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Mitzvah Day – 2 opportunities for SWESRS Members to mark this day!
Sunday November 17, 2019 @ 10:45 am
2 opportunities for SWESRS Members to mark this day!
Annual Remembrance Service for 2nd Lt Harry Jassby
Annual Remembrance Service to fallen WWI Canadian Soldier Second Lieutenant Harry Jassby - Sunday 17th November, at 10:45am, St. Peter's Churchyard on Oaks Lane.
SWESRS will conduct the annual remembrance service for Jewish pilot Harry Jassby who is buried at St. Peter's Church on Oaks Lane - a service made more poignant by the relatively recent discovery that our previous Rabbi, Nancy Morris, and Second Lieutenant Jassby were related.
Second Lieutenant Jassy was a pilot in the RAF who was tragically killed on 6 November 1918, just a few days before the Armistice brought an end to hostilities. Jassby was originally from Montreal, and like many Canadians, he sacrificed a planned pharmacist career in order to join the British armed forces in World War I. He became a pilot in the fledgling Royal Air Force.
Rabbi Morris was also born in Montreal. Her grandfather had emigrated to Canada from London's Jewish East End in about 1918, at around the same time as the end of that terrible war. She was shocked to discover an amazing coincidence - research revealed that her relatives in Montreal include members of the Jassby family, including two surviving nieces of Harry Jassby.
As the sole Jewish airman buried in the St. Peter's graveyard, the SWESRS community tends to the grave and conducts the annual service as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations.
This year marks the 85th Anniversary of the AJEX Annual Remembrance Ceremony. Join the members of Sukkat Shalom in attending the parade on 17th November. We will be walking under the banner of an ex-serviceman who fell but who came from the east of London. Meeting at Horse Guards at 1pm for 2pm set off with Sukkat Shalom members - if you plan on attending ensure you have 2 forms of ID with you otherwise you won't be able to parade but will be able to watch from along Whitehall.