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Honour for community festival organiser

June 13, 2008

A pioneer of inter-community friendship has been honoured at a ceremony at his Crumpsall home. Alan Ross, 63, who is too ill to receive the accolade in public, was founder chairman of Community Understanding, whose “festivals” brought together hundreds of people from across ethnic divides. Barbara Goldstone, president of the Jewish Representative Council, presented Mr Ross with a certificate marking some 35 years of communal work.

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Jewish pupils see Red

June 13, 2008

School assemblies were a sea of red last week when local Jewish pupils participated in Manchester Jewish Federation’s annual Red Fed Day. On the day children and young people are encouraged to bring in £1 for The Fed and to come to school wearing something red. Marketing officer Joyce Khan explained that Fed staff attended school assemblies to tell children about the charity’s work.

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Primary pupils treat The Fed to tea

June 13, 2008

Around 30 members of The Fed’s monthly coffee-stop get-togethers were treated to a pre-Shavuot tea party by pupils of North Cheshire Primary School. The Fed’s Altrincham-based south branch holds coffee stops for up to 20 older and often isolated people from as far and wide as Wythenshawe, Sale, Bramhall and Didsbury. Volunteer co-ordinator Lynne Hammond said: “The kids had worked so hard. We cannot thank them enough.”

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Graduation for Talmud Taster course

June 13, 2008

A Florence Melton adult mini-school graduation ceremony was held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. Fifty people attended the presentation to see 12 students who have completed two years of study, and alumni who completed a short course in a Taster of the Talmud, receive their graduation certificates from Professor Leslie Wagner.

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Limelight Drama Group entertain leisure centre

June 13, 2008

Limelight Drama Group entertained some 60 people at the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol’s Leisure Club. The players gave a miscellany of readings presented by Carole Morris, Margaret Silver, Harry Venet, Judith Conway, Ruth Bush and Mamie Franks. The BHH Leisure Club, under the chairmanship of Bernard Williams, will next month be celebrating 19 years since its formation.

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Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue hears of drug issue

June 13, 2008
Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin from Drugsline Chabad addressed an audience of almost 100 people at Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue. Rabbi Sufrin spoke about why he started the East London counselling and educational service 17 years ago. He said: “No community is immune.” He urged his audience to remove any blinkers they might have on the drugs issue. The meeting was organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.

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Huge donations for Jewish Child's Day

June 13, 2008

More than £75,000 was raised from the annual dinner and cabaret of JCD (Jewish Child’s Day) at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel. Entertainment for the 200 guests was provided by the Bee Gees Experience and auction prizes included a New York holiday.

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Youth awards for community workers

June 13, 2008
Two youth awards were presented at a Representative Council meeting at Giffnock Synagogue. The Edward and Adele Woolfson award to honour young people’s community work was presented to Genna Barnett and Rhea Wolfson. Marsha Gladstone presented the Yoni Jesner award to Genna Barnett and Robbie Allon. The award is presented in memory of her 19-year-old son who was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel. It is given to those going to Israel on a gap year.

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Dinner held for Marxist philosopher aand Chichele professor

June 6, 2008

Oxford University Chabad Society hosted a Shabbat dinner to mark the retirement of Marxist philosopher and Chichele professor of social and political theory Jerry Cohen. Montreal-born Professor Cohen — who studied under an illustrious Chichele professor, Sir Isaiah Berlin — delighted the 150 guests by reciting the first Yiddish poem he learnt at his communist cheder. Oxford University Chabad director Rabbi Eli Brackman chaired the dinner.

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Nine honoured for 60 years of support

June 6, 2008

Nine people who have been members of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue for more than 60 years attended a special Shabbat service and kiddush in their honour, where they were each presented with a white rose. Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah explained: “Just as Israel was born 60 years ago, so these people helped to revitalise local Jewish life in the diaspora.”

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