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Former Staines minister returns for seder demonstration

May 2, 2008

Former Staines Synagogue minister Rabbi Yehuda Black, now at Kenton, returned to conduct a demonstration seder for almost 100 people organised to promote the local Council of Christians and Jews. CCJ chief executive David Gifford addressed the gathering. Guests enjoyed the participation of two of Rabbi Black’s sons, who as well as asking the four questions, answered those put to them by their father.

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Quiz raises vital funds for Employment Resource Centre

May 2, 2008

More than £3,000 was raised for the Employment Resource Centre from its annual fundraising quiz at Finchley Reform Synagogue. ERC executive member Alan Sanders told the 200 participants that support was vital given that “the number of clients accessing the ERC’s services is 40 per cent higher than last year”.

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Ideas man talks to Cardiff Ziona

April 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 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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