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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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Douglas Murray addresses Israel at 60 lunch

May 30, 2008

Author, political commentator and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Douglas Murray, addressed an Israel at 60 lunch at Golders Green Synagogue on how the nation is portrayed in the political world. Young community members gave readings about Israel’s creation and  Zionist Federation chairman and Golders Green congregant Andrew Balcombe presided.

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Joint celebration for Israel's 60th

May 30, 2008

A joint celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary was organised by the Oadby and Wigston Multicultural Group together with Leicester Hebrew Congregation and Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation. At the event, held at Parklands Leisure Centre, in Oadby, guest speaker John Levy, the director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East, talked about “The Six Decades of Statehood, Progress and Problems”.

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Local lunch scheme a success

May 30, 2008

The first Bushey Synagogue “Lunch for Locals” Shabbat attracted 110 members, who enjoyed an informal post-service meal while their children were looked after in the shul’s creche. The speaker was congregant and globe-trotting journalist Martin Benedyk, who recalled major international stories he had covered during his career.

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Jewish Museum director talks of redevelopment

May 30, 2008

The Jewish Historical Society hosted Rickie Burman, director of the Jewish Museum, who spoke about the redevelopment programme of the Camden Town site. Ms Burman’s presentation included a DVD that highlighted the role played by the museum across the Jewish and wider community. The event, held at the Old Post Office in Moseley, was attended by around 20 people. The expanded museum is due to reopen in June 2009.

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Beach-themed party for Young Magen David Adom

May 30, 2008

Young Magen David Adom celebrated Israel’s 60th anniversary “on the beach”— or at least at West End nightspot Graphic, which was decked out with surfboards, beach balls, buckets and spades. Waitresses in straw skirts weaved around palm trees to serve cocktails from coconuts. The party raised £6,000.

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Christian Friends of Israel celebrate 60th

May 30, 2008

The local branch of Christian Friends of Israel attracted 60 people from the wider community to celebrate Israel’s 60th. The event, “Am Israel Hai!” was held at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Llandudno, and was arranged by Roy Thurley, the organisation’s local representative. The main speaker, Bernard Blank, recalled his experiences of travelling to Palestine from Manchester after the Second World War to fight in the War of Independence.

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Local professor appointed to Independent Safeguarding Authority

May 30, 2008

Professor Don Grubin has been appointed to sit on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which was created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. The Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation member is professor of psychiatry at Newcastle University and consultant forensic psychiatrist for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

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