Welwyn Garden City Synagogue garden dedicated

THOSE who perished in the Holocaust were among people remembered at the dedication of a Garden of Remembrance at WGC Synagogue on Sunday.

A Shoah rose - Shoah meaning calamity in Hebrew (the Holocaust being a calamity for the Jewish people) – is the centrepiece of the garden.

Members of the Garden City’s Jewish community have planted a number of other rose bushes around it in memory of departed loved ones.

The synagogue is in Barn Close.

Dignataries headed by Welwyn Hatfield mayor Cllr Howard Morgan and his wife Virginia, attended a short dedication service, in which Reynold Rosenberg, chairman of WGC Synagogue, welcomed visitors and explained the idea behind the creation of the garden.

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Rabbi Hillel Gruber, minister of the community, also gave a short address, before Tony Wilder, vice-chairman of the community , read out the list of dedications of roses planted in the garden.

Among other guests at the event were former High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Richard Walduck and WHT Editor Terry Mitchinson.

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The dedication was followed by tea and the conducting of the traditional afternoon service.

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