Faith News (Including Jewish community marks Holocaust with Yom HaShoah)

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Today is Yom Hashoah – a day set aside for Jews to remember the Holocaust.


The Jewish Community will be marking Yom HaShoah on April 27 with a service led by South Bucks Rabbi Ariel Friedlander.

Yom Hashoah is a day set aside for Jews to remember the Holocaust. The name comes from the Hebrew word ‘shoah’, which means ‘whirlwind’.

Yom Hashoah was established in Israel in 1959 by law. It falls on the 27th of the Jewish month of Nissan, a date chosen because it is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Ceremonies include the lighting of candles for Holocaust victims, and listening to the stories of survivors.

Rabbi Friedlander will also be telling people about the Czech Torah Scrolls. The 1,564 sacred scrolls which came to Westminster Synagogue in 1964, had been gathered together in Prague, from the desolated synagogues of Bohemia and Moravia, by the Nazi official in charge of the Czech “Protectorate.”

It is believed that they were originally gathered for permanent exhibition as relics of a defunct culture.

The Torah Scrolls have since been restored and distributed to Jewish communities in Great Britain and twenty other countries of the Western world, including West Germany, to be cherished as memorials to a tragic past but at the same time to be read and studied by a new generation of Jews. South Bucks Jewish Community is a Liberal group with members from South Bucks, West Herts and surrounding areas.



On May 3 at St John’s Boxmoor help is needed to welcome fellow Christians between 8am and 9.30am.

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve bacon rolls and tea/coffee, and join in praying for the needs of the town. People can sign up on the list at the back of the church.


On Saturday May 17 St John’s will enjoy a parish outing to Canterbury.

Payment for those attending the trip is now due. It costs £16 per person for the coach only, £25 with entry to the cathedral. Anyone who wants to be included in a guided tour at 12 noon must pay £5 extra. Graham Gibbs would like payment by May 4.


For next year’s calendar St John’s Boxmoor are returning to the theme of ‘Flora and Fauna’.

The church is appealing for photos appropriate to each month of the year. The closing date for entries is Saturday May 31.

Photos must be landscape and up to A4 in size. See Alan Munford for more details.



If you have any old, cut roses you no longer want, St John’s Boxmoor is asking people to bring them to church and put in the basket in the quiet room to be dried for confetti.

Spokesman for the church, Dee Fisher said: “The wedding season is upon us and stocks are low!”


St John’s is thanking everybody who helped deliver the Easter cards around Boxmoor. If there were too many or too few in bundles let Alan Munford know.


Michael Boyes and family are thanking everyone who came to Joan’s Memorial and Thanksgiving earlier this month.

A spokesman for the family said: “We regret that we were unable to greet everyone personally, so take this opportunity to thank you now. We were blown away by your singing. Your presence supported and comforted us more than we can say.”

this week: Ridván

Ridván is a 12-day festival in the Bahá’í Faith, commemorating the commencement of Bahá’u’lláh’s prophethood.

It is celebrated from sunset on Monday to sunset on May 2.

The festival marks Bahá’u’lláh’s time in the garden of Ridván in 1863 and his announcement that he was the prophet promised by the Báb. Bahá’u’lláh ordained this festival ‘Most Great Festival’.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Bob Hobbs, Asher Ministries

My goal is God himself, so precious has he become, the more intimate the greater joy and wonder and increasing longing really to know him more. Each of us was lovingly designed, created, shaped first for himself.

Like a powerful magnet he draws us but we respond. Overarching all the horror done to his creation, HE IS RULING!

Crazy?  No, the simple truth. Finally he will be revealed as Almighty God . I am humbled, honoured, deeply grateful and rejoice in knowing my Father, our Creator, through Jesus Christ. You can too!