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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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Christian Friends of Israel celebrate 60th

May 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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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Rosh Pinah Primary raise money for Emunah with balloon launch

May 23, 2008

A balloon launch at Rosh Pinah Primary helped mark Israel’s Independence Day and raise almost £700 for Emunah. Pupils paid for the balloons and a prize will go the owner of the one found to have travelled the greatest distance. The cash will pay for toys and books for children in Emunah centres in Israel.

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Northern Jewish artists have work exhibited

May 23, 2008

Keren Or and JNF UK attracted 200 people to the preview night of their art exhibition at South Manchester Synagogue to view the work of northern Jewish artists. The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Bernard Sharpe, opened the exhibition. Lorraine Palastrand, JNF senior campaign executive, said: “We are delighted that the community have supported this event in such large numbers.”

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Yeshurun Synagogue trial second service

May 23, 2008

Responding to congregants’ requests, Edgware Yeshurun Synagogue has introduced an experimental second Monday-to Friday shacharit service at 8am — an hour later than its primary morning service starting at 6.50 or 7am. The move acknowledges that there are now more would-be worshippers who work locally, or are retired, who do not need to get up quite so early. Yeshurun president Russell Grossman said the additional service was proving popular: “It’s a measure of the growth of our community.”

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Camp Simchah take children to Camelot

May 23, 2008

Camp Simcha, the charity that helps Jewish children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, ran its first outing for children from Manchester with a trip to Camelot amusement park. The 16 children, from the ages of five to 15, each with their own volunteer, were treated to an adventure at the Lancashire theme park. Pearl Lopian, who was recently appointed as Camp Simcha family liaison officer for Manchester, described the outing as a success.

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Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s grand 60th celebrations

May 23, 2008

More than 100 guests were at Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s grand celebration party for Israel at 60, which included a live audio link to Danny Fesler, head of the Leo Baeck Education Centre in Haifa. Over £700 was raised for Israeli charities.

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Queenshill hosts Housing Association Shabbat

May 23, 2008

The annual Housing Association Shabbat took place at Queenshill Synagogue. The congregation of about 70 people included the chairman of the Leeds Jewish Housing Association, Arnold Zermansky and members of the committee. The service was conducted by Reverend Stanley Abrahams, Alan Preston and Avraham Serfaty.

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