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Philip Sheaf wins Diana Nelson Art Award

May 16, 2008

More than 60 people attended the Diana Nelson Art Award at this year’s ceremony held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. Artist Philip Sheaf won the award with an abstract still life of musical instruments in pastel. Second place was shared by joint winners Vivienne Alper and Sasha Williams. The award was presented in memory of local artist and tutor Diana Nelson, who was a student and governor of Leeds College of Art and Design.

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Sacks gives talk to Reading Hebrew Congregation

May 16, 2008

More than 70 people attended Reading Hebrew Congregation to hear the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathon Sacks give a talk about Israel. He spoke of how his great-grandfather had made aliyah from Lithuania in the 19th century and settled in Petach Tikva, where he built the town’s first house. Sir Jonathan then took questions from the floor.

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Money raised for mayor's chosen charity

May 16, 2008

Members of the North West Surrey Synagogue have donated almost £5,000 to their local mayor’s chosen charity. The money, raised as part of the Reform congregation’s annual High Holydays appeal, was presented to the Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Rosemary Dane, for the benefit of the Walton Firs Camp Association.

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Lottery grant to preserve local heritage

May 16, 2008

A heritage lottery grant is to support a new project to collect memories from Jewish people who lived in Leicester in the 1940s and 1950s. A series of workshops, led by facilitators, will support participants in gathering together their memories. Individuals will be helped to create a book, a website and display. To take part, contact 0116 233 4343.

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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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