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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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Leonard Cohen tickets up for grabs

June 6, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care has two tickets to auction for the Leonard Cohen concert on June 17 at the Opera House. This is a special event in advance of the 2009 International Festival. To bid for the tickets, contact Shelley Blackston, MJCC fundraising executive, on 0161 740 0111. All proceeds in aid of The Nicky Alliance Day Centre.

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Memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz

June 6, 2008

More than 200 Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue members attended a memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz, who died in January, aged 77. United Synagogue leaders joined the congregation and a letter was read out from Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, recalling Rev Graniewitz’s “passion and pride in Judaism and the Jewish people. He had the ability to empathise and to bring a smile to faces in difficult times.” Tributes were also paid by Stanmore senior minister Rabbi Mendel Lew and Rev Graniewitz’s sons David and Steven.

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The grand Scopus of Berman's batmitzvah

June 6, 2008

Natalie Berman had a belated batmitzvah ceremony at Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, after taking part in the FZY year scheme. The 19-year-old from Stanmore said it was “a wonderful experience. It meant a lot to me that my mum flew out for it. I can’t read Hebrew very well so it was a real achievement that I did not make any mistakes.”

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String quartet entertains Lauderdale House

June 6, 2008

There was a sell-out audience at Lauderdale House for a performance by John Babbs and the Helikon String Quartet, with operatic contributions by Anna Koukoullis, organised by the North London NACC committee. The event realised over £1,000 towards research into Crohn’s and colitis and equipment for the Whittington Hospital.

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Hilton manager new synagogue chairman

June 6, 2008

Watford Hilton general manager Brian Levy is the new chairman of Watford and District Synagogue. Mr Levy and his wife Esther joined the “small and friendly community” in 2001 and have been active in management and fundraising roles. Describing the congregation as “one of Hertfordshire’s best-kept secrets”, Mr Levy said his goal was to “raise our profile and encourage new members”.

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Pre-schoolers attend lag b'omer parade

June 6, 2008

A lag b’omer parade starting from the UK Lubavitch headquarters involved the movement’s kindergartens and schools. Civic and Lubavitch leaders were also present. The children marched along Stamford Hill carrying banners on Jewish themes and singing traditional songs.

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