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Rosh Pinah Primary raise money for Emunah with balloon launch

May 23, 2008

A balloon launch at Rosh Pinah Primary helped mark Israel’s Independence Day and raise almost £700 for Emunah. Pupils paid for the balloons and a prize will go the owner of the one found to have travelled the greatest distance. The cash will pay for toys and books for children in Emunah centres in Israel.

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Northern Jewish artists have work exhibited

May 23, 2008

Keren Or and JNF UK attracted 200 people to the preview night of their art exhibition at South Manchester Synagogue to view the work of northern Jewish artists. The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Bernard Sharpe, opened the exhibition. Lorraine Palastrand, JNF senior campaign executive, said: “We are delighted that the community have supported this event in such large numbers.”

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Yeshurun Synagogue trial second service

May 23, 2008

Responding to congregants’ requests, Edgware Yeshurun Synagogue has introduced an experimental second Monday-to Friday shacharit service at 8am — an hour later than its primary morning service starting at 6.50 or 7am. The move acknowledges that there are now more would-be worshippers who work locally, or are retired, who do not need to get up quite so early. Yeshurun president Russell Grossman said the additional service was proving popular: “It’s a measure of the growth of our community.”

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Camp Simchah take children to Camelot

May 23, 2008

Camp Simcha, the charity that helps Jewish children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, ran its first outing for children from Manchester with a trip to Camelot amusement park. The 16 children, from the ages of five to 15, each with their own volunteer, were treated to an adventure at the Lancashire theme park. Pearl Lopian, who was recently appointed as Camp Simcha family liaison officer for Manchester, described the outing as a success.

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Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s grand 60th celebrations

May 23, 2008

More than 100 guests were at Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s grand celebration party for Israel at 60, which included a live audio link to Danny Fesler, head of the Leo Baeck Education Centre in Haifa. Over £700 was raised for Israeli charities.

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Opera night for Bournemouth

By Corinne Rein, May 16, 2008

There was a classical feel to Bournemouth’s cross-communal Yom Atzmaut party with 430 guests filling the newly-refurbished Opera House in Boscombe for the first kosher event at the venue.

And it was a nostalgic night for the town’s mayor, Councillor Anne Filer, who recalled that she had chaired Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council at the time of Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Guests sat down to a meal catered by a large band of helpers organised by Katrina Webb.

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High hopes for ambitious eighth One Day Limmud

May 16, 2008

This year’s Leeds One Day Limmud is set to be the biggest in its eight-year history, say organisers of the event. A crowd of more than 400 is anticipated at the event to be staged at the Weetwood Hall Hotel on June 22. Linda Rosen, Leeds Limmud co-ordinator, said: “This will be our most ambitious event.” Further details can be found on www.limmud.org or via email: leeds@limmud.org.

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Local Wizo group celebrates diamond jubilee

May 16, 2008

A Leeds Wizo group has celebrated its diamond jubilee with a lunch at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. The Chaim Weizmann Group was formed in 1948, changing its name to the Blanche Dugdale Group. Its initial function was to sell goods at the Leeds Blue and White Bazaar. “As long as the underprivileged need our help Wizo will be there for them,” said founder member Marianne Lipman.

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Aviva Wizo hear of Queen Victoria's haemophilia

May 16, 2008

Professor Monty Losowsky, executive chairman of Thackray Medical Museum, gave a talk to Aviva Wizo last week on haemophilia and Queen Victoria. The event took place at the United Hebrew Congregation when more than 80 people heard how haemophilia affected the queen. He explained that out of the nine children Victoria bore, the third Alice, and the ninth Beatrice, were carriers of the gene, and the eighth, Leopold, was a haemophiliac.

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Philip Sheaf wins Diana Nelson Art Award

May 16, 2008

More than 60 people attended the Diana Nelson Art Award at this year’s ceremony held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. Artist Philip Sheaf won the award with an abstract still life of musical instruments in pastel. Second place was shared by joint winners Vivienne Alper and Sasha Williams. The award was presented in memory of local artist and tutor Diana Nelson, who was a student and governor of Leeds College of Art and Design.

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