The Bristol HMD Steering Group is an informal network of people formed to deliver local events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day which is commemorated worldwide on January 27 every year.
It has comprised representatives from Bristol City Council, community, faith and civic groups from across the local area.
Participants over the years have included Bristol Multifaith Forum, Bristol Inter Faith Group, Salaam Shalom, Building the Bridge, faculty from the University of the West of England, Bristol City of Sanctuary, the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation, VOSCUR, and others. It has also included members of the public who feel personally motivated to work on Holocaust education or hate crime/genocide prevention.
The group has been privileged over the years to have the support and participation of individuals from the Equalities and Social Inclusion Team, Libraries and Museums, all from Bristol City Council.
The group’s co-chairs for the 2013 event were Simon Nelson (Equalities and Social Inclusion Team) and Valerie Russell Emmott (Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation/Bristol Multifaith Forum).
Members of the Bristol HMD Steering Group for 2014 were: Eva Fielding-Jackson, Marie Hackett, Marian Liebmann, Father Richard McKay, Simon Nelson (Bristol City Council), Farzana Saker and Valerie Russell Emmott. Sincere thanks to Fr. McKay for graciously hosting all of our meetings in the Assisi Centre on Stapleton Road in Easton.
In 2015, the following people served on the steering group: Valerie Russell Emmott (Chair); Fr Richard McKay (Vice Chair), Marian Liebmann (Secretary), Eva Fielding-Jackson (Treasurer), joined by Simon Nelson, Lorna Brunstein, Rebecca Bellamy, Alistair Beattie and Marie Hackett.
In 2016, the following people are serving on the steering group: Valerie Russell Emmott (Chair); Fr Richard McKay (Vice Chair), Marian Liebmann (Secretary), Eva Fielding-Jackson (Treasurer), joined by Lorna Brunstein, Ben Royston, Lily Khandker, Rebecca Bellamy, Helen Barcan, David Memel, Rebecca Filer and Marie Hackett.