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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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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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Ladies' golf day raises lots for Jewish Care

May 16, 2008

More than £10,500 was raised for Jewish Care community centre services from the 25th Potters Bar ladies’ golf day, which attracted 100 competitors. Hartsbourne members Tricia Arnold, Jenny Reichman, Russele Solomons and Alison Zilberkweit won the event, with a host club team of Hilary Abrahams, Ta Cox, Gill Jay and Marion Scott as runners-up. For the fifth year running, the tournament was chaired by Shirley Jacobs. Jewish Care fundraising director Richard Franklin thanked the golfers for their support.

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Sponsored walk marks Wizo's 90th

May 16, 2008

Sponsored walks to mark Wizo’s 90th anniversary raised £4,000 for the charity’s social services and educational projects in Israel. Sixty-five people walked on Sunday at Cassiobury Park, Watford, and nine other supporters had their own walk in Essex. Further walks are planned for the regions.

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Ban urged on violent videogames

May 16, 2008

Rabbi Naftali Brawer has urged Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue parents to keep the Grand Theft Auto IV computer game out of their homes. Addressing a Shabbat service, he decried the graphic violence depicted in the best-selling game, adding: “The Holocaust demonstrates how an entire nation can become desensitised to the worst kind of violence inflicted on human beings.”

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