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Sacks gives Pesach address to Woodside

May 2, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks gave a Pesach-related address to over 100 members of Woodside Park Synagogue adult education committee. Sir Jonathan’s talk was the final in a season which also featured Lady Jakobovits, Lord Trimble and Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor.

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Jewish Museum proposed to house tolerance centre

May 2, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum could become the home of a new national tolerance centre. The proposals, still at a very early stage, are for a centre to be built at the Cheetham Hill road site, where visitors would be taught how to challenge racism and respect other cultures. Museum director Stuart Hilton said: “We will need a great deal of luck to make this happen and until we look at feasibility studies, we don’t know how much it will cost."

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Israeli ambassador speaks of hardships

April 25, 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 25, 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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Demand for second Women of the Book course

April 25, 2008

Thirty-six women attended a graduation ceremony at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre after completing a course entitled N’Shei HaSefer — the Women of the Book. English and drama teacher Shirley Ellis, who devised and led the course, said: “The course is an innovative step to introducing women to Torah.” Mrs Ellis had been inundated with requests to repeat the first course, held last year.

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Life achievement award for table tennis coach

April 25, 2008

A former player and current coach for the Leeds Judean Table Tennis Club has won an outstanding life achievement award for his dedication to the sport. Alan Myerson received his accolade at the 2007 Leeds Sports Awards ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall. The 74-year-old, who was overjoyed with the honour, said: “Table tennis is a nippy sport that is terrific for that much needed cardio-vascular exercise.”

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Tribute for founder of Holocaust Survivors' Centre

April 25, 2008

A reception was held at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in tribute to Judith Hassan — Jewish Care’s director of services for Holocaust survivors and refugees and founder of the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre — who was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours. She was praised by Jewish Care president Lord Levy on her “outstanding” work for survivors. Other tributes were paid by survivors’ centre members Alec Ward and Freddie Knoller.

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Pampered Chef event helps World Jewish Relief

April 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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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