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Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.

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Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.

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How to send photos into Faces & Places

November 1, 2011

Please send images in electronic form and DO NOT sent photographic prints. Photography stores can digitise your prints for emailing.

1. Email a high-quality image, preferably 200dpi, in jpeg format and 750k to 2MB in size, to faces&places@thejc.com.

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One rabbi and his dog

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his dog Mitzpah will be doing a sponsored walk from Frankfurt to Finchley.

The trek is in support of Tikkun Olam – repairing and helping the rest of the world.

The New North London Synagogue rabbi will be raising money to construct libraries in the Galilee, in Northern Israel, and in Malawi.

Donations will also go to a Jewish community centre in the Ukraine and to a mentoring programme to help young people develop social enterprise projects.

The pair plan to cover 250 miles by foot and use public transport for the rest of the distance.

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Deli man’s happy Return

February 4, 2010

Entrepreneur Mark Cohen is not one of those who’ll be heading down the motorway to start a new life any time soon. In fact he has made the journey in the opposite direction, returning to his native Glasgow from London, where he worked as an accountant for seven years, to start a kosher deli.

“Glasgow is a nice place. It’s got everything everywhere else has, just not many young Jewish people,” said the 33-year-old, while preparing one of his speciality hot salt beef sandwiches.

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Muswell Hill shul Skype with twin

December 3, 2009

Members of Muswell Hill Synagogue got closer to their twin Ukrainian community of Rovno through a Skype link-up during a fundraising evening at the home of Margaret and Stephen Brearley.

Over 70 guests dined Ukrainian style — blintzes, stuffed cabbage and mushroom stroganoff — and there was klezmer music from the Stewart Curtis trio. The £1,150 proceeds will help furnish a computer room at a nursery.

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Young Shaare Zedek's comedy night

December 3, 2009

Josh Howie, Steve Weiner and Lee Nelson provided the laughs at Young Shaare Zedek’s comedy night, held in association with the Monkey Business Comedy Club.

Ninety people attended and over £1,800 was raised for Shaare Zedek’s new children’s hospital.

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Nightingale residents tour of the East End.

December 3, 2009

As part of South London Liberal Synagogue’s outreach programme, shul chairman Philip Walker led a group of Nightingale residents on a tour of the Jewish East End.

The first stop was East London Central Synagogue where warden Leon Silver explained the history of his community. They then viewed Jewish landmarks in Stepney before taking lunch at the Stepney Jewish Day Centre.

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Tracy-Ann Oberman among speakers at seminar

December 3, 2009

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and comedy scriptwriter Ivor Baddiel were among the speakers at the Association of Jewish Women’s Organisations’ seminar: Away with Depression — Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Agony aunt Virginia Ironside and consultant psychiatrist Professor Gill Livingston were also on the panel and the 100 guests were welcomed by AJWO chair Linda Carr.

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Chief Rabbi talks about Chanucah in 21st Century

December 3, 2009

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks discussed the message of Chanucah in the 21st century when he delivered the annunal Harold Weinberg memorial lecture at Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue.

Lord Sacks also praised the shul’s minister, Rabbi Rabbi Beni Fleischer, and took questions from the 200-strong audience, including how best to encourage more people to come to synagogue. Tribute was paid to Mr Weinberg’s work for the community and his widow Ruth was among those present.

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