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60 days for 60 years

Last updated: 2005-01-26

Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi

On a "whistle stop" tour of schools in the London area to launch the 60 Days for 60 Years project, the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks addressed students at five different schools.

The 60 Days project, run by Tribe (the Young United Synagogue), encourages people to learn about different aspects of Judaism for 60 days in memory of the victims of the Shoah, sixty years after the end of the Holocaust.

The schools visited by the Chief Rabbi were JFS, Immanuel College, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys and Girls Schools and King Solomon High School. In the course of all the school visits, he addressed well over 1500 students.

The Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks said:

“I can think of no more moving tribute to the victims than for each of us to take the name of one of them and by learning in their memory, write them in the book of Jewish life. In this way, it is my hope that our children will live for what the victims died for: the right to live as Jews without fear, true to our faith and a blessing to humanity.”

Andrew Shaw, Executive Director of Tribe, the young United Synagogue, said:

“We are delighted that the Chief Rabbi kick-started the project in this way. We expect the project to make a real and lasting impression on the lives of many young Jews, and by enhancing their Jewish learning, deepen their commitment to Jewish life.”

Mr Philip Skelker, Head Teacher at Immanuel College said:

“The Chief Rabbi emphasised to a rapt audience of sixth formers at Immanuel College the power of the 60 Days for 60 Years project to give meaning to the lives of individual victims of the Holocaust by laying strong foundations for a Jewish future. Pupils at the College will learn each lunch-time until Purim, using the essays collected by Tribe as the basis of their study programme.”

Mr Peter Hamilton, Head Teacher of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School said:

“We believe that Holocaust education is important for all our students.  We are honoured that the Chief Rabbi came to this school, an institution with a wide mix of students of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, to launch this project.”