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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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Queenshill hosts Housing Association Shabbat

May 23, 2008

The annual Housing Association Shabbat took place at Queenshill Synagogue. The congregation of about 70 people included the chairman of the Leeds Jewish Housing Association, Arnold Zermansky and members of the committee. The service was conducted by Reverend Stanley Abrahams, Alan Preston and Avraham Serfaty.

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Thousands raised with quiz

May 23, 2008

Hendon Reform Synagogue’s Oasis committee raised £2,300 from a supper quiz attended by over 140 people. In celebration of Israel’s 60th birthday, the shul hall was decked out in blue-and-white bunting with Israeli flags and posters decorating the walls. The committee wanted some money from the evening to go to an Israeli charity and so handed over £175 to Laurence Stein of British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem. He is a member of the shul.

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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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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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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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