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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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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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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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Talent show raises money for Sderot's children

May 16, 2008

Seven Immanuel College students raised over £6,000 for Sderot by organising a Stars In Their Eyes talent show. The girls-only competition saw eight finalists sing and dance before an audience of 250 and a judging panel of music industry experts. The winner was 17-year-old Beth Leslie, who performed George Gershwin’s Summertime. Proceeds will go towards playgrounds for Sderot.

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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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