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Tributes to senior Leeds Wizo branch

May 1, 2008

The co-chair of one of the newest Leeds Wizo Council groups paid tribute to the most senior Leeds Wizo branch at a coffee morning held at the home of Phillipa and Bryan Bloom. Guest of honour Natalie Pearce, co-chair of Wizo 3000, said that the Henrietta Szold Wizo members were invaluable role models in the Leeds community.

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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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Pampered Chef event helps World Jewish Relief

April 24, 2008

Nicki Marks raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief by hosting a Pampered Chef event — a “show and tell” method of selling kitchen products. Fifty women joined her and a Pampered Chef consultant for a cooking demonstration, lunch and a raffle. WJR fundraising head Paul Stein, who also attended, commended the host on “an original event which epitomises some of the objectives of the WJR’s new initiative, The Big Hand”.

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Founder members attend Kingston Wizo's 40th anniversary

April 24, 2008

Founder members and 12 of Kingston Wizo’s 17 chairwomen were at the group’s 40th anniversary celebration, held at the Weybridge home of Mindy and Ronald Ison. Fifty supporters and their husbands heard founder chairman Marianne Cohen review the group’s social and fundraising highlights. Other speakers were Anne Lyons and guest of honour Gina Monty, honorary Wizo UK life president. Jackie Gordon is the current Kingston Wizo chair.

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Boutique evening helps school with minibus target

April 24, 2008

A boutique evening — the first public fundraising event organised by the Yavneh College Association — helped supporters of the secondary school to reach their £8,325 target for a minibus. Over £1,000 was brought in as local community members turned out in force to shop for products ranging from Judaica to hairstraighteners. There was also a stall run by Yavneh pupils, who raised more than £120 for Great Ormond Street Hospital from the sale of greetings cards they had made from recycled materials.

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South London to see new JMums committee

April 24, 2008

A new JMums committee is about to be launched in the area by the League of Jewish Women following the success of JMums in Herts. The group caters for young mums who want to introduce their children to Jewish culture and festivals in a non-synagogue environment. For details on South London JMums, ring 020 7242 8300.

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Nightingale House given refurbishment money

April 24, 2008

Ajex leaders visited Nightingale House to present a cheque for nearly £10,000 which will be used to refurbish 250 chairs at the home. The Ajex representatives were new national chairman Peter Wagerman, his predecessors Harold Newman and Alan Levine. Also present at the celebratory tea were residents Kenneth Berg and Leslie Solomon, both ex-servicemen and Ajex members.

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North Wales Jewish Network hosts communal seder

April 24, 2008

More than 30 people celebrated Passover in Bangor at the first communal seder run by the North Wales Jewish Network. Participants aged from 18 months to 90 came from Holyhead, Pwhelli, Porthmadog, Bangor and Llandudno. Nathan Abrams, a lecturer at Bangor University, said: “The network continues to thrive and I am delighted that we are gaining new members.” The seder was led by John Burland.

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Ideas man talks to Cardiff Ziona

April 24, 2008

Cardiff Ziona attracted 80 people to an evening with Sheridan Simove who spoke about his book Ideas Man. Mr Simove, 36, who used to work for the television company Planet 24, gave an account of his ideas for TV shows, novelty sweets, toys and greeting cards. The event, held at Cardiff United Synagogue, raised £800 for Wizo projects.

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Bagel brunch for Torah Academy Nursery

April 24, 2008

Some 55 adults and children took part in a bagel brunch at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation, in aid of the Torah Academy Nursery. Event organiser Tessa Bass said that the brunch, which raised £222, had a great atmosphere.

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