Jewish Care attend the Remembrance Sunday service

16 Nov 2016

Residents from Jewish Care homes attended the Remembrance Sunday service with the local community at the Edgware Cenotaph on Sunday. Jewish Care’s Clore Manor resident and ex-serviceman, Leonard Rubenstein, born on 23 November 1923, laid a wreath on behalf of Jewish Care. Leonard served as a radio operator during the war in the British Army Signal Corps, eventually finishing his army career post WWII in India as a Sergeant.

The 93-year-old ex-serviceman was involved in the D-Day landings into France and went ashore at Gold Beach, attached to General Montgomery's personal division where he had a narrow escape in France when his radio vehicle was shelled.  He also was present at the liberation of Paris in 1944.  Leonard stayed on in the army after the end of WWII and went to India with the troops detailed to oversee partition returning to the UK in 1947.

After the Remembrance Sunday service, all the residents and their carers travelled back to Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home in the Jewish Care buses which are supported by Elizabeth Israel and the HOPE charity, where they heard Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld and the Shabbaton Choir at a Kiddush and lunch which was generously sponsored by the Hebrew Order of David.

Jewish Care’s Chief Executive, Simon Morris said, “Most Jewish Care clients  have a story to tell about the role they, a family member or an old friend played to protect our country. Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity to us to recognise this and for all of us to thank our ex-servicemen and women and honour those who lost their lives fighting so that we could live in freedom today.”