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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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Demand for second Women of the Book course

April 24, 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 24, 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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Ukraine benefits from £10,000 quiz fundraiser

April 17, 2008

Almost 300 quiz contestants raised £10,000 for World Jewish Relief from an evening organised by its Gemini committee at St John’s Wood Synagogue. Some of the money will go to the Krivoy Rog Community Centre in Ukraine, which, when completed, will provide activities for the 15,000 Jewish population. The remainder will benefit WJR’s Gifts in Kind aid programme, which distributes new or nearly new goods to communities in Eastern Europe.

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Nursery children have fun Pesach experience

April 17, 2008

Pupils at the Lubavitch Ruth Lunzer Girls’ Primary School offered the Pesach experience in one hour at its annual Passover exhibition. The nursery children conducted a Pesach clean-up in their mini kitchen. There was a model Seder from the reception class and other activities included a matzah bakery and the search for chametz.

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Religious Education committee hears of spirituality

April 17, 2008

Spirituality, religious education and the special school was the theme of Anne Krisman, who delivered the annual lecture of Redbridge Sacre, the Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education. Eighty teachers from a range of faiths attended the talk at Redbridge Teachers’ Centre. Ms Krisman, a member of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, is head of religious education at Little Heath Foundation School.

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Sixth-form screening programme held for Tay-Sachs

April 17, 2008

A screening programme for Tay-Sachs was held by Jewish Care for Immanuel College sixth-formers. Tay-Sachs is a fatal genetic disease more prevalent within the Jewish community. Among those present was Dr Philip Koch and his wife, who lost two daughters to the disease, prompting Dr Koch to become involved in research. “I feel we have achieved something today,” he said, “but there is much more work to be done”.

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