Friday, March 11, 2011

Mauritius: Dedication of a Memorial Plaque

Posted by Ann Rabinowitz


St. Martin’s Jewish Cemetery, Bambous, Mauritius

Today, will mark the dedication of a memorial plaque in the St. Martin’s Jewish Cemetery in Bambous, Mauritius. The information was provided by Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, who is known as South Africa’s “Traveling Rabbi” and who will officiate at the event.

The cemetery contains 127 graves of Jewish Holocaust survivors who were incarcerated in Mauritius by the British during World War II.

The ceremony for this event will be comprised of the following activities and participants:
  • WELCOME – Owen Griffith – President, Island Hebrew Congregation
  • ADDRESS – Owen Griffiths
  • ADDRESS – Mervyn Smith – President, African Jewish Congress, Johannesburg
  • COMMENT – Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft – Spiritual Leader, African Jewish Congress, Johannesburg
  • INTRODUCTION OF TALI REGEV – Owen Griffiths
  • REMARKS AND UNVEILING OF PLAQUE – Tali Regev, Honorary Consul General For Mauritius in Israel
  • INTRODUCTION OF ANN HARRIS – Mervyn Smith
  • REMARKS AND UNVEILING OF PLAQUE – Ann Harris, Wife of the Late South African Chief Rabbi Cyril K. Harris, OBE
  • INTRODUCTION TO GEFF GEFFROY – Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft
  • REMARKS AND UNVEILING OF PLAQUE – Geff Geffroy, Member of Mauritius and Johannesburg Jewish Communities
  • LIGHT MEMORIAL CANDLE – Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft & Tali Regev
  • RECITE PRAYER BEFORE ENTERING CEMETERY – Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft
  • ENTER CEMETERY AND CONGREGATE INSIDE THE CEMETERY
  • RECITE COMMUNAL PSALMS – Michael Kushner, Member of Mauritius Jewish Community
  • INTONE COMMUNAL MEMORIAL PRAYER – Michael Kushner
  • RECITE COMMUNAL KADDISH – Led by Andrew Slome, OBE, Member of Mauritius Jewish Community
  • COMMUNAL SINGING OF HATIKVA
More information about the cemetery can be gleaned from the IAJGS Jewish Cemetery Project as well as JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). Much of the information was taken from the Jewish Burial Register kept at the cemetery and from the book written by Genevieve Pitot entitled The Mauritian Shekel: The Story of the Jewish Detainees in Mauritius, 1940-1945.

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