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Local rabbi on lecture tour of Europe

May 15, 2008

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is taking time away from Mill Hill Synagogue to embark on a whistle-stop lecture tour of Europe. He is addressing audiences in Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus under the auspices of the European Jewish Study Network. This follows his inclusion in a programme of Euro-shiurim viewable on YouTube. Said EJSN director Rabbi Sholom Liberow: “We could have filled up a two-week programme for him, but he was only available for one.”

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Student's iPod pillow invention works like a dream

May 15, 2008

Students at King David High have scooped their second Young Enterprise award of the year. Their ISnoooze company invented a pillow that plays iPod music. The Year 10 students distributed the product in the school and are currently in discussions with a local airport for further distribution rights. The 14-strong student team also picked up the “most innovative product award” at the Trafford Centre Trade Fair earlier this year.

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Eyes on spectacle exhibition for a second time

May 15, 2008

Spectacles featured in a Liverpool exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day are to be displayed again. Respectacles was an artwork created from 100,000 pairs of glasses donated by the public. Daniel Radcliffe and Tony Blair were among political and showbiz stars who contributed. Sam and Elise Beilin and the Richard Beilin Memorial Fund sponsored the artwork. Sam Beilin said that he was grateful to Liverpool City Council for assistance. The exhibition at World Museum Liverpool runs until August 17.

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High hopes for ambitious eighth One Day Limmud

May 15, 2008

This year’s Leeds One Day Limmud is set to be the biggest in its eight-year history, say organisers of the event. A crowd of more than 400 is anticipated at the event to be staged at the Weetwood Hall Hotel on June 22. Linda Rosen, Leeds Limmud co-ordinator, said: “This will be our most ambitious event.” Further details can be found on www.limmud.org or via email: leeds@limmud.org.

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Local Wizo group celebrates diamond jubilee

May 15, 2008

A Leeds Wizo group has celebrated its diamond jubilee with a lunch at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. The Chaim Weizmann Group was formed in 1948, changing its name to the Blanche Dugdale Group. Its initial function was to sell goods at the Leeds Blue and White Bazaar. “As long as the underprivileged need our help Wizo will be there for them,” said founder member Marianne Lipman.

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Aviva Wizo hear of Queen Victoria's haemophilia

May 15, 2008

Professor Monty Losowsky, executive chairman of Thackray Medical Museum, gave a talk to Aviva Wizo last week on haemophilia and Queen Victoria. The event took place at the United Hebrew Congregation when more than 80 people heard how haemophilia affected the queen. He explained that out of the nine children Victoria bore, the third Alice, and the ninth Beatrice, were carriers of the gene, and the eighth, Leopold, was a haemophiliac.

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Philip Sheaf wins Diana Nelson Art Award

May 15, 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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Sacks gives talk to Reading Hebrew Congregation

May 15, 2008

More than 70 people attended Reading Hebrew Congregation to hear the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathon Sacks give a talk about Israel. He spoke of how his great-grandfather had made aliyah from Lithuania in the 19th century and settled in Petach Tikva, where he built the town’s first house. Sir Jonathan then took questions from the floor.

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Money raised for mayor's chosen charity

May 15, 2008

Members of the North West Surrey Synagogue have donated almost £5,000 to their local mayor’s chosen charity. The money, raised as part of the Reform congregation’s annual High Holydays appeal, was presented to the Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Rosemary Dane, for the benefit of the Walton Firs Camp Association.

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Lottery grant to preserve local heritage

May 15, 2008

A heritage lottery grant is to support a new project to collect memories from Jewish people who lived in Leicester in the 1940s and 1950s. A series of workshops, led by facilitators, will support participants in gathering together their memories. Individuals will be helped to create a book, a website and display. To take part, contact 0116 233 4343.

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