Not many people know that there is a Holocaust memorial in Hyde Park in London. But passing tourists may have noticed it last Sunday when over 600 representatives of the Jewish community gathered there for an open air Yom HaShoah (Holocaust memorial) service.

Candles were lit to commemorate those who were killed and those were never born – lost generations of young people – and representatives of today’s Jewish young people, one from each of the community’s youth movements, stood together to read out a Statement of Commitment to remember the Holocaust and “shape the future” with its lessons learned.

There are not too many occasions when people representing the entire breadth of the Jewish community can stand side-by-side in unity – but perhaps one of the most important lessons from the Shoah is that we should be together more.

Gabriel Webber

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