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Belfast community president resigns

June 13, 2008
Ronnie Appleton QC, president of the Belfast Jewish Community for the past 14 years, has resigned. Addressing the annual meeting, Mr Appleton said: “Having reached the age of 80 I think it’s time I took it a bit easier, but I will still make my contribution to the Belfast community.” He added: “I have enjoyed serving the Belfast Jewish Community into which I was born, which I love and of which I am justly proud.”

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Basic Hebrew course launched in Edgware

June 13, 2008

A term-time barmitzvah and batmitzvah course is being launched by Edgware Synagogue. Taught by Rabbi David Lister, it will run for a year. Participants are expected to be able to read Hebrew and possess basic Jewish knowledge.

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Ralli Hall lunches open to all

June 13, 2008
The twice-weekly lunches for the elderly at the Ralli Hall Day Centre are to be extended to include any member of the Jewish community. Suzanne Collins, Day Centre organiser, said: “These are the only kosher meals available in our city and we have found that there is a great demand for them.” The lunches, priced at £7, are supplied by Eurest, kosher caterers to Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House.

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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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