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The grand Scopus of Berman's batmitzvah

June 6, 2008

Natalie Berman had a belated batmitzvah ceremony at Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, after taking part in the FZY year scheme. The 19-year-old from Stanmore said it was “a wonderful experience. It meant a lot to me that my mum flew out for it. I can’t read Hebrew very well so it was a real achievement that I did not make any mistakes.”

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String quartet entertains Lauderdale House

June 6, 2008

There was a sell-out audience at Lauderdale House for a performance by John Babbs and the Helikon String Quartet, with operatic contributions by Anna Koukoullis, organised by the North London NACC committee. The event realised over £1,000 towards research into Crohn’s and colitis and equipment for the Whittington Hospital.

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Hilton manager new synagogue chairman

June 6, 2008

Watford Hilton general manager Brian Levy is the new chairman of Watford and District Synagogue. Mr Levy and his wife Esther joined the “small and friendly community” in 2001 and have been active in management and fundraising roles. Describing the congregation as “one of Hertfordshire’s best-kept secrets”, Mr Levy said his goal was to “raise our profile and encourage new members”.

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Pre-schoolers attend lag b'omer parade

June 6, 2008

A lag b’omer parade starting from the UK Lubavitch headquarters involved the movement’s kindergartens and schools. Civic and Lubavitch leaders were also present. The children marched along Stamford Hill carrying banners on Jewish themes and singing traditional songs.

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Youth Direct's large Jewish literature collection

June 6, 2008

Youth Direct’s new library at its Manor Road centre offers a large selection of Yiddish and Hebrew books. Youth Direct’s James Field said: “There are more than 8,000 young people in the Hackney and Haringey Jewish community and many do not access public libraries. We hope providing an opportunity for young boys to borrow books to take home and giving them the space to explore Jewish literature in a socially accepting environment will encourage them to read.”

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Zaka donated rapid rescue motorcycle

June 2, 2008

North London residents Gillian and Irving Carter donated a rapid rescue motorcycle to Zaka in honour of their grandson Asher’s barmitzvah. At a dedication ceremony in Tel Aviv, David Rose, executive director of the British Friends of Zaka, said: ”Thanks to your generous donation, Zaka volunteers are able to get to an accident in the fastest possible time.”

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Douglas Murray addresses Israel at 60 lunch

May 30, 2008

Author, political commentator and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Douglas Murray, addressed an Israel at 60 lunch at Golders Green Synagogue on how the nation is portrayed in the political world. Young community members gave readings about Israel’s creation and  Zionist Federation chairman and Golders Green congregant Andrew Balcombe presided.

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Joint celebration for Israel's 60th

May 30, 2008

A joint celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary was organised by the Oadby and Wigston Multicultural Group together with Leicester Hebrew Congregation and Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation. At the event, held at Parklands Leisure Centre, in Oadby, guest speaker John Levy, the director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East, talked about “The Six Decades of Statehood, Progress and Problems”.

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Local lunch scheme a success

May 30, 2008

The first Bushey Synagogue “Lunch for Locals” Shabbat attracted 110 members, who enjoyed an informal post-service meal while their children were looked after in the shul’s creche. The speaker was congregant and globe-trotting journalist Martin Benedyk, who recalled major international stories he had covered during his career.

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Jewish Museum director talks of redevelopment

May 30, 2008

The Jewish Historical Society hosted Rickie Burman, director of the Jewish Museum, who spoke about the redevelopment programme of the Camden Town site. Ms Burman’s presentation included a DVD that highlighted the role played by the museum across the Jewish and wider community. The event, held at the Old Post Office in Moseley, was attended by around 20 people. The expanded museum is due to reopen in June 2009.

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