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

July 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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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Eastbourne Hebrew Congregation holds Shavuot service

June 20, 2008

Eastbourne Hebrew Congregation held a Shavuot service led by congregant Zaki Mizrachi. The service at the Susans Road synagogue was followed by a party and dinner and was attended by 30 people.

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Steyning Festival 2008 sees two sell-out Theatre Trails

June 20, 2008

Stephen Israel, 44, organised two sell-out Theatre Trails as part of the Steyning Festival 2008. Mr Israel, who lives in East Chiltington, organised a walking tour in which actors portrayed various well-known characters who once lived locally. They included the artist Hannah Gluckstein, who lived in Steyning for 30 years, and the poet Victor Neuburg, known as Vicky Bird, who lived in the East Sussex town for 15 years.

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Holocaust's ethical implications discussed

June 20, 2008

Dr Eric Litwak, who lectures in philosophy at the International Study Centre in Herstmonceaux, addressed the Hastings and District Jewish Society on “The Ethical Implications of the Holocaust”. Around 30 people attended the event which followed the society’s monthly Friday night service at the High Smith Hall, Bexhill.

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Brighton Lubavitch organises ice-cream kiddush

June 20, 2008
Some 60 people attended a Shavuot ice-cream kiddush at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation’s West Hove Synagogue. The service was followed by a picnic held in a marquee. Both events were organised by Brighton Lubavitch.

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Children have first Shabbaton at Normandie Hotel

June 20, 2008
Thirty two children from Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary’s Year Six took part in their first Shabbaton at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth. Led by teachers Chani Salamon and Rabbi Moshe Feldman, the children’s activities included lessons on the sedrah of the week and chumash. Other activities included ski bobbing, water rides, seawater paddling and a barbeque on the beach.

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Young Wizo lunches at the Wolfson Centre

June 20, 2008

Belfast Young Wizo held its annual luncheon at the Wolfson Centre. The occasion included celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel at which the guest speaker was Paul Clark, a presenter from Ulster TV. Chairman Margaret Black said: “We were delighted with the turnout of 60 guests, with some people coming from Dublin as well as from Manchester.” The event raised £800 for Wizo projects in Israel.

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Eschet chayil award goes to Women's Weel captain

June 20, 2008

The recipients of Reading Hebrew Congregation’s eshet chayil award were Rosalie LeJeune and Janette Sassoon. Mrs LeJeune has been a member of Reading Wizo for many years and has been Women’s Week captain for the past 18 years. Mrs Sassoon was, until recently, a member of the board of management with special responsibility for the youth and cheder. The service also marked the first Yomtov service held by RHC’s new Rabbi, Zvi Solomons.

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