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Edgware Synagogue hears of hospital's terror plight

June 6, 2008

In a joint Jerusalem Day venture, Edgware Masorti Synagogue and the Zionist Federation presented “Ashkelon under fire”. The speaker was Lea Malul of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Centre, who explained how the hospital coped with the constant threat of terror. Barzilai is fundraising for a protected underground facility for patients as its buildings are not fortified against rocket attacks.

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Edgware Reform visits Lithuania

June 6, 2008

Four dozen Edgware Reform members went on a five-day trip to Vilnius where they visited sites of Jewish interest. Some of them also used the visit to trace the Lithuanian roots of relatives.

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Memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz

June 6, 2008

More than 200 Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue members attended a memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz, who died in January, aged 77. United Synagogue leaders joined the congregation and a letter was read out from Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, recalling Rev Graniewitz’s “passion and pride in Judaism and the Jewish people. He had the ability to empathise and to bring a smile to faces in difficult times.” Tributes were also paid by Stanmore senior minister Rabbi Mendel Lew and Rev Graniewitz’s sons David and Steven.

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The grand Scopus of Berman's batmitzvah

June 6, 2008

Natalie Berman had a belated batmitzvah ceremony at Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, after taking part in the FZY year scheme. The 19-year-old from Stanmore said it was “a wonderful experience. It meant a lot to me that my mum flew out for it. I can’t read Hebrew very well so it was a real achievement that I did not make any mistakes.”

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String quartet entertains Lauderdale House

June 6, 2008

There was a sell-out audience at Lauderdale House for a performance by John Babbs and the Helikon String Quartet, with operatic contributions by Anna Koukoullis, organised by the North London NACC committee. The event realised over £1,000 towards research into Crohn’s and colitis and equipment for the Whittington Hospital.

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Hilton manager new synagogue chairman

June 6, 2008

Watford Hilton general manager Brian Levy is the new chairman of Watford and District Synagogue. Mr Levy and his wife Esther joined the “small and friendly community” in 2001 and have been active in management and fundraising roles. Describing the congregation as “one of Hertfordshire’s best-kept secrets”, Mr Levy said his goal was to “raise our profile and encourage new members”.

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Pre-schoolers attend lag b'omer parade

June 6, 2008

A lag b’omer parade starting from the UK Lubavitch headquarters involved the movement’s kindergartens and schools. Civic and Lubavitch leaders were also present. The children marched along Stamford Hill carrying banners on Jewish themes and singing traditional songs.

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Zaka donated rapid rescue motorcycle

June 2, 2008

North London residents Gillian and Irving Carter donated a rapid rescue motorcycle to Zaka in honour of their grandson Asher’s barmitzvah. At a dedication ceremony in Tel Aviv, David Rose, executive director of the British Friends of Zaka, said: ”Thanks to your generous donation, Zaka volunteers are able to get to an accident in the fastest possible time.”

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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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Money raised for hospice

May 30, 2008

Members of Southend and District Reform Synagogue have responded to publicity in the local press highlighting a funding shortage at Westcliff’s Fair Havens Hospice. To raise funds, a supper quiz, which attracted more than 90 people, raised £900 for Fair Havens. Organisers included Sue Levitas, Denise and Ken Phillips and quizmaster Sybil Greenstein.

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