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Jewish Federation volunteers visit head office

June 13, 2008

More than 40 of Manchester Jewish Federation’s volunteers visited the charity’s head office in Crumpsall for a morning of coffee and croissants to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week and to meet staff from The Fed’s new Time For You team. In thanking the volunteers, chief executive Karen Phillips said: “It’s great to know that you’re all part of The Fed family. People in our community would be lost without your support.”

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Bournemouth plans new Chabad property

June 13, 2008

Bournemouth Chabad has acquired premises near Lansdowne which it plans to transform into a Chabad house. The premises, which have been empty for several years, were formerly a Post Office.

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Fundraising DVD now online

June 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Federation has made a fundraising DVD available on its website. The resource, shown at the charity’s appeal dinner in April, was produced by Centre Screen Productions, and has actor David Fleeshman as its anchor presenter. The DVD was filmed at The Fed and in service users’ homes, and shows the organisation’s staff, service users and their families. See www.thefed.org.uk/the_fed_video.php

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Golf day raises £15,000

June 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care’s annual golf day raised £15,000 for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The event, held at Whitefield Golf Club, was sponsored by Beaverbrooks jewellers. Some 72 competitors took part.

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Honour for community festival organiser

June 13, 2008

A pioneer of inter-community friendship has been honoured at a ceremony at his Crumpsall home. Alan Ross, 63, who is too ill to receive the accolade in public, was founder chairman of Community Understanding, whose “festivals” brought together hundreds of people from across ethnic divides. Barbara Goldstone, president of the Jewish Representative Council, presented Mr Ross with a certificate marking some 35 years of communal work.

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Jewish pupils see Red

June 13, 2008

School assemblies were a sea of red last week when local Jewish pupils participated in Manchester Jewish Federation’s annual Red Fed Day. On the day children and young people are encouraged to bring in £1 for The Fed and to come to school wearing something red. Marketing officer Joyce Khan explained that Fed staff attended school assemblies to tell children about the charity’s work.

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Primary pupils treat The Fed to tea

June 13, 2008

Around 30 members of The Fed’s monthly coffee-stop get-togethers were treated to a pre-Shavuot tea party by pupils of North Cheshire Primary School. The Fed’s Altrincham-based south branch holds coffee stops for up to 20 older and often isolated people from as far and wide as Wythenshawe, Sale, Bramhall and Didsbury. Volunteer co-ordinator Lynne Hammond said: “The kids had worked so hard. We cannot thank them enough.”

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Graduation for Talmud Taster course

June 13, 2008

A Florence Melton adult mini-school graduation ceremony was held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. Fifty people attended the presentation to see 12 students who have completed two years of study, and alumni who completed a short course in a Taster of the Talmud, receive their graduation certificates from Professor Leslie Wagner.

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Limelight Drama Group entertain leisure centre

June 13, 2008

Limelight Drama Group entertained some 60 people at the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol’s Leisure Club. The players gave a miscellany of readings presented by Carole Morris, Margaret Silver, Harry Venet, Judith Conway, Ruth Bush and Mamie Franks. The BHH Leisure Club, under the chairmanship of Bernard Williams, will next month be celebrating 19 years since its formation.

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Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue hears of drug issue

June 13, 2008
Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin from Drugsline Chabad addressed an audience of almost 100 people at Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue. Rabbi Sufrin spoke about why he started the East London counselling and educational service 17 years ago. He said: “No community is immune.” He urged his audience to remove any blinkers they might have on the drugs issue. The meeting was organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.

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