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Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX)

The first recorded activities of AJEX in the Brighton area commenced after the Second World War, when local Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women formed a branch, with affiliation to the historic Middle Street Synagogue under Rabbi Fabricant, who also served as Chaplain to HM Armed Forces. The national AJEX journal of February 1949 includes a photo… Read more »

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The first recorded activities of AJEX in the Brighton area commenced after the Second World War, when local Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women formed a branch, with affiliation to the historic Middle Street Synagogue under Rabbi Fabricant, who also served as Chaplain to HM Armed Forces.

The national AJEX journal of February 1949 includes a photo of the memorial plaque in the synagogue to 30 fallen comrades which was unveiled by Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie on 28 November 1948 in the presence of Mr W Teeling, the local MP. The Mayors of Brighton and of Hove and the Chief Constable of Brighton were among the 450 people who attended the service.

Our Annual Remembrance service is now held by rotation in one of the following synagogues in Hove: New Church Road, Holland Road, Palmeira Avenue and Lansdowne Road, all of whom have responded with great dignity for this special occasion. The Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, who represents the Queen, as well as ecclesiastical and civic dignitaries honour us with their attendance on this occasion.  We, at AJEX, have always regarded these civic occasions as a golden opportunity to promote harmonious relations with the wider community, which we have enjoyed for many decades.

There are many aspects to AJEX including welfare, housing and acting on behalf of members.  We also have a close association with other Ex-Service organisations. Social events are the highlight of every group. In the past, we have arranged dances in local hotels, but we are now less ambitious, having solo entertainers, quizzes etc.

This year outings were arranged to visit the Imperial War Museum, the Cabinet War Rooms, the RAF Museum at Hendon and the Jewish Military Museum, which is now housed at the Jewish Museum in Camden Town.

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