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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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Huge donations for Jewish Child's Day

June 13, 2008

More than £75,000 was raised from the annual dinner and cabaret of JCD (Jewish Child’s Day) at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel. Entertainment for the 200 guests was provided by the Bee Gees Experience and auction prizes included a New York holiday.

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Youth awards for community workers

June 13, 2008
Two youth awards were presented at a Representative Council meeting at Giffnock Synagogue. The Edward and Adele Woolfson award to honour young people’s community work was presented to Genna Barnett and Rhea Wolfson. Marsha Gladstone presented the Yoni Jesner award to Genna Barnett and Robbie Allon. The award is presented in memory of her 19-year-old son who was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel. It is given to those going to Israel on a gap year.

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Sinai School celebrates Hebrew-reading pupils

June 13, 2008

A ceremony was held at the Michael Sobell Sinai School for the 90 Year 1 pupils who have completed a Hebrew reading programme. The pupils also performed a medley of songs they had learned during the year and each received a siddur which they will use at morning prayers throughout their time at Sinai.

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Charity funds recieved from art exhibition

June 13, 2008
Volunteers Vivian Strang and Vivian Greenhill presented £13,250 to Jewish Care Scotland and Cosgrove Care. The cash was raised from a Mitzvah! art exhibition held in April. The two women, with a team of helpers, organised the new fundraiser at JCS’s day centre. Works of art were donated by 35 local artists and by Cosgrove and JCS arts groups. Mrs Strang said: “We are delighted the charities are benefiting from these funds.”

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Lib dem leader addresses sixth-formers

June 13, 2008

Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, Lord McNally, addressed Immanuel College sixth-formers as part of the “Peers in Schools” programme. Lord McNally discussed the relationship between the Commons and the Lords and some of the Bills currently going through Parliament.

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