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Local Wizo group celebrates diamond jubilee

May 16, 2008

A Leeds Wizo group has celebrated its diamond jubilee with a lunch at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. The Chaim Weizmann Group was formed in 1948, changing its name to the Blanche Dugdale Group. Its initial function was to sell goods at the Leeds Blue and White Bazaar. “As long as the underprivileged need our help Wizo will be there for them,” said founder member Marianne Lipman.

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Aviva Wizo hear of Queen Victoria's haemophilia

May 16, 2008

Professor Monty Losowsky, executive chairman of Thackray Medical Museum, gave a talk to Aviva Wizo last week on haemophilia and Queen Victoria. The event took place at the United Hebrew Congregation when more than 80 people heard how haemophilia affected the queen. He explained that out of the nine children Victoria bore, the third Alice, and the ninth Beatrice, were carriers of the gene, and the eighth, Leopold, was a haemophiliac.

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Philip Sheaf wins Diana Nelson Art Award

May 16, 2008

More than 60 people attended the Diana Nelson Art Award at this year’s ceremony held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. Artist Philip Sheaf won the award with an abstract still life of musical instruments in pastel. Second place was shared by joint winners Vivienne Alper and Sasha Williams. The award was presented in memory of local artist and tutor Diana Nelson, who was a student and governor of Leeds College of Art and Design.

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Sacks gives talk to Reading Hebrew Congregation

May 16, 2008

More than 70 people attended Reading Hebrew Congregation to hear the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathon Sacks give a talk about Israel. He spoke of how his great-grandfather had made aliyah from Lithuania in the 19th century and settled in Petach Tikva, where he built the town’s first house. Sir Jonathan then took questions from the floor.

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Money raised for mayor's chosen charity

May 16, 2008

Members of the North West Surrey Synagogue have donated almost £5,000 to their local mayor’s chosen charity. The money, raised as part of the Reform congregation’s annual High Holydays appeal, was presented to the Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Rosemary Dane, for the benefit of the Walton Firs Camp Association.

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Lottery grant to preserve local heritage

May 16, 2008

A heritage lottery grant is to support a new project to collect memories from Jewish people who lived in Leicester in the 1940s and 1950s. A series of workshops, led by facilitators, will support participants in gathering together their memories. Individuals will be helped to create a book, a website and display. To take part, contact 0116 233 4343.

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Talent show raises money for Sderot's children

May 16, 2008

Seven Immanuel College students raised over £6,000 for Sderot by organising a Stars In Their Eyes talent show. The girls-only competition saw eight finalists sing and dance before an audience of 250 and a judging panel of music industry experts. The winner was 17-year-old Beth Leslie, who performed George Gershwin’s Summertime. Proceeds will go towards playgrounds for Sderot.

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Ladies' golf day raises lots for Jewish Care

May 16, 2008

More than £10,500 was raised for Jewish Care community centre services from the 25th Potters Bar ladies’ golf day, which attracted 100 competitors. Hartsbourne members Tricia Arnold, Jenny Reichman, Russele Solomons and Alison Zilberkweit won the event, with a host club team of Hilary Abrahams, Ta Cox, Gill Jay and Marion Scott as runners-up. For the fifth year running, the tournament was chaired by Shirley Jacobs. Jewish Care fundraising director Richard Franklin thanked the golfers for their support.

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Sponsored walk marks Wizo's 90th

May 16, 2008

Sponsored walks to mark Wizo’s 90th anniversary raised £4,000 for the charity’s social services and educational projects in Israel. Sixty-five people walked on Sunday at Cassiobury Park, Watford, and nine other supporters had their own walk in Essex. Further walks are planned for the regions.

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Ban urged on violent videogames

May 16, 2008

Rabbi Naftali Brawer has urged Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue parents to keep the Grand Theft Auto IV computer game out of their homes. Addressing a Shabbat service, he decried the graphic violence depicted in the best-selling game, adding: “The Holocaust demonstrates how an entire nation can become desensitised to the worst kind of violence inflicted on human beings.”

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