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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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South London to see new JMums committee

April 25, 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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Pupils honour actor with Fiddler extracts

April 18, 2008

King David Primary pupils Rafi and Max Benmayor gave their own Fiddler On The Roof performance for Liverpool-born actor Joe McGann, who is playing Tevye in a national touring production of the musical. The boys played extracts from the show on the grand piano at the Empire Theatre lounge. McGann explained that he had a connection with the show as his Jewish father-in-law Geoff Locise was in the original West End production with Topol. “Tazmin, my wife, told me that getting the part was a blessing — almost as if we’d given him a grandchild.”

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New kosher fishmonger in Coatsworth Road

April 18, 2008

A kosher fishmonger has added to the shopping facilities for the Charedi community in Coatsworth Road. The shop, under the supervision of Gateshead Kashrus Authority, is run by Moshe Leitner, 28, an ex-Sunderland Yeshivah student. He “saw a gap in the market, studied at North Tyneside College and persuaded my tutor, Darren Adamson, to help me set up shop and to come to work for me”.

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Banner reminds community of Pesach date

April 18, 2008

A 15ft-long Pesach banner is being displayed by the local Lubavitch group at a busy intersection in a Jewish area, with a reminder of the date and first Seder time. Scottish Lubavitch director Rabbi Chaim Jacobs explained: “We have used this media before to publicise Rosh Hashanah and Chanucah and it is very powerful.”

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