Monthly Archives: October 2013

Kristallnacht 75th anniversary

Over the weekend of 8-10 November, two special events will mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.  We will hold our own annual memorial service in the synagogue on Friday 8 November at 6:45 pm, and then on Sunday 10 November the Belsize Synagogue Choir will take part in a special service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope at Westminster Abbey.

These services commemorate the Kristallnacht (“night of broken glass”) orchestrated Nazi attacks against Jews, synagogues and Jewish businesses that took place across Germany and in Austria on 9-10 November 1938, a foretaste of the more terrible horrors yet to come.

Note: All tickets for the Westminster Abbey service have already been booked.

Belsize Square teams up with Jewish Film Festival

The reborn Belsize Square Synagogue Film Club is pleased to announce its partnership with the UK Jewish Film Festival, which launches in October with over 80 films from around the world. Over half are UK premieres.

The partnership offers us three films over the next 12 months. The first, to be screened on Sunday 13 October at 7 pm at the synagogue, is the acclaimed 2005 film Live and Become. Directed by Radu Mihăileanu, who escaped from Communist Romania to France at the age of 22, it stars Israeli actress Yael Abecassis.

The film is the moving story of an Ethiopian Christian child placed by his desperate mother into the hands of a Jewish woman who has lost her own child and is about to be taken to Israel from a Sudanese refugee camp during Operation Moses. It explores the displacement and integration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel in the 1980s and has been widely successful.

Tickets cost £10 and are obtainable through the synagogue office.

Belsize Square Choir to sing at Abbey Kristallnacht service

The Belsize Square Synagogue choir will perform at Westminster Abbey in a service of solemn remembrance and hope on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht (in English, “night of glass”) was a series of coordinated attacks carried out by paramilitaries and civilians against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9th and 10th November 1938. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues.

The service will feature personal testimonies and readings and music from the choirs of London synagogues, including our own Belsize Square.

Free tickets for the service, on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 6.30pm, are available online at