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Members vote for new synagogue council

June 20, 2008

Around 230 members voted for a new synagogue council at the annual meeting of the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation. In his address, shul president Alan Gershlick spoke of the year’s many successful functions. He also said that he was continuing to speak to Jewish Care about a joint venture with the charity for a community centre and new shul building. This would only be done with the approval of the shul membership, he said.

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Japenese documentary about local radio station

June 20, 2008

A Japanese TV company has been shooting a documentary in Bristol about the local Jewish-Muslim radio station Salaam-Shalom. As part of the project, the producer Yasuko Kobayashi — who works for NHK — wanted to film Orthodox prayer. She approached student chaplain Rabbi Natan Levy who was able to arrange the filming of an informal minyan that he organises for congregant Yoram Adani, whose who is saying kaddish for his father who died recently.

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Newcastle Partnership's chair steps down

June 20, 2008

Barry Speker, the longest-serving chair of the Newcastle Partnership, has stepped down from his role. The Newcastle Partnership — which brings together a range of public, private, community and voluntary sector groups — announced the news at its annual meeting. Mr Speker, a senior partner at law firm Samuel Phillips, has also been honorary solicitor for Newcaste United Hebrew Congregation for the past 17 years.

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Baby blessing after mussaf

June 20, 2008

After mussaf on the first day of Shavuot, Rabbi Dovid Lewis held a baby blessing service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. As well as blessing his own baby, Tzivia, he also blessed Benjamin Barnes, Rosie Davis, Lucy Gold and Raphael Gould.

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Hospice calls for drivers

June 20, 2008

A Leeds hospice is appealing for Jewish volunteer drivers. Mike Garnett, spokesman for Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields Hospice said that a shortage of volunteers means that the hospice has to pay for taxis to take patients to and from its day unit. “We prefer patients to be collected from home by trained volunteers. We would love to have more people from the Jewish community to help.” More information on 0113 278 7249.

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Leeds Peforming arts programme unveiled

June 20, 2008

The programme for the eighth Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival has been unveiled. The event, to be held at the Carriageworks Theatre from July 13-17, has a record number of shows. The 25-strong Tel Aviv Youth Performing Arts Academy troupe is back after its 2006 performance at the festival, and organisers are appealing for accommodation for the group. Contact Helen Frais at Helen@makor.co.uk

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Tea party for Simon's 100th

June 20, 2008

Leeds Jewish Housing Association held an afternoon tea party to celebrate the 100th birthday of tenant Joseph Simon. The party was held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. The LJHA also inaugurated a “Birthday Garden” which was opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Robinson, who planted a rose bush in honour of Mr Simon.

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Developer named Yorkshire Property Personality of the Year

June 20, 2008

A 61-year-old property developer and director of leading northern developers St James Securities has been named as Yorkshire Property Personality of the Year. Roland Stross, a sponsor of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre, said: “It is extremely humbling to receive such an award from one’s peers.” More than 800 property professionals attended the awards ceremony held at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate.

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Jewish Musem commemorates Anne Frank's birthday with school trip

June 20, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum commemorated what would have been Anne Frank’s 79th birthday by inviting pupils from across the North West to a special event on June 12. Pupils from Notre Dame High School; Manchester High School For Girls; Two Trees Sports College; and George Salter Collegiate Academy watched a documentary about Anne Frank and were addressed by Holocaust survivors.

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Anne Frank remebered with tree-planting

June 20, 2008

A commemorative tree to mark what would have been Anne Frank’s 79th birthday was planted in Holland Park by members of the Anne Frank Trust UK and local resident and food critic Michael Winner. Artist to the stars Cindy Lass also unveiled her painting of the chestnut tree that Anne described in her diary, which will go on show at the Enid Lawson Gallery prior to auction.

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