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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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Dinner held for Marxist philosopher aand Chichele professor

June 6, 2008

Oxford University Chabad Society hosted a Shabbat dinner to mark the retirement of Marxist philosopher and Chichele professor of social and political theory Jerry Cohen. Montreal-born Professor Cohen — who studied under an illustrious Chichele professor, Sir Isaiah Berlin — delighted the 150 guests by reciting the first Yiddish poem he learnt at his communist cheder. Oxford University Chabad director Rabbi Eli Brackman chaired the dinner.

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Nine honoured for 60 years of support

June 6, 2008

Nine people who have been members of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue for more than 60 years attended a special Shabbat service and kiddush in their honour, where they were each presented with a white rose. Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah explained: “Just as Israel was born 60 years ago, so these people helped to revitalise local Jewish life in the diaspora.”

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Former BHHC minister returns to officiate synagogue

June 6, 2008

Rabbi Hershel Rader, formerly of Woodside Park Synagogue, will be officiating at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation’s West Hove Synagogue for the next two months. “We welcome both him and his family to Hove,” said Ivan Lyons, a member of BHHC’s board of directors. Rabbi Pesach Efune retired from his post as minister to BHHC last year.

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Cannes success for Ross Boyask's Ten Dead Men

June 6, 2008

Hove-based Ross Boyask, 33, has returned a happy man from the Cannes Film Festival where his gangster film Ten Dead Men was screened. “It’s been tremendous,” he enthused. “We’ve received great reviews and interest from American, UK, French and Japanese distributors.” Among the stars of the 90-minute film are Lee Littleford Evans, formerly of the singing group Steps, Silvio Simac, a martial-arts expert, and actor Doug Bradley.

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Artshul exhibition a success

June 6, 2008

Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue received a good turnout when almost 650 visitors attended its Artshul exhibition. This was the first time that the shul had participated in the Artists’ Open House scheme which was part of last month’s Brighton Festival. The shul was open for the four Sundays of the May festival. Organiser Jess Wood said: “I am delighted. We opened our doors to the public and they responded magnificently.”

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Freemasons attend Service of Thanksgiving

June 6, 2008

Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation hosted a Service of Thanksgiving. The 200 guests included members of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Royal Arch Freemasons. The service had been the idea of synagogue warden Tony Cooper, who recently became a companion of Royal Arch, and synagogue co-treasurers Alan Berman and Laurence Guyer, who both hold senior provincial rank in Royal Arch.

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