mayor of Peterborough and representatives of all religious groups, which will set off at 11.50am. The procession will pause at the Guildhall to see a performance by students from St John Fisher Catholic High School, and then proceed to the Church.
This year’s theme for the event is ‘Stand Together’, and will include prayers, readings and performances by faith representatives and students from several local schools.
As ever, PLJC is participating in this event, and this year, we are really fortunate that Rabbi Danny Rich, CEO and Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism, has agreed to join us and contribute to the event.
The second event, also in St John’s Church on Monday 27 January 2020, at 7.30pm, is the Holocaust Memorial Day Concert, featuring the Kol Echad Choir from Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue in Cambridge, and the children’s choir from All Souls Church.
The third event is the Stamford Holocaust Memorial Day event, which will be held in St Michael’s Churchyard (corner of High Street and Maiden Lane), at 11am on Friday 31 January 2020.
Chrissie Hassell, the Chair of PLJC, will be among those laying a small spray of daffodils, the six petalled yellow flowers symbolising the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis. There will be the playing of ‘The Last Post’, a 2 minutes silence, followed by Reveille. There will be a Christian prayer as well as Kaddish. The outdoor proceedings will conclude with a shofar blast of ‘Tekiah Gedolah’. Tea will then be available at the Town Hall, where it is hoped there will be a display of work by students from the local schools.
It would be good if as many of our members and friends as possible could attend these events.