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Second barmitzvah for Michael Coleman

May 23, 2008

The second barmitzvah of Michael Coleman took place at Dublin Hebrew Congregation. The 83-year-old was born in Dublin and is a life-long supporter of the community and Israel. The service was attended by both the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, and the Chief Rabbi, Yakov Pearlman, who paid tribute to Mr Coleman’s work for the community. Until a few months ago, Mr Coleman served as public relations officer in the Chief Rabbi of Ireland’s office.

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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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Opera night for Bournemouth

By Corinne Rein, May 16, 2008

There was a classical feel to Bournemouth’s cross-communal Yom Atzmaut party with 430 guests filling the newly-refurbished Opera House in Boscombe for the first kosher event at the venue.

And it was a nostalgic night for the town’s mayor, Councillor Anne Filer, who recalled that she had chaired Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council at the time of Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Guests sat down to a meal catered by a large band of helpers organised by Katrina Webb.

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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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Student's iPod pillow invention works like a dream

May 16, 2008

Students at King David High have scooped their second Young Enterprise award of the year. Their ISnoooze company invented a pillow that plays iPod music. The Year 10 students distributed the product in the school and are currently in discussions with a local airport for further distribution rights. The 14-strong student team also picked up the “most innovative product award” at the Trafford Centre Trade Fair earlier this year.

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