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Cannes showing for local filmmaker

May 30, 2008

Young film director Simon Glass’s film, Yakov, My Boy — which premiered at Leeds International Performing Arts Festival last September — was shown as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner. Some 150 people from the community attended Etz Chaim Synagogue when the film’s barmitzvah sequence was shot last year. “It’s quite a leap going from Leeds to the Cannes Film Festival,” said Mr Glass, 22.

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Coffee morning hightlights Emunah mission

May 30, 2008

More than 40 people attended an Emunah coffee morning at the Talbot Woods home of Pearl Dale. A film about Emunah was shown and Mrs Dale spoke to the audience about her recent trip to Israel as part of an Emunah mission. The tour, she said, had shown her the need for Emunah’s facilities, particularly the counselling centre in Sderot, which was hit by a rocket attack less than an hour after the group’s visit. The event raised £350 for Emunah.

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Actress Vanessa Underwood addresses synagogue

May 30, 2008

Actress Vanessa Underwood addressed 30 members of Jacs at Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue. She spoke about the writer Virginia Woolf in a talk entitled “Tensions between joy and pain”. The shul also hosted another Jacs talk: Sidney Levine, a Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation member spoke about the Abayudaya, a Ugandan tribe which converted to Judaism in the 19th century.

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Sybil Wayne attends Sinclair House ceremony

May 30, 2008

Sybil Wayne, 93, a member of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, was invited to attend a ceremony at Sinclair House, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. At the event, Jewish Care joined forces with Ajex to pay tribute to civilians who served as fire fighters with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. As the journey was too much for her, Mrs Wayne received her certificate by post.

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Low turnout for Judeo-Christian lecture

May 30, 2008

Some 25 people attended a talk organised by the Jewish Historical Society. The talk, entitled “The parting of the ways”, of Judaism and Christianity, was given by the minister of Hove Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Vivian Silverman, at Ralli Hall.

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Jewish Care manager runner-up in charity award

May 30, 2008

Jewish Care legacy manager Alison Martin was a runner-up in the Legacy Officer of the Year award run by the Institute of Legacy Management, representing over 250 charities nationwide.  She has worked for the charity for nearly two years and said the recognition would “help keep Jewish Care firmly on the map as far as legacies are concerned. We want to encourage as many people as possible to remember Jewish Care in their wills.”

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District chairman hosts interfaith group

May 30, 2008

The chairman of Worthing and District Jewish Community, Barbara Gordon, and her husband Ian, hosted an interfaith group. Three students, one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim, were accompanied by local MP Peter Bottomley. They were part of a “Parlia-mentory” scheme to learn about each other’s religions. The Gordons took the opportunity to explain the significance of the mezuzah on their front door.

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Barnet Synagogue visit United Hatzalah charity

May 30, 2008

A group of Barnet Synagogue members visited the Israel offices of United Hatzalah, whose volunteers assist with medical emergencies. In addition to an ambulance donated some years ago, the Barnet Israel Group has given the service two defibrillators and the delegation was delighted to hear that one of the machines had saved the life of a man who had collapsed on the dancefloor at his son’s wedding. A United Hatzalah volunteer arrived on the scene within minutes and resuscitated him with the defibrillator.

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Former Department of Education advisor gives talk

May 30, 2008

Hastings and District Jewish Society attracted 30 people to a talk. The speaker, Velma Krever, spoke about her life and work. Now retired, she was a former schools adviser to the Department of Education for children with special needs. The event took place at the Hugh Smith Hall in Bexhill.

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Kingston Synagogue ladies hear of Ghana charity project

May 30, 2008

A young Kingston Synagogue member told its ladies’ guild’s annual meeting of her experiences as a volunteer in Ghana for the British-based charity, Tzedek. Hannah Freedman, 23, a Birmingham University psychology graduate, also helps out with Kingston Synagogue’s new Shalom nursery project.

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