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Big turnout for Birmingham's Holocaust commemoration

May 8, 2008

Nearly 100 people attended a Holocaust commemoration held at Witton Jewish Cemetery in the presence of Lord Mayor, Councillor Randal Brew. The Representative Council chose the Jews of Greece for the commemoration. Psalms were sung by Birmingham Hebrew Congregation choir.

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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 8, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.

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Ajex's North-East to take part in Israel's 60th anniversary events

May 8, 2008

Members of the Newcastle and North-East Branch of Ajex are to take part in Israel’s 60th anniversary events. The branch standard is to be paraded in  Israel and two plaques will be presented: one to the Parachute Brigade, of which Newcastle and North East Branch member David Bell is being made an honorary member, and the other to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

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Sheffield's Yom Hashoah service

May 8, 2008

Some 70 people from both Sheffield’s Orthodox and Reform congregations attended a Yom Hashoah service at Kingfield Synagogue. There were readings by members of both congregations and memorial candles lit by community members Dorothy Flemming, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Werner Sussenwein, Peter Meyer, Sue Pearson and Adrian Rubenstein.

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Harrogate and Leeds communities join American forces for remembrance

May 8, 2008

Around 50 people from the Harrogate and Leeds communities joined American forces personnel at Menwith Hill Station for a “day of remembrance” service. The theme of the event at the army base, organised by the station’s chaplain, Rabbi Henry Soussan, was “remembering Kristallnacht 1938”. The visitors included Holocaust survivors Arek Hersh and Lily Pollock.

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Film of Poland visit showed at local Yom Hashoah service

May 8, 2008

Some 150 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. A group of Leeds teenagers who visited Poland last year on a trip, headed by Israeli emissary Asaf Segev, showed a film of the visit, which included commentary by Shoah survivor Arek Hersh, who had accompanied them on the trip.

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Young Business Group discuss climate change

May 8, 2008

The battle against climate change and its effect on the global economy was the topic of discussion at a Jewish Care Young Business Group reception, at the city offices of event sponsors Denton Wilde Sapte. The evening was attended by 80 people and raised £2,000 for the charity. Times columnist Camilla Cavendish chaired a panel discussion.

 

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Yom Hashoah marked with screening of Left Luggage

May 8, 2008

Yom Hashoah was marked in Dublin by a memorial service at the Dublin Hebrew Congregation followed by a screening of the film Left Luggage. More than 75 people listened to readings, prayers and a recitation by pupils of Dublin’s Stratford College of the names of victims of the Holocaust.

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JNF's first Women 4 Sderot fundraiser a success

May 8, 2008

The JNF Israeli Forum has launched a new women’s committee, Women 4 Sderot, in response to the crisis in Sderot. The group’s first fundraising event raised £6,000 and was held in Borehamwood, where 70 people attended a lecture by life-coach Noa Rockman. JNF Israeli Forum chairman Leora Torn-Hibler and committee member Riki Joel recently visited Sderot to ensure that shops have received the funds and are distributing vouchers for people in need.

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Top marks for school inspection

May 8, 2008

King Solomon High invited the Borough of Redbridge to carry out a whole school inspection. The two-day inspection was run as an Ofsted inspection with three inspectors looking at every aspect of school life. The inspectors found the Barkingside secondary to be a good school with some outstanding features. Headteacher Spencer Lewis said: “It is very pleasing to hear that the inspectors have judged the work we are doing so favourably.”

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