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Anne Frank exhibition in Bristol

May 21, 2009

In its third visit to Bristol in recent years, the Anne Frank Exhibition featured an interactive virtual tour of the Secret Annexe and graphic imagery of social issues affecting Bristol today. Local Jewish people involved in organising the event included historian Madge Dresser, local students Daniel Gouly and Zara Tobias and several community members who are acting as guides. The exhibition runs at Bristol Cathedral until May 31.

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Reading elects woman president

May 21, 2009

Reading Hebrew Congregation has elected a woman president for the second time in its history. Sue Clarke, who served for the past year as vice-president, was elected to the post at the synagogue’s AGM. Three years ago Sarah Firsht, who served as joint president with Myer Daniels, was the first woman to hold the post. The other board members elected were: honorary life president Jeff Foreman; vice-presidents Sarah Firsht and Myer Daniels; honorary secretary Janette Sassoon; and Tony Woolf as treasurer.

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Anne Franks lesson for pupils at Calderwood Lodge

May 21, 2009

Pupils from Calderwood Lodge Primary learned about the life of Anne Frank when the exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today was staged at the school. Pupils also took part in discussions about prejudice today. Two other primary schools also visited, St John’s Primary and Uplaw Moor Primary. Three pupils from Calderwood Lodge were trained as guides and helped the other pupils tour the exhibition. The exhibition and workshops were organised by the Anne Frank Trust Scotland.

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Giffnock & Newlands Synagogue congregants climb Ben Lomond

May 21, 2009

To mark the 75th anniversary of Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue, 75 community members of all ages climbed Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s highest mountains. The group, which included Rabbi Moshe Rubin and his son Pini, battled with atrocious weather. But according to organiser Steven Banks this did not dampen their enthusiasm. “It seemed with every few steps the conditions worsened.” Around £2,000 was raised for the shul.

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Joy Wolfe was guest speaker at Leeds UJIA

May 21, 2009

Joy Wolfe, joint president of the Zionist Federation, was guest speaker at Leeds UJIA women’s division annual appeal lunch. As a replacement for BIcom head Lorna Fitzsimons, who had to withdraw from attending due to illness, Mrs Wolfe told the 110 guests: “The Palestinians want peace as much as we do. It’s their leadership that has let them down.” Richard Manning, chairman of UJIA UK programmes, reported that 75 per cent of the community’s 16-year-olds are visiting Israel this summer. The event was held at the United Hebrew Congregation.

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First lottery-funded theatre workshop in Manchester

May 21, 2009

The first lottery-funded theatre skills workshops by Manchester’s Jewish Theatre Company took place at Bury Hebrew Congregation. Run by TV actresses Marilyn Bar-Ilan and Amanda Fairclough, around 30 children and adults took part. Some 17 weekly workshops were planned after the group received a £10,000 Lottery grant. Chairman Shelley Blackston said: “The Lottery money came because we were creating community based projects.”

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Michael Portillo speaks at Manchester fundraiser

May 21, 2009

Michael Portillo attracted 150 business men and women to a fundraising breakfast in aid of Manchester Jewish Community Care.

Held in the city centre Freemasons Hall, the former Tory minister spoke about the state of British politics in the current economic conditions and some of the challenges facing Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. TV presenter Rob McLoughlin chaired the event which raised around £7,000 for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre.

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Lag B’Omer BBQ with Rabbid Dovid Lewis

May 21, 2009

Rabbi Dovid Lewis and his wife Nachi held a Lag B’Omer barbecue at their home. Over 50 members of the community sat in the evening sunshine, while Rabbi Lewis, minister of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation, cooked the barbecue.

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£6m grant for Leeds Jewish Housing Association

May 21, 2009

Leeds Jewish Housing Association has been granted planning permission for a £6 million development at Queenshill Court and Queenshill Way.
The scheme involves the demolition of 37 dwellings and the building of a sheltered housing development comprising 46 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom flats.

There will also be a communal lounge and staff offices with gardens and car parking.

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Caretaker’s barmitzvah

May 21, 2009

Borehamwood Synagogue celebrated a barmitzvah with a difference on Shabbat when the shul honoured caretaker Bernie Bray, marking his 13th year with the community.

Addressing Mr Bray at the conclusion of the morning service, Rabbi Naftali Brawer praised his dedication to the congregation and stressed the high esteem in which he was held.

Although not Jewish, he knew “as much about Judaism as many Jews”.

Before attending a kiddush in his honour, Mr Bray was presented with certificates, a gift and a book in which members had penned personalised tributes.

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