Homes for Ukraine

As you are aware the Government have today released details about the Humanitarian Sponsorship Scheme. Attached is a briefing document from the JLC (Jewish Leadership Council) outlining the Government’s “Homes for Ukraine” scheme and how individuals and faith groups can register their interest to host Ukrainian refugees. We would very much appreciate it if you could share these details with either people who you know are interested or in your newsletters.



  • If you have a named person you wish to sponsor you should get in touch with them directly and prepare to complete the visa registration with their details and yours (this goes live on Friday). This can be someone you have met through social media or any other means.


  • Refugees at Home, a charity founded by Reform Jews and still chaired by a member of our Wimbledon Synagogue, is also very well placed to match hosts with refugees of any religion and you can register on their website

More information can be found about the Homes for Ukraine scheme by clicking on the document below

Welcome to the Newcastle Jewish Book Group


Our next meeting will be on


Monday 13 June 2022

7:30 pm 

The meeting will be held virtually.

We will be discussing the Booker Prize winning
The Promise, by Damon Galgut.

Please be sure let us know if you plan to attend by contacting Gabrielle by e-mail at so that we can share the meeting link with you.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

The Representative Council of North East Jewry (of which NRS plays an active role) is proud to be at the forefront of HMD commemorations in the North East.

Once again due to Covid-19, the three councils of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Sunderland will be sharing virtual commemorations for Holocaust Memorial Day. Each presentation involves the contribution of some of our friends and members of the community.

The theme for this year’s annual Holocaust Memorial event is, “One Day”, reminding us each day is a single moment in time and how life changes from one to another, in so many ways.


North Tyneside Council have decided to once again create a virtual ceremony, this is in order to help protect everyone, as with last year’s commemorative service. Even though we have had a significantly shorter time to prepare once again our schools and speakers have risen to the challenge to create virtual presentations and share these so that we can pull together two YouTube events.

Firstly below you will see an introduction by our Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE supported with some words from a St Thomas More student Keira Edwards, where we will be introduced to this year’s theme as well as the traditional illumination of St Mary’s Lighthouse in the HMD colour purple. 

The main North Tyneside Council event and presentation introduces our other presenters from Jewish community, civic representatives, schools and our keynote speaker Trevor Avery, artist, historian and curator of the Lake District Holocaust Project. 

Each year we use this time to reflect upon what we can learn from the past and how after the horrors of war, society and communities were rebuilt. Our North Tyneside Holocaust Memorial Day working group endeavour to raise awareness regarding:
• tolerance and understanding
• challenging racism and prejudice
• promoting equality
• as well as remembering the Holocaust and other genocides


This recognises that genocide does not just happen but there is always a path which leads to genocide.

The main presentation will be streamed from 10am on Friday 28th January 2022 on the North Tyneside Council YouTube Channel

The Representative Council for North East Jewry produced the virtual commemoration for Newcastle upon Tyne which can be viewed below.

The Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 inaugural event for Newcastle is a pre-recorded programme. The national theme this year is ‘One Day’, and our programme will focus on Kristallnacht. The programme features keynote speaker Gabrielle Keenaghan who will talk of her experiences of Kristallnacht, and will also include testimonies from the AJR archives, as well as a virtual schools’ choir performing a specially written song.

Sunderland Interfaith Forum are currently streaming their commemoration which you can access by clicking on the video below

Darlington Holocaust Memorial Day
One Day - a poem by Bess Robertson


One day there will be peace on all the earth
Every man, woman and child will know their worth
One day the autumn with its red, gold and browns
Will be so vibrant on hills and downs
One day the spring will usher forth flowers
A beautiful season on this planet of ours
One day we will come to realise

That we have done well, without compromise
One day in future generations
We pray for love and peace among nations
One day our compassion will become our main joy
Not riches, not power, nor wars that destroy
One Day you will stand proud and tall,
You haven't forgotten, you remember it all
One day we will learn the lesson so clearly
Lest we forget, remember it yearly.
One day. One day, one day

The Newcastle virtual memorial can be accessed by clicking here