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Coffee morning launches Jewish Women's Week

May 9, 2008

Around 70 people attended a coffee morning hosted by Rebbetzen Pamela Jesner, to launch Bournemouth Jewish Women’s Week.  Jeannette Goodman, Bournemouth Wizo chairman, introduced Councillor Anne Filer, Mayor of Bournemouth, who opened the event. Retired engineer Irvin Shindler spoke about his admiration for the development of Israel.

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Bournemouth's Yom Hashoah commemorations

May 9, 2008

Services were held on Yom Hashoah at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and Bournemouth Reform Synagogue. At the Orthodox shul, Rabbi Adrian Jesner conducted the service and among those lighting candles were two survivors. At the Reform synagogue, the service was taken by Rabbi Neil Amswych, Walter Kammerling sang songs in Yiddish and candles were lit by survivors and youth madrichim.

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Colchester's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Elkan Levy, the director of small communities, led a Yom Hashoah service at Colchester and District Jewish Community. The service was attended by local dignitaries, including Terry Allen, the mayor of Frinton and Walton. The Shabbat service was conducted by Michael Segal with leyning by Mr Levy.

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Big turnout for Birmingham's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

Nearly 100 people attended a Holocaust commemoration held at Witton Jewish Cemetery in the presence of Lord Mayor, Councillor Randal Brew. The Representative Council chose the Jews of Greece for the commemoration. Psalms were sung by Birmingham Hebrew Congregation choir.

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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 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 9, 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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Tributes to senior Leeds Wizo branch

May 2, 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 2, 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 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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