On Sunday 26th July at 1pm BST, Maccabi GB together with Maccabi World Union, gathered for a virtual ceremony with Maccabi members from across the world to remember those who have sadly lost their lives to Covid 19.
Originally the brainchild of Manchester Maccabi, this ceremony quickly went global as over a hundred people gathered to remember and pray for those who have been affected by the pandemic.
David Pinnick, Chairman of Maccabi GB and Vice Chair of Maccabi Europe said ‘The objective for the grassroots ceremony was for Maccabi Clubs from around the world to come together as one Maccabi family to remember those who are sadly no longer with us. The Maccabi family has a special bond which is felt worldwide and it was wonderful that we were able to bring so many people across the globe together’.
Maccabi members from countries across the world took part including Maccabi Australia, Maccabi Canada, Maccabi South Africa, European Maccabi Confederation, Maccabi USA, Maccabi Canada, Maccabi Latin America, as well as Territorial Organisations and Clubs such as Holland, Israel, Manchester, Leeds, Scotland, Italy and Buenos Aries.
Rabbi Carlos Tapiero, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Education Department of Maccabi World Union led the service with both memorial prayers E-L Male Rachamim and the Mourners Kaddish.
Rabbi Carlos added ‘In this ceremony, we are combining both memory and familiarity: we remember as a family, the Maccabi family, the Jewish People’s family, those of our members who passed away as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. We do it out of love, out of duty, out of the responsibility of keeping alive their memories and their examples of life.’
Maccabi members from different corners of the world submitted images and names of family and friends they have lost due to the pandemic. The names were read during the ceremony and the pictures were displayed as the memorial prayer was read aloud.