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Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation's oldest member passes away

May 23, 2008

Minnie Mickler, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March, died last week, after a short stay in hospital. She was the oldest member of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation and had lived at home. In paying tribute to his mother, Tony Mickler said: “She had a wonderful long life and lived independently almost to the end.” Rabbi Dovid Lewis said: “Mrs Mickler had so many memories, it was fascinating to discuss these with her.”

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Volunteer shortage for the mentally ill

May 23, 2008

Lady Jakabovits, wife of the late Chief Rabbi, was told of the need for more volunteers to work with the mentally ill when she visited the Jewish Care residential home in Mapesbury Road, Willesden. Home manager Anthea Jones said: “It was lovely. Lady J sat in the lounge and spoke to the residents, asking about their backgrounds, where they used to live and how long they had been in the home.”

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Langside Hebrew Congregation sold for housing

May 23, 2008

Langside Hebrew Congregation is to be sold to Arklet Housing Association. Shul chairman Jack Levingstone said that the Niddrie Road congregation, down to 120 members from 600 in its heyday, needed a smaller synagogue. Arklet plans, subject to planning permission, to build 18 flats on the site. Funding will be provided by Glasgow Department of Regeneration Services and Arklet.

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200+ attend Israel 60 bash

May 23, 2008

More than 200 people attended a celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary in Cambridge. Activities included choral and musical events. The climax of the party was the lighting of six candles — one for each decade — on Jonathan Allin’s 3D menorah. The event, held at Mayfield School, was organised by Shoshana Squires and Jenny Culank, with the help of a support committee. Sponsors included the university’s Jewish and Israeli societies.

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Joint celebration for Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 23, 2008

A joint event was held in Norwich to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. The Norwich Hebrew Congregation and the Progressive Jewish Community of East Anglia arranged a klezmer concert and Israeli buffet which was attended by more than 70 people. The celebrations attracted the community’s first visit from the police, with the attendance of two community officers wanting to get to know local communities. Almost £700 was raised for Magen David Adom.

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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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