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£100k raised for Leo Baeck College

June 20, 2008
The Kaufmann memorial lecture and dinner — hosted by Leo Baeck College — raised more than £100,000 for the college. Some 120 guests heard Martin Goodman, professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, speak on “Fanaticism, Disaster and Accommodation: Religion and the Revolts against Rome”. LBC principal Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein said the event demonstrated a commitment both to serious inquiry, and to LBC’s training of rabbis.

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Jewish and Muslim schools visit East End

June 20, 2008

Year Six boys from Simon Marks Jewish Primary and Tahwid Muslim School, both based in Hackney, embarked on an East End trip. They visited historical landmarks and took part in a group session, where the boys engaged in a discussion about their cultures. Mark Garfield, assistant head at Simon Marks, said: “This is the first time our schools have had any interaction and it proved to be a positive experience.”

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Joint Christain and Jewish celebration of Israel's 60th

June 20, 2008

An “Israel at 60” event organised by South London Council of Christians and Jews at South London Synagogue featured a dialogue between Rabbi Philip Ginsbury and Canon Bill Norman, who reflected on their visits to Israel. Canon Norman also recalled that the year before Israel’s establishment he had served with the British Army in Gaza.

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Nursery and school team up for fun day

June 20, 2008

Pupils from Kisharon’s Tuffkid nursery teamed up with Kisharon day school for a fun day. Entertainment included a clown, funfair games, face-painting and a food stall. Kisharon’s Rabbi Yitzchak Freeman said he enjoyed seeing the nursery and school pupils getting together.

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Vohs swims for Israeli terror victim

June 20, 2008

Matthew Vohs of Finchley completed a 10km swim under the auspices of JNF partner organisation One Family at the RAC Club to raise £7,000 for Israeli terror victim Miri Ben Naim. The swim took five hours, and Mr Voh said: “I feel exhausted and my body is hurting. But this is nothing to what Miri has suffered. I am pleased to have raised money for such a deserving cause.”

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Leeds duo to run London arts show

By John Fisher, June 20, 2008

Two Leeds women are to run an arts festival to attract young people into a London theatre to experience the venue as a centre of performance.

The scheme got under way when Leeds-born directors Emma Gordon and Alexa Christopher-Daniels introduced their project, Twenty 2e7en, to young arts professionals at the New End Theatre in Hampstead in January.

Following the  event, a core company was established comprising 12 directors, performers and designers. As a result, Ms Gordon and Ms Christopher-Daniels have created the two-day festival at the theatre.

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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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