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Jewish Ex-Servicemen and women attend Memorial Service in Jerusalem

08 February 2013

On an unseasonably warm morning on 7 February 2013, 14 British veterans arrived at Mount Scopus Cemetery, Jerusalem. 

The visitors were all members of the London-based 'Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and women' (AJEX) and had come to Israel to participate in the biennial Memorial Service in memory of fallen comrades.

The ceremony was carried out in the presence of the British Defence Attaché, Colonel Philip Stack MBE. Also present were Paul Price, the CWGC Regional Supervisor, and Geoffrey Freeman, the CWGC's International Internal Auditor who is based in Israel, as well as local staff.

The veterans recited appropriate prayers and quotes from the Bible including a memorial prayer which asks 'the Divine Presence to grant perfect rest to all who bravely laid down their lives in the service of the Crown'. This was followed by the  'Kaddish', part of the mourning ritual which is one of the most important and central elements in the Jewish liturgy.

Following the Laying of the Wreath and One Minute Silence, the service ended with a rousing rendition of the British National Anthem.

At the conclusion, the veterans laid poppy markers at the graves of fallen Jewish soldiers.