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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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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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Douglas Murray addresses Israel at 60 lunch

May 30, 2008

Author, political commentator and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Douglas Murray, addressed an Israel at 60 lunch at Golders Green Synagogue on how the nation is portrayed in the political world. Young community members gave readings about Israel’s creation and  Zionist Federation chairman and Golders Green congregant Andrew Balcombe presided.

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Joint celebration for Israel's 60th

May 30, 2008

A joint celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary was organised by the Oadby and Wigston Multicultural Group together with Leicester Hebrew Congregation and Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation. At the event, held at Parklands Leisure Centre, in Oadby, guest speaker John Levy, the director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East, talked about “The Six Decades of Statehood, Progress and Problems”.

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Local lunch scheme a success

May 30, 2008

The first Bushey Synagogue “Lunch for Locals” Shabbat attracted 110 members, who enjoyed an informal post-service meal while their children were looked after in the shul’s creche. The speaker was congregant and globe-trotting journalist Martin Benedyk, who recalled major international stories he had covered during his career.

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Jewish Museum director talks of redevelopment

May 30, 2008

The Jewish Historical Society hosted Rickie Burman, director of the Jewish Museum, who spoke about the redevelopment programme of the Camden Town site. Ms Burman’s presentation included a DVD that highlighted the role played by the museum across the Jewish and wider community. The event, held at the Old Post Office in Moseley, was attended by around 20 people. The expanded museum is due to reopen in June 2009.

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Beach-themed party for Young Magen David Adom

May 30, 2008

Young Magen David Adom celebrated Israel’s 60th anniversary “on the beach”— or at least at West End nightspot Graphic, which was decked out with surfboards, beach balls, buckets and spades. Waitresses in straw skirts weaved around palm trees to serve cocktails from coconuts. The party raised £6,000.

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