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Talent show raises money for Sderot's children

May 16, 2008

Seven Immanuel College students raised over £6,000 for Sderot by organising a Stars In Their Eyes talent show. The girls-only competition saw eight finalists sing and dance before an audience of 250 and a judging panel of music industry experts. The winner was 17-year-old Beth Leslie, who performed George Gershwin’s Summertime. Proceeds will go towards playgrounds for Sderot.

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Top marks for school inspection

May 9, 2008

King Solomon High invited the Borough of Redbridge to carry out a whole school inspection. The two-day inspection was run as an Ofsted inspection with three inspectors looking at every aspect of school life. The inspectors found the Barkingside secondary to be a good school with some outstanding features. Headteacher Spencer Lewis said: “It is very pleasing to hear that the inspectors have judged the work we are doing so favourably.”

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Primary school commemorates Yom Hashoah

May 9, 2008

Yom Hashoah was commemorated by pupils and staff at Ilford Jewish Primary School with a special assembly. After readings by headteacher Roz Levin and Year Six pupils, a yahrzeit candle was lit and a one-minute silence observed.

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Former senior Israeli diplomat gives lecture at JNF House

May 9, 2008

Some 60 people gathered at JNF House for the second in a series of lectures given by Israeli political and social analyst Abbie Ben Ari. Mr Ben Ari, a former senior Israeli diplomat who served in the USA and the UK, spoke about  Israel over the past 60 years and its future.

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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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