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Coffee morning hightlights Emunah mission

May 30, 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 30, 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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Sybil Wayne attends Sinclair House ceremony

May 30, 2008

Sybil Wayne, 93, a member of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, was invited to attend a ceremony at Sinclair House, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. At the event, Jewish Care joined forces with Ajex to pay tribute to civilians who served as fire fighters with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. As the journey was too much for her, Mrs Wayne received her certificate by post.

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Low turnout for Judeo-Christian lecture

May 30, 2008

Some 25 people attended a talk organised by the Jewish Historical Society. The talk, entitled “The parting of the ways”, of Judaism and Christianity, was given by the minister of Hove Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Vivian Silverman, at Ralli Hall.

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Surrey synagogue opens it's doors

May 23, 2008

North West Surrey Synagogue welcomed local officials, educators and members of the police force to an open day. The occasion was part of the local Elmbridge borough’s “Get Out and About” festival. In addition to viewing an exhibition of Judaica and a display featuring the contributions that NWSS members have made both to the Jewish and the wider community, visitors heard minister Rabbi Jackie Tabick speak on the shul’s history.

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Students exchange ideas at chaplaincy board

May 23, 2008

More than 100 people attended an EGM for the Midland Region Chaplaincy Board. At the meeting, held at the Joseph Cohen Hall, students from across the region were able to exchange ideas. Reporting on the current chaplain, Rabbi Fishel Cohen and his wife Esther, Samy Katz, 21, a student at Warwick University, said: “The Cohens are a great support for Jewish students on campus and have helped us to co-ordinate many events.”

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National Heritage given tour of Singers Hill

May 23, 2008

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation hosted delegates from English Heritage in preparation for this year’s Heritage Day events. The shul’s heritage representative, Warren Lessar, gave the delegates a tour of Singers Hill, which is known as one of the country’s “cathedral synagogues”. The delegates included members of local historical and religious groups who are planning the open days, which will take place in the autumn.

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Second barmitzvah for Michael Coleman

May 23, 2008

The second barmitzvah of Michael Coleman took place at Dublin Hebrew Congregation. The 83-year-old was born in Dublin and is a life-long supporter of the community and Israel. The service was attended by both the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, and the Chief Rabbi, Yakov Pearlman, who paid tribute to Mr Coleman’s work for the community. Until a few months ago, Mr Coleman served as public relations officer in the Chief Rabbi of Ireland’s office.

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Student chaplain recieves Honorary Life Membership

May 23, 2008

Student chaplain Rabbi Natan Levy has been awarded the highest award that a student union can give. Rabbi Levy has received Honorary Life Membership to the University of Bristol Student Union for his services to students. Upon accepting the award, Rabbi Levy recalled how he worked with the Islamic Society to lobby for the Bristol Union to sell both kosher and halal food.

Rabbi Levy has been serving the South West for the past three years.

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The curse of Bristol's Hebrew Congregation

May 23, 2008

Within the space of a fortnight, five members of the Bristol community have all seriously injured a limb. Bristol Hebrew Congregation members Sheila Tobias, Helen Vegoda and John Adler all broke a bone, while Ivor Saltman fell off his bike and sustained a serious sprain. Scott Vanger, a pupil at Clifton College, broke a wrist. “Members of the community are wondering if someone up there is trying to tell us something,” said Mr Adler.

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