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Pupils involved in Eastern Europe charity

June 6, 2008

Sixty year six Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupils are involved in a project backing World Jewish Relief’s Gifts in Kind programme, collecting clothes and stationery for distribution to children in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.

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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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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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Beach-themed party for Young Magen David Adom

May 30, 2008

Young Magen David Adom celebrated Israel’s 60th anniversary “on the beach”— or at least at West End nightspot Graphic, which was decked out with surfboards, beach balls, buckets and spades. Waitresses in straw skirts weaved around palm trees to serve cocktails from coconuts. The party raised £6,000.

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Christian Friends of Israel celebrate 60th

May 30, 2008

The local branch of Christian Friends of Israel attracted 60 people from the wider community to celebrate Israel’s 60th. The event, “Am Israel Hai!” was held at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Llandudno, and was arranged by Roy Thurley, the organisation’s local representative. The main speaker, Bernard Blank, recalled his experiences of travelling to Palestine from Manchester after the Second World War to fight in the War of Independence.

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Local professor appointed to Independent Safeguarding Authority

May 30, 2008

Professor Don Grubin has been appointed to sit on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which was created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. The Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation member is professor of psychiatry at Newcastle University and consultant forensic psychiatrist for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

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Civic Shabbat for Lord Mayor

May 30, 2008

A civic Shabbat for the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor Peter and Barbara Arnold, was held at the United Hebrew Congregation. Other dignitaries to attend included the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Mike Craik, Councillor John Shipley, leader of the City Council. Synagogue president Victor Gallant presented Councillor Arnold with a book, The Jewish World: 365 Days.

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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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