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Volunteers pack thousands of goods for Belarus

May 30, 2008

More than 50 volunteers packed 180 boxes of 3,600 donated goods to be sent to the Jewish community in Belarus. The event, held at Maccabi Brooklands, was a joint initiative between World Jewish Relief, Maccabi and the United Synagogue, with support from Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim and the Whitefield Jewish Youth Club. Rosalind Bluestone, who heads WJR’s Gifts in Kind programme, said: “The response was overwhelming.”

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Whitefield community visit Krakow

May 30, 2008

Nearly 100 members of the Whitefield community visited the historic city of Krakow. The trip was led by the minister of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, Rabbi Pinny Cohen and guest tour guide Simon Taylor. The visitors toured the Jewish quarter of Kazmierz, and visited the Krakow ghetto before travelling to Auschwitz. Participants included Yisrael Abelesz, a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, who recited kaddish.

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Murder mystery evening for Jewish Community Care

May 30, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care held a “Murder in the Big Brother House” at the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The 10 actors from the B’nai B’rith Cheshire Unity Players presented the murder mystery evening. More than 70 guests attended and raised £1,000 for the centre.

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Open day for Deane Road Jewish Cemetery

May 30, 2008

Deane Road Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Liverpool, is to have an open day on June 18. Merseyside Jewish community and the wider community are to be invited to view this Liverpool landmark. For further information, contact Princes Road Old Hebrew Congregation on 0151 709 3431.

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Cannes showing for local filmmaker

May 30, 2008

Young film director Simon Glass’s film, Yakov, My Boy — which premiered at Leeds International Performing Arts Festival last September — was shown as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner. Some 150 people from the community attended Etz Chaim Synagogue when the film’s barmitzvah sequence was shot last year. “It’s quite a leap going from Leeds to the Cannes Film Festival,” said Mr Glass, 22.

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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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