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Memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz

June 6, 2008

More than 200 Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue members attended a memorial service for chazan Chaim Graniewitz, who died in January, aged 77. United Synagogue leaders joined the congregation and a letter was read out from Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, recalling Rev Graniewitz’s “passion and pride in Judaism and the Jewish people. He had the ability to empathise and to bring a smile to faces in difficult times.” Tributes were also paid by Stanmore senior minister Rabbi Mendel Lew and Rev Graniewitz’s sons David and Steven.

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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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Sybil Wayne attends Sinclair House ceremony

May 30, 2008

Sybil Wayne, 93, a member of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, was invited to attend a ceremony at Sinclair House, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. At the event, Jewish Care joined forces with Ajex to pay tribute to civilians who served as fire fighters with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. As the journey was too much for her, Mrs Wayne received her certificate by post.

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Low turnout for Judeo-Christian lecture

May 30, 2008

Some 25 people attended a talk organised by the Jewish Historical Society. The talk, entitled “The parting of the ways”, of Judaism and Christianity, was given by the minister of Hove Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Vivian Silverman, at Ralli Hall.

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Jewish Care manager runner-up in charity award

May 30, 2008

Jewish Care legacy manager Alison Martin was a runner-up in the Legacy Officer of the Year award run by the Institute of Legacy Management, representing over 250 charities nationwide.  She has worked for the charity for nearly two years and said the recognition would “help keep Jewish Care firmly on the map as far as legacies are concerned. We want to encourage as many people as possible to remember Jewish Care in their wills.”

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District chairman hosts interfaith group

May 30, 2008

The chairman of Worthing and District Jewish Community, Barbara Gordon, and her husband Ian, hosted an interfaith group. Three students, one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim, were accompanied by local MP Peter Bottomley. They were part of a “Parlia-mentory” scheme to learn about each other’s religions. The Gordons took the opportunity to explain the significance of the mezuzah on their front door.

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Barnet Synagogue visit United Hatzalah charity

May 30, 2008

A group of Barnet Synagogue members visited the Israel offices of United Hatzalah, whose volunteers assist with medical emergencies. In addition to an ambulance donated some years ago, the Barnet Israel Group has given the service two defibrillators and the delegation was delighted to hear that one of the machines had saved the life of a man who had collapsed on the dancefloor at his son’s wedding. A United Hatzalah volunteer arrived on the scene within minutes and resuscitated him with the defibrillator.

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Former Department of Education advisor gives talk

May 30, 2008

Hastings and District Jewish Society attracted 30 people to a talk. The speaker, Velma Krever, spoke about her life and work. Now retired, she was a former schools adviser to the Department of Education for children with special needs. The event took place at the Hugh Smith Hall in Bexhill.

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Kingston Synagogue ladies hear of Ghana charity project

May 30, 2008

A young Kingston Synagogue member told its ladies’ guild’s annual meeting of her experiences as a volunteer in Ghana for the British-based charity, Tzedek. Hannah Freedman, 23, a Birmingham University psychology graduate, also helps out with Kingston Synagogue’s new Shalom nursery project.

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Money raised for hospice

May 30, 2008

Members of Southend and District Reform Synagogue have responded to publicity in the local press highlighting a funding shortage at Westcliff’s Fair Havens Hospice. To raise funds, a supper quiz, which attracted more than 90 people, raised £900 for Fair Havens. Organisers included Sue Levitas, Denise and Ken Phillips and quizmaster Sybil Greenstein.

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