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Jewish Deaf Association celebrates centre's anniversary

June 20, 2008
Around 55 members of the Jewish Deaf Association joined 20 staff and VIP visitors for a day of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the organisation’s move to its present, purpose-built community centre in North Finchley. Established over 55 years ago, the charity was originally based in Stamford Hill but outgrew its site and in 1998 moved to North London.

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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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Jewish Federation volunteers visit head office

June 13, 2008

More than 40 of Manchester Jewish Federation’s volunteers visited the charity’s head office in Crumpsall for a morning of coffee and croissants to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week and to meet staff from The Fed’s new Time For You team. In thanking the volunteers, chief executive Karen Phillips said: “It’s great to know that you’re all part of The Fed family. People in our community would be lost without your support.”

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Bournemouth plans new Chabad property

June 13, 2008

Bournemouth Chabad has acquired premises near Lansdowne which it plans to transform into a Chabad house. The premises, which have been empty for several years, were formerly a Post Office.

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Fundraising DVD now online

June 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Federation has made a fundraising DVD available on its website. The resource, shown at the charity’s appeal dinner in April, was produced by Centre Screen Productions, and has actor David Fleeshman as its anchor presenter. The DVD was filmed at The Fed and in service users’ homes, and shows the organisation’s staff, service users and their families. See www.thefed.org.uk/the_fed_video.php

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