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Christian Friends of Israel celebrate 60th

May 29, 2008

The local branch of Christian Friends of Israel attracted 60 people from the wider community to celebrate Israel’s 60th. The event, “Am Israel Hai!” was held at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Llandudno, and was arranged by Roy Thurley, the organisation’s local representative. The main speaker, Bernard Blank, recalled his experiences of travelling to Palestine from Manchester after the Second World War to fight in the War of Independence.

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Local professor appointed to Independent Safeguarding Authority

May 29, 2008

Professor Don Grubin has been appointed to sit on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which was created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. The Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation member is professor of psychiatry at Newcastle University and consultant forensic psychiatrist for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

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Civic Shabbat for Lord Mayor

May 29, 2008

A civic Shabbat for the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor Peter and Barbara Arnold, was held at the United Hebrew Congregation. Other dignitaries to attend included the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Mike Craik, Councillor John Shipley, leader of the City Council. Synagogue president Victor Gallant presented Councillor Arnold with a book, The Jewish World: 365 Days.

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Volunteers pack thousands of goods for Belarus

May 29, 2008

More than 50 volunteers packed 180 boxes of 3,600 donated goods to be sent to the Jewish community in Belarus. The event, held at Maccabi Brooklands, was a joint initiative between World Jewish Relief, Maccabi and the United Synagogue, with support from Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim and the Whitefield Jewish Youth Club. Rosalind Bluestone, who heads WJR’s Gifts in Kind programme, said: “The response was overwhelming.”

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Whitefield community visit Krakow

May 29, 2008

Nearly 100 members of the Whitefield community visited the historic city of Krakow. The trip was led by the minister of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, Rabbi Pinny Cohen and guest tour guide Simon Taylor. The visitors toured the Jewish quarter of Kazmierz, and visited the Krakow ghetto before travelling to Auschwitz. Participants included Yisrael Abelesz, a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, who recited kaddish.

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Murder mystery evening for Jewish Community Care

May 29, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care held a “Murder in the Big Brother House” at the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The 10 actors from the B’nai B’rith Cheshire Unity Players presented the murder mystery evening. More than 70 guests attended and raised £1,000 for the centre.

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Open day for Deane Road Jewish Cemetery

May 29, 2008

Deane Road Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Liverpool, is to have an open day on June 18. Merseyside Jewish community and the wider community are to be invited to view this Liverpool landmark. For further information, contact Princes Road Old Hebrew Congregation on 0151 709 3431.

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Cannes showing for local filmmaker

May 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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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