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Hull Wizo hosts Peter Suchet

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2015

More than 80 people attended a Hull Wizo lunch with guest speaker Peter Suchet, a former director of the Saatchi and Saatchi advertising agency.

The event, held at Hull Hebrew Congregation’s Pryme Street synagogue, heard how Mr Suchet had also led the division that created Fantasy Football.


Mental health awareness

November 3, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Community Care committee held a Dementia Awareness evening. Guest speaker Michael Meehan from the Alzheimer’s Society told the 60-strong audience: “Three thousand people are living with dementia in the Southend area; 850,000 in the UK, and this is expected to double in the next 30 years." Mr Meehan also outlined how the Alzheimer`s Society funds research products.


Family matters: genealogy get together

November 2, 2015

More than 80 genealogists attended the 22nd annual conference of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain at The Jewish Museum in Camden, north London.


From Florida to Leeds

October 29, 2015

Florida-based Rabbi Janie Grackin was a guest at Sinai Synagogue where she spoke at the shul's monthly Chavurah supper. She introduced the concept of intergenerational services, talking about "lowering the barriers, without lowering the bar". The Shabbat service included her teaching songs and storytelling for the congregation - from toddlers to pensioners.


Edinburgh shul hosts Lord Hope

October 13, 2015

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation welcomed Lord Hope of Craighead, who was on his first visit to a synagogue. Lord and Lady Hope were hosted by Rabbi David Rose, shul members and from Glasgow, Rabbi Moshe Rubin of Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation,andScottish Council of Jewish Communities' Ephraim Borowski and Nicola Livingston.


The Jewish Legion marches on in Liverpool

July 22, 2015

Ajex Military Museum archivist Martin Sugarman addressed a Liverpool Jewish History Society meeting on "The 1918 march of the Jewish Legion". He described the formation of the 38th and 39th Companies from Jewish members of the King's Fusiliers, who fought in Palestine during the First World War.


Brunch boost for Emunah

July 22, 2015

“Buy less… experience more,” was the message from trend guru and author James Wallman who spoke at a British Emunah brunch organised by volunteer Michelle Plainer.

Each of the 40 guests received a copy of Mr Wallman’s book, ‘Stuffocation – Living More with Less’ at the brunch which took place at the Central Square Minyan in Hampstead Garden Suburb.


Glasgow teens raise £2,500 for Chai

July 22, 2015

A group of teenage girls attracted 200 people to an event in support of Chai Cancer Care, raising more than £2,500 for the charity.

The Chai 13 committee: Ava Black, Leila Black, Olivia Bishop, Katie Lewis, Hannah Rose and Maya Tenby, held a coffee morning in the Walton Community Centre.


Special volunteers

July 8, 2015

A seminar, run by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) at their Hendon headquarters offered training to six mentors to enable them to support volunteers with a range of special needs.