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Child refugees from Nazism remembered at Yom Hashoah

May 16, 2008

Over 400 people from throughout the capital attended a Yom Hashoah commemoration at Pinner Synagogue, in particular marking the 70th anniversary of the British government’s agreement to accept child refugees from Nazism on the Kindertransports. Former Kinder Susi Bechhofer and Hermann Hirschberger spoke movingly about their experiences, pointing out that real heroes of the Kindertransports were the parents who let their children escape. Guests included senior London-based diplomats.

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Local rabbi on lecture tour of Europe

May 16, 2008

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is taking time away from Mill Hill Synagogue to embark on a whistle-stop lecture tour of Europe. He is addressing audiences in Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus under the auspices of the European Jewish Study Network. This follows his inclusion in a programme of Euro-shiurim viewable on YouTube. Said EJSN director Rabbi Sholom Liberow: “We could have filled up a two-week programme for him, but he was only available for one.”

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Coffee morning launches Jewish Women's Week

May 9, 2008

Around 70 people attended a coffee morning hosted by Rebbetzen Pamela Jesner, to launch Bournemouth Jewish Women’s Week.  Jeannette Goodman, Bournemouth Wizo chairman, introduced Councillor Anne Filer, Mayor of Bournemouth, who opened the event. Retired engineer Irvin Shindler spoke about his admiration for the development of Israel.

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Bournemouth's Yom Hashoah commemorations

May 9, 2008

Services were held on Yom Hashoah at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and Bournemouth Reform Synagogue. At the Orthodox shul, Rabbi Adrian Jesner conducted the service and among those lighting candles were two survivors. At the Reform synagogue, the service was taken by Rabbi Neil Amswych, Walter Kammerling sang songs in Yiddish and candles were lit by survivors and youth madrichim.

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Colchester's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Elkan Levy, the director of small communities, led a Yom Hashoah service at Colchester and District Jewish Community. The service was attended by local dignitaries, including Terry Allen, the mayor of Frinton and Walton. The Shabbat service was conducted by Michael Segal with leyning by Mr Levy.

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Big turnout for Birmingham's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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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