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

July 4, 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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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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Cream teas for Kehillate Kernow Jewish Community

June 20, 2008

Kehillat Kernow Jewish Community were invited to a cream tea by Exeter Hebrew Congregation on erev Shavuot. The congregations meet every Shavuot as Truro-based Kehillat Kernow has one of Exeter’s Torah scrolls on loan. In the morning, Shavuot was explained to the children who made decorations for the shul. Following the tea, an erev Shavuot service was held.

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Choir perform at shul's 30th anniversary

June 20, 2008

Choir members of Milton Keynes Reform Synagogue presented a “choral pearls” supper concert as part of the shul’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Choir leader Sheila Goldsmith and eight choir members entertained the 50 guests. Music was provided by choir member Alan Dryer. The event raised £515 for the choir.

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