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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 8, 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 8, 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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Sheffield's Yom Hashoah service

May 8, 2008

Some 70 people from both Sheffield’s Orthodox and Reform congregations attended a Yom Hashoah service at Kingfield Synagogue. There were readings by members of both congregations and memorial candles lit by community members Dorothy Flemming, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Werner Sussenwein, Peter Meyer, Sue Pearson and Adrian Rubenstein.

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Exhibition for Polish hero

May 1, 2008

Newcastle United Hebrew congregation is hosting an exhibition about the life of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who perished in Treblinka. Mr Korczak had been working at a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. Korczak and his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. Instead of protecting himself, he travelled with the 200 children when they were deported to Treblinka, where they were all killed. The exhibition is being staged at Newcastle UHC until May 11.

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Girl celebrates her barmitzvah with charity swim

May 1, 2008

Immanuel College pupil Chana Bernstein marked her batmitzvah by completing a one kilometre charity swim, raising more than £1,100 for Emunah and Keren Or to benefit disadvantaged children. Chana said: “It was really hard work, as I have never swum so far before, but my friends were really supportive. I feel proud to have helped others while I celebrated my batmitzvah.”

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Film, discussions and guest speakers lined-up for Northwood's Israel 60 celebrations

May 1, 2008

Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue is running a six-week programme of events commemorating Israel’s 60th birthday.


The weekly sessions include films, discussions and guest speakers, including Leo Baeck College principal and historian Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, whose subject was the challenges now facing Israel. The programme culminates with a celebration party.

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Good year for Harrow's women volunteers

May 1, 2008

An active volunteering year was reported at the annual meeting of Harrow and Kenton League of Jewish Women. Members help to run a shop at a Jewish Care home and hospital refreshment facilities. Helen Green chairs the committee, which also includes Sandra Sewell, Lily Isaacs, Renee Simion, Judith Barnet, Renee Cohen, Zelda Fineburgh, Phyllis Kaye, Mamie Hyams and Doris Italiaander.

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Former Staines minister returns for seder demonstration

May 1, 2008

Former Staines Synagogue minister Rabbi Yehuda Black, now at Kenton, returned to conduct a demonstration seder for almost 100 people organised to promote the local Council of Christians and Jews. CCJ chief executive David Gifford addressed the gathering. Guests enjoyed the participation of two of Rabbi Black’s sons, who as well as asking the four questions, answered those put to them by their father.

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Quiz raises vital funds for Employment Resource Centre

May 1, 2008

More than £3,000 was raised for the Employment Resource Centre from its annual fundraising quiz at Finchley Reform Synagogue. ERC executive member Alan Sanders told the 200 participants that support was vital given that “the number of clients accessing the ERC’s services is 40 per cent higher than last year”.

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Sacks gives Pesach address to Woodside

May 1, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks gave a Pesach-related address to over 100 members of Woodside Park Synagogue adult education committee. Sir Jonathan’s talk was the final in a season which also featured Lady Jakobovits, Lord Trimble and Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor.

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