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JLGB Remembers:

A Legacy of Honour and Education

At the JLGB (Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade), Remembrance is more than an annual event; it's a core value that lies at the heart of our organization. We remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, reflecting on the profound contributions of the 535 members and leaders of the Jewish Lads’ Brigade listed on our JLGB Roll of Honour. These heroes represent nearly a third of all British Jews who lost their lives in World War I, with the British Jewry Book of Honour highlighting the bravery and sacrifices of our members.

Our longstanding relationship with AJEX and the National Jewish Remembrance Parade is a testament to our commitment to this cause. This year, in what was one of the largest and most poignant parades in recent years, over 70 young members and adult leaders of JLGB participated, undertaking roles from musicians to standard bearers and forming a Guard of Honour.

A significant moment this year was when Ruby Frankel, our National Youth Representative, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph during the AJEX Jewish Remembrance Parade. Her actions served as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made and the importance of passing on the legacy of remembrance to younger generations.

Adding a deeply emotional and poignant element to the proceedings, the JLGB marching band captivated attendees with their specially arranged versions of the Jewish songs 'Oseh Shalom' and 'Hevenu Shalom Aleichem'. Their performance resonated profoundly with the crowd, sparking an impromptu yet heartfelt response. Thousands present, both on parade and among the spectators, joined in, singing along with a sense of pride in their Jewish heritage, love for Britain, and in solidarity with their Israeli friends and family. This unified chorus became a touching tribute, in light of the recent attacks of October 7th, and served as a powerful reminder of the ongoing conflict and the some 130 hostages still awaiting return. This moment of musical unity underscored the spirit of remembrance, blending a sense of community, resilience, and hope in the face of adversity.

Extending our commitment to Remembrance Sunday, JLGB proudly marched alongside our friends from Youth United at The Royal British Legion Parade. This year was particularly special as we commemorated 60 years since the inception of our first girls' group. The granddaughter and niece of the founding officers of Liverpool JGB had the honour of laying our wreath at the Cenotaph, symbolizing both the enduring legacy and the evolving spirit of our organization.

At JLGB as we lay our wreaths and observe moments of silence, we not only honour the past but also educate and inspire our youth. Through these acts of remembrance, we reinforce our commitment to peace and ensure that the lessons and sacrifices of history are never forgotten. The JLGB remains dedicated to educating young people about the importance of remembrance, ensuring that the legacy of those who gave their lives continues to resonate through generations.

 

 

 

For over 125 years, young Jewish people have been discovering just how brilliant they can be and how they can make the world a better place through JLGB. Whether you're 8 or 18, whatever you want to be, join in and be your best self with us! 

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