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Bushey Synagogue hears of impact of prayer on Israeli soldiers

July 3, 2008
A British-born man currently serving in the Israeli Army addressed Bushey Synagogue congregants on the impact of prayer and Jewish values on front-line soldiers in Lebanon. Ben Apfel also spoke to another group of members on “From boys to men in 10 minutes: How Israeli children become guardians of the State of Israel”.  Bushey chair Paul Mendelsohn described the talks as “moving, enlightening and instructive”.

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260 attend celebration of Israel’s 60th

July 3, 2008
A capacity audience of 260 people attended a celebration of Israel’s 60th birthday organised jointly by the local Representative Council and Israel Information Centre. Guest of honour Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor spoke about the political situation in the Middle East while Anav Silverman of the Sderot Media Centre told guests about the situation in Sderot. The event was held at Central Synagogue.

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First barmitzvah for Shenley United community

July 3, 2008
The five-year-old Shenley United community has celebrated its first barmitzvah — that of JFS and former Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupil Alexander Pasha, described as “the oldest Jewish boy in the village”. Alexander read his portion in front of 150 people, treble the normal congregation, in the shul’s temporary premises.  His parents Stuart and Sharon were among the first families to move into the Shenley development with their then baby daughter Gabriella, now 15. They have been stalwarts of the community from the outset.

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90 people gather for writing of the last letters of a new Sefer Torah

July 3, 2008
More than 90 people gathered in Silverstone Court, Birmingham’s Jewish sheltered-housing complex, for the writing of the last letters of a new Sefer Torah for Andrew Cohen Synagogue. When completed, the Torah scroll was carried under a chupah to Andrew Cohen House, accompanied by music and dancing. The scroll was greeted by the residents and taken into the care home’s synagogue where a service of induction was held.

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London school collects goods for Gifts in Kind scheme

July 3, 2008
Pupils from North West London Jewish Day School have been collecting toiletries and stationery to be distributed through World Jewish Relief’s Gifts in Kind scheme. Other charitable initiatives have included raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and an Israeli medical centre.

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Chatham Memorial Synagogue hosts stag party for Brighton-based solicitor

July 3, 2008
Members of Chatham Memorial Synagogue hosted a stag party for Jonathan Gilmour, a Brighton-based solicitor who is marrying Sharon Addlestone of Leeds. The nine men wanted to celebrate Mr Gilmour’s marriage with a weekend away from home but within reach of a synagogue in order to attend Shabbat services.

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Welcome additions to Jewish Military Museum

July 3, 2008
Ajex’s Jewish Military Museum has welcomed two major additions. Leah Segal has donated her late husband Ben’s Military Cross medal group, awarded for service with the elite Long Range Desert Group in North Africa, where he spent months behind enemy lines. Eileen Wiseman, widow of John Wiseman, presented his MC and Croix de Guerre medals. He served with the SAS in North Africa, Italy and France.

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Belfast Jewish community invited to Stormont to celebrate Israel’s 60th

July 3, 2008
Members of the Belfast Jewish community were invited to Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament Building, to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary. The evening was organised by the Irish branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and hosted by Jeffrey Donaldson MP. More than 200 people were entertained with an evening of dance and music. The guest speaker was Israel’s Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony.

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Two new Sifrei Torah dedicated at Queenshill Synagogue

July 3, 2008

Two new Sifrei Torah were dedicated at Queenshill Synagogue. The final letters were written at the Zone Youth Club, witnessed by 150 guests from as far afield as Gateshead, London, Manchester and Israel. The scrolls were then carried through the streets to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, which houses the shul, with lots of singing and dancing. In the evening a celebratory dinner was held at the MAZCC.

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Rabbi Nancy Morris speaks at opening of new session of Scottish Parliament

July 3, 2008
Rabbi Nancy Morris, minister of Glasgow Reform Synagogue, was the guest speaker at the opening of the new session of the Scottish Parliament. Called “A Time for Reflection”, a talk is given in the main Parliament chamber in Edinburgh at the start of each monthly session. Rabbi Morris, who offered a religious perspective on national pride, said it had been a great honour to be there and to speak.

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