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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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Youth Direct's large Jewish literature collection

June 6, 2008

Youth Direct’s new library at its Manor Road centre offers a large selection of Yiddish and Hebrew books. Youth Direct’s James Field said: “There are more than 8,000 young people in the Hackney and Haringey Jewish community and many do not access public libraries. We hope providing an opportunity for young boys to borrow books to take home and giving them the space to explore Jewish literature in a socially accepting environment will encourage them to read.”

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Pupils involved in Eastern Europe charity

June 6, 2008

Sixty year six Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupils are involved in a project backing World Jewish Relief’s Gifts in Kind programme, collecting clothes and stationery for distribution to children in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.

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Edgware Synagogue hears of hospital's terror plight

June 6, 2008

In a joint Jerusalem Day venture, Edgware Masorti Synagogue and the Zionist Federation presented “Ashkelon under fire”. The speaker was Lea Malul of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Centre, who explained how the hospital coped with the constant threat of terror. Barzilai is fundraising for a protected underground facility for patients as its buildings are not fortified against rocket attacks.

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Edgware Reform visits Lithuania

June 6, 2008

Four dozen Edgware Reform members went on a five-day trip to Vilnius where they visited sites of Jewish interest. Some of them also used the visit to trace the Lithuanian roots of relatives.

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