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Former BHHC minister returns to officiate synagogue

June 6, 2008

Rabbi Hershel Rader, formerly of Woodside Park Synagogue, will be officiating at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation’s West Hove Synagogue for the next two months. “We welcome both him and his family to Hove,” said Ivan Lyons, a member of BHHC’s board of directors. Rabbi Pesach Efune retired from his post as minister to BHHC last year.

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Cannes success for Ross Boyask's Ten Dead Men

June 6, 2008

Hove-based Ross Boyask, 33, has returned a happy man from the Cannes Film Festival where his gangster film Ten Dead Men was screened. “It’s been tremendous,” he enthused. “We’ve received great reviews and interest from American, UK, French and Japanese distributors.” Among the stars of the 90-minute film are Lee Littleford Evans, formerly of the singing group Steps, Silvio Simac, a martial-arts expert, and actor Doug Bradley.

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Artshul exhibition a success

June 6, 2008

Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue received a good turnout when almost 650 visitors attended its Artshul exhibition. This was the first time that the shul had participated in the Artists’ Open House scheme which was part of last month’s Brighton Festival. The shul was open for the four Sundays of the May festival. Organiser Jess Wood said: “I am delighted. We opened our doors to the public and they responded magnificently.”

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Freemasons attend Service of Thanksgiving

June 6, 2008

Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation hosted a Service of Thanksgiving. The 200 guests included members of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Royal Arch Freemasons. The service had been the idea of synagogue warden Tony Cooper, who recently became a companion of Royal Arch, and synagogue co-treasurers Alan Berman and Laurence Guyer, who both hold senior provincial rank in Royal Arch.

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New Glasgow-based Jewish website launched

June 6, 2008

To keep the community better informed, a jewishinglasgow.net website is about to be launched. The aim is to include details for every Jewish group in the city and a communal diary. Website originator
Richard Dover urged local organisations to make sure they were listed and invited ideas for additional content. The venture is supported by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.

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Jewish Care Scotland mark 150th anniversary

June 6, 2008

A civic reception was staged by Glasgow City Council at the City Chambers to mark the 150th anniversary of Jewish Care Scotland. Staff, volunteers and clients of the charity were among the 150 guests. Jewish Care Scotland chair Maureen Solomons presented the council with copies of A Caring Community, a book by volunteer Sharon Barron tracing the charity’s history.

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Hebrew Congregation host Leeds Jewish Blind Society

June 6, 2008

Fifty members of Leeds Jewish Blind Society were guests of Harrogate Hebrew Congregation when the shul’s ladies committee organised a luncheon in their honour. This is the 52nd year the committee has invited LJBS members and Avril Gaunt, the society’s social welfare officer, praised the shul. “They are always welcoming and caring and everyone had a wonderful afternoon,” she said.

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School discussion group proves popular

June 6, 2008

A sixth-form discussion group has proved popular with Jewish pupils at Leeds Grammar School. The Leeds Lubavitch project, which takes place every Thursday, has attracted some 15 boys for discussions on topics ranging from binge-drinking to tattooing. Head Jewish boys Edward Bergen and Rafi Goodwin co-ordinate the sessions.

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Leeds Jewish youth club planning 80th celebrations

June 6, 2008

Preparations are underway for a reunion to celebrate the Leeds Jewish youth club scene. Next year Leeds Judean Club for Boys and Girls will celebrate its 80th anniversary and the Zone youth club its 10th, and to commemorate a party will be held in February. Organiser Tony Reynolds, who met his wife Ingrid at the Judean, said: “We need to track down senior members in our community who belonged to the legendary club.” Email: info@1zone.org.uk

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Cheetham's president to attend Queen's garden party

June 6, 2008

Bernard Stone, president of Cheetham Hebrew Congregation, has been nominated by Manchester Jewish Representative Council to attend the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace. He will be accompanied by his brother Philip. The shul is housed in the Manchester Jewish Community Centre.

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