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Student chaplain recieves Honorary Life Membership

May 23, 2008

Student chaplain Rabbi Natan Levy has been awarded the highest award that a student union can give. Rabbi Levy has received Honorary Life Membership to the University of Bristol Student Union for his services to students. Upon accepting the award, Rabbi Levy recalled how he worked with the Islamic Society to lobby for the Bristol Union to sell both kosher and halal food.

Rabbi Levy has been serving the South West for the past three years.

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The curse of Bristol's Hebrew Congregation

May 23, 2008

Within the space of a fortnight, five members of the Bristol community have all seriously injured a limb. Bristol Hebrew Congregation members Sheila Tobias, Helen Vegoda and John Adler all broke a bone, while Ivor Saltman fell off his bike and sustained a serious sprain. Scott Vanger, a pupil at Clifton College, broke a wrist. “Members of the community are wondering if someone up there is trying to tell us something,” said Mr Adler.

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Former US Assistant Secretary of State speaks at Magen David Adom dinner

May 23, 2008

James Rubin, a former US Assistant Secretary of State, was guest speaker at Manchester Magen David Adom’s annual dinner. In his address, he spoke to the 250 guests about Israel’s future. Richard Simon, MDA UK regional director, said that the event, held at the Hilton Deansgate, would raise in excess of £250,000 for the emergency rescue service. Stuart Glyn, national chairman of MDA UK, presented outgoing chairman Jonathan Ferster with a medal.

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Local boy is Maccabi award runner-up

May 23, 2008

Daniel Field, 19, who is partially sighted, was selected runner-up as the Maccabi annual senior sports person of the year. He is vice-captain of the England Blind Cricket team and is also a qualified cricket coach. His family are members of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue.

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MDA names Jeremy Hart as its new chairman

May 23, 2008

Manchester MDA has named Jeremy Hart as its new chairman. Sheffield-born Mr Hart, who moved to Manchester in 1987, has been a member of the MDA committee since 1997. He comes from a family with many charitable links; his father was chairman of JIA in Sheffield and his mother was secretary of MDA in Sheffield. Mr Hart, who works in IT, met his wife, Sharon, a drama teacher, through involvement with UJIA.

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JFS celebrate Israel's 60th with music and dance

May 23, 2008

JFS pupils celebrated Israel’s 60th birthday with a special morning service and breakfast, stalls selling Israeli produce, and music and dancing. A highlight was a giant “art attack” on the school football pitch as over 900 students stood side-by-side to create a giant Israeli flag. School decorations included a time tunnel, detailing Israel’s history, and Israeli soldiers were among the day’s guest speakers.

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Rosh Pinah Primary raise money for Emunah with balloon launch

May 23, 2008

A balloon launch at Rosh Pinah Primary helped mark Israel’s Independence Day and raise almost £700 for Emunah. Pupils paid for the balloons and a prize will go the owner of the one found to have travelled the greatest distance. The cash will pay for toys and books for children in Emunah centres in Israel.

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Northern Jewish artists have work exhibited

May 23, 2008

Keren Or and JNF UK attracted 200 people to the preview night of their art exhibition at South Manchester Synagogue to view the work of northern Jewish artists. The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Bernard Sharpe, opened the exhibition. Lorraine Palastrand, JNF senior campaign executive, said: “We are delighted that the community have supported this event in such large numbers.”

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Yeshurun Synagogue trial second service

May 23, 2008

Responding to congregants’ requests, Edgware Yeshurun Synagogue has introduced an experimental second Monday-to Friday shacharit service at 8am — an hour later than its primary morning service starting at 6.50 or 7am. The move acknowledges that there are now more would-be worshippers who work locally, or are retired, who do not need to get up quite so early. Yeshurun president Russell Grossman said the additional service was proving popular: “It’s a measure of the growth of our community.”

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Camp Simchah take children to Camelot

May 23, 2008

Camp Simcha, the charity that helps Jewish children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, ran its first outing for children from Manchester with a trip to Camelot amusement park. The 16 children, from the ages of five to 15, each with their own volunteer, were treated to an adventure at the Lancashire theme park. Pearl Lopian, who was recently appointed as Camp Simcha family liaison officer for Manchester, described the outing as a success.

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