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Praise for Southgate ladies

June 13, 2008

Michelle Josephs and Naomi Cohen are Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue’s ladies of the year, selected by the board of management. Ms Josephs was instrumental in establishing a Sunday coffee shop, a forum for young people “to explore their Judaism and spirituality in a friendly environment”. Mrs Cohen has run a toddler group, organised social and educational events and devotes a great deal of time to the Keshet nursery.

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Park acknowledges Jewish heritage

June 13, 2008

A leaflet marking the centenary of St Ann’s Well Gardens notes that the park owes its existence to two Jewish benefactors. In 1908, several businessmen offered the then owner, D’Avigdor Goldsmid, £26,000 for the site but he refused and sold the land to Hove Council for £10,000, for a public park. The leaflet also notes that Flora Sassoon bought land from the Goldsmid estate and donated it to the council in 1913, on condition that it was added to the park.

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Jewish Care staff learn to relax

June 13, 2008
Staff at Jewish Care’s head office enjoyed neck, back, shoulders and arms massage from visiting therapists as part of the national Learning at Work day. “We’ve had excellent feedback,” said the charity’s Sharon Rose. “Everyone found it very relaxing and we have planned further sessions.”

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Police learn about Judaism

June 13, 2008

The CST publication A Police Officer’s Guide to Judaism prompted Dorset Police to inquire how it could develop its links with the community. Around 40 police officers attended a meeting at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation where they questioned a panel made up of rabbis Adrian Jesner, Neal Amswych, Jenny Goldfried Amswych and Yossi Alperowitz about Judaism.

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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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Golf day raises £15,000

June 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care’s annual golf day raised £15,000 for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The event, held at Whitefield Golf Club, was sponsored by Beaverbrooks jewellers. Some 72 competitors took part.

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Honour for community festival organiser

June 13, 2008

A pioneer of inter-community friendship has been honoured at a ceremony at his Crumpsall home. Alan Ross, 63, who is too ill to receive the accolade in public, was founder chairman of Community Understanding, whose “festivals” brought together hundreds of people from across ethnic divides. Barbara Goldstone, president of the Jewish Representative Council, presented Mr Ross with a certificate marking some 35 years of communal work.

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Jewish pupils see Red

June 13, 2008

School assemblies were a sea of red last week when local Jewish pupils participated in Manchester Jewish Federation’s annual Red Fed Day. On the day children and young people are encouraged to bring in £1 for The Fed and to come to school wearing something red. Marketing officer Joyce Khan explained that Fed staff attended school assemblies to tell children about the charity’s work.

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