Sheffield says no to Antisemitism
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Thursday 20th September 2018

On Sunday, September 16th, 26 members of our Synagogue plus Chaya Miriam, the three year old daughter of two of our members boarded a coach and set of for the Manchester ‘Say No to Antisemitism’ demonstration. The expedition was led by our Rabbi, Rabbi Golomb. Another four of our members travelled separately. 

We arrived in Manchester in very good time and joined a large crowd of participants which included Jews from Liverpool, Leeds and other northern Jewish communities.

There was a very positive sense of anticipation as we were handed banners with a variety of appropriate slogans on them. People had brought with them Israeli flags as well as several large Union Jacks. And even though it rained throughout the whole time, this did not quench the positive sense of purpose among all those present. 

There were a glittering array of speakers including national as well as local MPs and other local dignitaries both Jewish and non-Jewish who expressed their whole hearted support of this positive action. Chief Rabbi Mirvis also gave a wonderfully inspiring address that kept everyone completely quiet – no mean feat for a Jewish audience. 

Although we all stood for over two hours in the rain and despite the advancing years of the majority of our party, we remained sprightly to the end and we walked back to our coach with renewed vigour. 

The security provided by the CST and the Manchester Metropolitan Police made us feel completely safe and we thank them for that. 

We returned to our coach and devoured the contents of the lunch boxes which were provided as part of the trip. Replete with fish balls, hard boiled eggs, smoked salmon sandwiches, fruit and biscuits everyone agreed that the day had been very worthwhile. 

We are delighted that around 20% of our community made the effort to show solidarity at the Manchester event.   

Frada Wilenski
President, United Synagogue Sheffield