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Girl celebrates her barmitzvah with charity swim

May 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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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Jewish Museum proposed to house tolerance centre

May 2, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum could become the home of a new national tolerance centre. The proposals, still at a very early stage, are for a centre to be built at the Cheetham Hill road site, where visitors would be taught how to challenge racism and respect other cultures. Museum director Stuart Hilton said: “We will need a great deal of luck to make this happen and until we look at feasibility studies, we don’t know how much it will cost."

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More space sought for Liverpool's first Limmud Day

May 2, 2008

With nearly 500 people registered to attend this weekend’s first Liverpool Limmud Day, negotiations have taken place with the venue of the sell-out event, Liverpool Hope University, to provide more space. Under the chairmanship of Malcolm turner, the committee is to present 36 sessions and a concert on Sunday night at St George’s Concert Hall. For concert tickets, phone 0151 722 2153 or email sarafraser@blueyonder.co.uk.

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WWII memories sought after

May 2, 2008

The Experience Centre in Horsforth is seeking people from the Jewish community who lived through the Second World War in order to interview them about their experiences. Co-ordinator Carol Vickers said: “We need testimonies from the Jewish community. Whether people were in the armed forces, civilians, conscientious objectors or evacuees, we need to preserve their stories.” More information on 0113 258 4993.

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UJIA praises Leslie Silver's support

May 2, 2008

Stalwart Zionist Leslie Silver has received a certificate for 60 years’ support of Israel. Unable to attend a recent UJIA fundraiser when a presentation ceremony was due to be held, the former Leeds United chairman was presented with the award at his Alwoodley home. Howard Foreman, UJIA North East regional director, said: “Mr Silver has done incredible work for Israel.” Born in London in 1925, Mr Silver moved to Leeds in 1940.

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