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Sinai School celebrates Hebrew-reading pupils

June 13, 2008

A ceremony was held at the Michael Sobell Sinai School for the 90 Year 1 pupils who have completed a Hebrew reading programme. The pupils also performed a medley of songs they had learned during the year and each received a siddur which they will use at morning prayers throughout their time at Sinai.

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Charity funds recieved from art exhibition

June 13, 2008
Volunteers Vivian Strang and Vivian Greenhill presented £13,250 to Jewish Care Scotland and Cosgrove Care. The cash was raised from a Mitzvah! art exhibition held in April. The two women, with a team of helpers, organised the new fundraiser at JCS’s day centre. Works of art were donated by 35 local artists and by Cosgrove and JCS arts groups. Mrs Strang said: “We are delighted the charities are benefiting from these funds.”

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Lib dem leader addresses sixth-formers

June 13, 2008

Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, Lord McNally, addressed Immanuel College sixth-formers as part of the “Peers in Schools” programme. Lord McNally discussed the relationship between the Commons and the Lords and some of the Bills currently going through Parliament.

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Deaths at sea remembered

June 13, 2008

More than 200 people attended Crawford Art Gallery to hear Rabbi Morton Shein speak about “The Response of the Cork Hebrew Congregation to the Lusitania Disaster”. He explained how Cork Chevra Kadisha members identified Jewish victims of the May 7 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. A memorial ceremony was held at Cork Jewish Cemetery for the unveiling of a monument to three Jewish crew members who drowned in the sinking.

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Strong turnout for Ruislip supper quiz

June 13, 2008

Eighty people contested Ruislip Synagogue’s annual supper quiz, raising around £500 to be split between the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women and shul funds. Eric Pepper was quizmaster.

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Belfast community president resigns

June 13, 2008
Ronnie Appleton QC, president of the Belfast Jewish Community for the past 14 years, has resigned. Addressing the annual meeting, Mr Appleton said: “Having reached the age of 80 I think it’s time I took it a bit easier, but I will still make my contribution to the Belfast community.” He added: “I have enjoyed serving the Belfast Jewish Community into which I was born, which I love and of which I am justly proud.”

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Basic Hebrew course launched in Edgware

June 13, 2008

A term-time barmitzvah and batmitzvah course is being launched by Edgware Synagogue. Taught by Rabbi David Lister, it will run for a year. Participants are expected to be able to read Hebrew and possess basic Jewish knowledge.

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Ralli Hall lunches open to all

June 13, 2008
The twice-weekly lunches for the elderly at the Ralli Hall Day Centre are to be extended to include any member of the Jewish community. Suzanne Collins, Day Centre organiser, said: “These are the only kosher meals available in our city and we have found that there is a great demand for them.” The lunches, priced at £7, are supplied by Eurest, kosher caterers to Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House.

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Praise for Southgate ladies

June 13, 2008

Michelle Josephs and Naomi Cohen are Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue’s ladies of the year, selected by the board of management. Ms Josephs was instrumental in establishing a Sunday coffee shop, a forum for young people “to explore their Judaism and spirituality in a friendly environment”. Mrs Cohen has run a toddler group, organised social and educational events and devotes a great deal of time to the Keshet nursery.

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Park acknowledges Jewish heritage

June 13, 2008

A leaflet marking the centenary of St Ann’s Well Gardens notes that the park owes its existence to two Jewish benefactors. In 1908, several businessmen offered the then owner, D’Avigdor Goldsmid, £26,000 for the site but he refused and sold the land to Hove Council for £10,000, for a public park. The leaflet also notes that Flora Sassoon bought land from the Goldsmid estate and donated it to the council in 1913, on condition that it was added to the park.

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