Holocaust Memorial Day will be held on the 25th January 2019

at the University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building in LT2

From 12.30 to 2pm.

The theme of this year HMD is “Torn from Home”

Refreshments will be served in the Foyer after the event.


The full progamme can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE






Dr Sami Everett: ‘Trust in Crisis: The Emergence of the Quiet Individual’,

 To download a summary by Beverley Levi please click here


26th January Holocaust Memorial Day 8: To see photographs of this  click here


20th February: "Community Policing in Ipswich"   click here to view (pdf format)


HMD 2018



Music playing as you arrive, ‘Letters from Warsaw’ by Joseph Phibbs

1.00pm Welcome by Sara Corcoran, Director of Human Resources at University of Suffolk

1.05pm Context of the music ‘Letters from Warsaw,’ based on the book ‘Marysia’ written by Krzysztof Chorzelski and Michel Destrbibats, Beverley Levy, IFCF (Ipswich Faith and Community Forum)

1.10pm Presentation by Vernon Katz who arrived in UK by Kindertransport; author of ‘The Blue Salon and Other Follies: A Jewish Boyhood in 1930s' Rural Germany’

1.20pm Presentation by the Co-ordinator of the Syrian Resettlement Scheme, Abbie Grace, Suffolk Refugee Support

1.30pm Holocaust Awareness and Human Rights presentation by Northgate High School Pupils: ‘Migrant Stories’ and ‘Stars of Hope’

1.45 Lighting of the candle of remembrance-

In harmony with groups all around the country we light a candle of remembrance and observe a minute’s silence _______________________________

1.47pm The Statement of Commitment -

Following the Holocaust taskforce meeting in Stockholm in 2000, the statement of commitment for HMD was created (each section of the commitment will be read by a Northgate High School pupil), Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Roger Fern

  1. We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning


  1. We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.


  1. We must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences. We vow to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocides.


  1. We value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil.


  1. We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people’s lives worth less than others’. Genocide, anti-semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to fight these evils.



  1. We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides. We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt.


  1. 7.We will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, respectful, and democratic society

1.52pm Conclusion- we join together in saying the Shared Act of Reflection and Commitment, first used on 3rd July 2000 in the Celebration of Faith Communities of the United Kingdom held at the Palace of Westminster, to mark the beginning of the New Millennium, Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Roger Fern

In a world scarred by the evils of war,
racism, injustice and poverty,
we offer this joint Act of Commitment as we
look to our shared future.

We commit ourselves,
as people of many faiths,
to work together
for the common good,
uniting to build a better society,
grounded in values and ideals we share.

Community, personal integrity,
a sense of right and wrong,
learning, wisdom and love of truth,
care and compassion, justice and peace,
respect for one another,
for the earth and its creatures.

We commit ourselves,
in a spirit of friendship and co-operation,
to work together
alongside all who share our values and ideals,
to help bring about a better world
now and for generations to come

1.55 Closing address and thanks to be given by Rev Cannon Charles Jenkin, Chair, IFCF

Please stay for Refreshments and an opportunity to listen to live music by a local klezmer band, Street Café, Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe.


This year’s HMD events in Ipswich were arranged by Ipswich Faith and Community Forum in partnership with:

Allison Coleman (Equalities Lead Adviser, Suffolk County Council)

Alice Firbank and Simon Lanning, Community Engagement Officers, Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Councillors accessing the MAD (Make A Difference) funding

Beverley Levy, Suffolk Liberal Jewish Community and IFCF trustee

Vernon Katz, survivor of Holocaust, member of Suffolk Liberal Jewish Community

Abbie Grace, Co-ordinator of Syrian Resettlement Project, Suffolk Refugee Support

Sally Samson, teacher at Northgate School, and co-ordinator of Northgate students preparing for Dora Love prize

Northgate School students

Street Café: Vicky Mossy (violin), Zena Tibbenham (accordion) , Julia Middleton (cello), Diana Hemmings (clarinet)

A special thanks to Joseph Phibbs, composer of ‘Letters from Warsaw’ ( played by Krzysztof Chorzelski and Laurene Durantel)


Thanks are given to University of Suffolk for availing us of their facilities, and thanks to Sara Corcoran for the opening welcome. 



Hannah Weisfeld, Director of Yachad

On Thursday 11th October,

At East of England Co-Op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW

Doors open at 7.00 pm, refreshments available from 7.00 pm

talk to start at 7.30 pm

Hannah will talk to us about:

Criticism of Israel, antisemitism and drawing the line between the two

Yachad works to mobilise British Jews in support of a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


there is parking at the back of the Co-op centre, entrance along Waterworks Street

 Enquiries - CLICK HERE (opens email in new window)


at 7:30 pm (refreshments from 7:00)

at the Co-op Education Centre, Ipswich