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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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Sacks gives Pesach address to Woodside

May 2, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks gave a Pesach-related address to over 100 members of Woodside Park Synagogue adult education committee. Sir Jonathan’s talk was the final in a season which also featured Lady Jakobovits, Lord Trimble and Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor.

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Jewish Museum proposed to house tolerance centre

May 2, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum could become the home of a new national tolerance centre. The proposals, still at a very early stage, are for a centre to be built at the Cheetham Hill road site, where visitors would be taught how to challenge racism and respect other cultures. Museum director Stuart Hilton said: “We will need a great deal of luck to make this happen and until we look at feasibility studies, we don’t know how much it will cost."

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More space sought for Liverpool's first Limmud Day

May 2, 2008

With nearly 500 people registered to attend this weekend’s first Liverpool Limmud Day, negotiations have taken place with the venue of the sell-out event, Liverpool Hope University, to provide more space. Under the chairmanship of Malcolm turner, the committee is to present 36 sessions and a concert on Sunday night at St George’s Concert Hall. For concert tickets, phone 0151 722 2153 or email sarafraser@blueyonder.co.uk.

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WWII memories sought after

May 2, 2008

The Experience Centre in Horsforth is seeking people from the Jewish community who lived through the Second World War in order to interview them about their experiences. Co-ordinator Carol Vickers said: “We need testimonies from the Jewish community. Whether people were in the armed forces, civilians, conscientious objectors or evacuees, we need to preserve their stories.” More information on 0113 258 4993.

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UJIA praises Leslie Silver's support

May 2, 2008

Stalwart Zionist Leslie Silver has received a certificate for 60 years’ support of Israel. Unable to attend a recent UJIA fundraiser when a presentation ceremony was due to be held, the former Leeds United chairman was presented with the award at his Alwoodley home. Howard Foreman, UJIA North East regional director, said: “Mr Silver has done incredible work for Israel.” Born in London in 1925, Mr Silver moved to Leeds in 1940.

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Smash-hit dance show treat for care home

May 2, 2008

Eighty-one-year-old charity fundraiser Regina Waldman is to bring an international smash hit to a Leeds care home. The Spirit Of The Dance show is to be staged at Donisthorpe Hall in June. Leeds-born David King, the show’s producer, agreed bring the show to the North Leeds venue free of charge after Mrs Waldman met him in January. Mrs Waldman said: “This is the big one for Donny and me — it’s like having a corner of Las Vegas here in Shadwell.”

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Tributes to senior Leeds Wizo branch

May 2, 2008

The co-chair of one of the newest Leeds Wizo Council groups paid tribute to the most senior Leeds Wizo branch at a coffee morning held at the home of Phillipa and Bryan Bloom. Guest of honour Natalie Pearce, co-chair of Wizo 3000, said that the Henrietta Szold Wizo members were invaluable role models in the Leeds community.

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Exhibition for Polish hero

May 2, 2008

Newcastle United Hebrew congregation is hosting an exhibition about the life of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who perished in Treblinka. Mr Korczak had been working at a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. Korczak and his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. Instead of protecting himself, he travelled with the 200 children when they were deported to Treblinka, where they were all killed. The exhibition is being staged at Newcastle UHC until May 11.

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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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