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Joint celebration for Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 23, 2008

A joint event was held in Norwich to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. The Norwich Hebrew Congregation and the Progressive Jewish Community of East Anglia arranged a klezmer concert and Israeli buffet which was attended by more than 70 people. The celebrations attracted the community’s first visit from the police, with the attendance of two community officers wanting to get to know local communities. Almost £700 was raised for Magen David Adom.

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Surrey synagogue opens it's doors

May 23, 2008

North West Surrey Synagogue welcomed local officials, educators and members of the police force to an open day. The occasion was part of the local Elmbridge borough’s “Get Out and About” festival. In addition to viewing an exhibition of Judaica and a display featuring the contributions that NWSS members have made both to the Jewish and the wider community, visitors heard minister Rabbi Jackie Tabick speak on the shul’s history.

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Students exchange ideas at chaplaincy board

May 23, 2008

More than 100 people attended an EGM for the Midland Region Chaplaincy Board. At the meeting, held at the Joseph Cohen Hall, students from across the region were able to exchange ideas. Reporting on the current chaplain, Rabbi Fishel Cohen and his wife Esther, Samy Katz, 21, a student at Warwick University, said: “The Cohens are a great support for Jewish students on campus and have helped us to co-ordinate many events.”

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Opera night for Bournemouth

By Corinne Rein, May 16, 2008

There was a classical feel to Bournemouth’s cross-communal Yom Atzmaut party with 430 guests filling the newly-refurbished Opera House in Boscombe for the first kosher event at the venue.

And it was a nostalgic night for the town’s mayor, Councillor Anne Filer, who recalled that she had chaired Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council at the time of Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Guests sat down to a meal catered by a large band of helpers organised by Katrina Webb.

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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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Ladies' golf day raises lots for Jewish Care

May 16, 2008

More than £10,500 was raised for Jewish Care community centre services from the 25th Potters Bar ladies’ golf day, which attracted 100 competitors. Hartsbourne members Tricia Arnold, Jenny Reichman, Russele Solomons and Alison Zilberkweit won the event, with a host club team of Hilary Abrahams, Ta Cox, Gill Jay and Marion Scott as runners-up. For the fifth year running, the tournament was chaired by Shirley Jacobs. Jewish Care fundraising director Richard Franklin thanked the golfers for their support.

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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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Child refugees from Nazism remembered at Yom Hashoah

May 16, 2008

Over 400 people from throughout the capital attended a Yom Hashoah commemoration at Pinner Synagogue, in particular marking the 70th anniversary of the British government’s agreement to accept child refugees from Nazism on the Kindertransports. Former Kinder Susi Bechhofer and Hermann Hirschberger spoke movingly about their experiences, pointing out that real heroes of the Kindertransports were the parents who let their children escape. Guests included senior London-based diplomats.

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Local rabbi on lecture tour of Europe

May 16, 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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