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Girl celebrates her barmitzvah with charity swim

May 1, 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 1, 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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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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New leaders for Merseyside Jewish council

April 24, 2008

Three new faces have taken up executive posts at Merseyside Jewish Representative Council. The new chairman/president is Gordon Globe; senior vice-president is Julian Green; and junior vice-president is Ian Cohen. Mr Globe, involved with the community for over 40 years, said: “It is possible to have a quality of life in the Liverpool community that is the envy of other communities.” The meeting, attended by 50 delegates, was held at Harold House.

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Israeli ambassador speaks of hardships

April 24, 2008

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor told an audience of 200 people of the dangers that Israel faces. Speaking at the annual UJIA fundraising dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue Mr Prosor said: “Day in, day out, Israel is under fire.” UJIA regional director Howard Foreman said that the event was planned as a celebration of Israel’s 60th and to show how communities benefit from UJIA donors.

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Rainbow Project recieves new minibus

April 24, 2008

Leeds Jewish Care Services’ Rainbow Project took delivery of a new minibus last week. The vehicle will give the residents transport to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre as well as to weekly social clubs and other activities. The money to fund the vehicle was raised at a Leeds UJIA dinner, held at the centre last November. Pam Wisnia, manager of the Rainbow Project, said that the minibus will be used on average five or six times a day.

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