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Sponsored walk marks Wizo's 90th

May 16, 2008

Sponsored walks to mark Wizo’s 90th anniversary raised £4,000 for the charity’s social services and educational projects in Israel. Sixty-five people walked on Sunday at Cassiobury Park, Watford, and nine other supporters had their own walk in Essex. Further walks are planned for the regions.

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Ban urged on violent videogames

May 16, 2008

Rabbi Naftali Brawer has urged Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue parents to keep the Grand Theft Auto IV computer game out of their homes. Addressing a Shabbat service, he decried the graphic violence depicted in the best-selling game, adding: “The Holocaust demonstrates how an entire nation can become desensitised to the worst kind of violence inflicted on human beings.”

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Bergen-Belsen survivor speaks at Yom Hashoah commemoration

May 9, 2008

A Yom Hashoah commemoration at Southgate Progressive Synagogue was hosted Gordon Greenfield, director of the Association of Jewish Refugees, who introduced guest speaker Lilian Levy, a Bergen-Belsen survivor.  The volunteer archivist for the Jewish Refugee committee gave examples of refugees being helped to contact hitherto unknown families.

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Brighton and Hove observe Yom Hashoah with survivors

May 9, 2008

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue observed Yom Hashoah with a service which included the lighting of six candles representing the six million dead. The service, led by Rabbi Charles Wallach, included survivors of the Holocaust.

Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation and Hove Hebrew Congregation held a joint service, led by Rabbi Vivian Silverman. Rabbi Silverman gave an address in which he quoted from a poem written by Primo Levi. Six candles were lit, three by survivors of the Holocaust.

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Coffee morning launches Jewish Women's Week

May 9, 2008

Around 70 people attended a coffee morning hosted by Rebbetzen Pamela Jesner, to launch Bournemouth Jewish Women’s Week.  Jeannette Goodman, Bournemouth Wizo chairman, introduced Councillor Anne Filer, Mayor of Bournemouth, who opened the event. Retired engineer Irvin Shindler spoke about his admiration for the development of Israel.

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Bournemouth's Yom Hashoah commemorations

May 9, 2008

Services were held on Yom Hashoah at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and Bournemouth Reform Synagogue. At the Orthodox shul, Rabbi Adrian Jesner conducted the service and among those lighting candles were two survivors. At the Reform synagogue, the service was taken by Rabbi Neil Amswych, Walter Kammerling sang songs in Yiddish and candles were lit by survivors and youth madrichim.

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Colchester's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Elkan Levy, the director of small communities, led a Yom Hashoah service at Colchester and District Jewish Community. The service was attended by local dignitaries, including Terry Allen, the mayor of Frinton and Walton. The Shabbat service was conducted by Michael Segal with leyning by Mr Levy.

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Big turnout for Birmingham's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

Nearly 100 people attended a Holocaust commemoration held at Witton Jewish Cemetery in the presence of Lord Mayor, Councillor Randal Brew. The Representative Council chose the Jews of Greece for the commemoration. Psalms were sung by Birmingham Hebrew Congregation choir.

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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.

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Ajex's North-East to take part in Israel's 60th anniversary events

May 9, 2008

Members of the Newcastle and North-East Branch of Ajex are to take part in Israel’s 60th anniversary events. The branch standard is to be paraded in  Israel and two plaques will be presented: one to the Parachute Brigade, of which Newcastle and North East Branch member David Bell is being made an honorary member, and the other to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

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