Community life

One Big Friday Night is blessed

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

The Jewish community displayed its propensity for hospitality as over 200 homes played host to Friday night dinners with a difference.

Around 2,000 people attended parties throughout the UK last weekend, in aid of the inaugural Jewish Care One Big Friday Night.

The dinners, which are expected to raise over £20,000, involved people hosting meals for family and friends, in a bid to raise awareness of the social care charity. Guests being asked not to bring gifts, but instead to make donations to Jewish Care.

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Buzz day at Limmud

By Faga Speker, July 2, 2009

Local, national and international speakers attracted 100 people to the fourth Newcastle Limmud.

The 30 speakers included Evie Friedman from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, David Jacobi who explored Israel’s environmental issues and local amateur art historian Kurt Shapira who spoke about the fate of Jewish art in Nazi Germany. There were also workshops on Jewish geneaology, Israeli dancing and wine-tasting.

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School starts to rebuild

July 2, 2009

Construction work has started on the £20m rebuild of Manchester’s King David School in Crumpsall.

The Eaton Road site is currently home to an 800-place high school and sixth form, a junior and infant school and nursery.

Work will be completed at the school next year with pupils moving in during December 2010. The overall scheme, including the refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition and landscaping of the new school grounds will be finished by July 2011.

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A Knockout £40K for One Family

July 2, 2009

Over £40,000 for victims of terror in Israel was raised by the sixth It’s A Knockout day for youngsters organised by the Care 4 Kids committee in aid of One Family UK.

Held at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, the event brought together 600 pupils from schools including Hasmonean, JFS, Immanuel, Yavneh, Rosh Pinah, Sinai and Mathilda Marks.

As well as the games, there were arts and crafts activities, a bouncy castle and face painting, plus child friendly refreshments such as popcorn and candyfloss.

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Sephardi shuls’ musical first

July 2, 2009

The Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation has appointed Eliot Alderman as its first director of music.

Mr Alderman, 31, will act as choirmaster at the Lauderdale Road Synagogue and will also have the responsibility for the conservation and development of Sephardi liturgical music at Bevis Marks and Wembley synagogues.

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Boris praises museum’s education role

July 2, 2009

The educational role of the Jewish Museum will become increasingly important in the fight against rising antisemitism, one of its leading supporters said last week.

In welcoming Mayor of London Boris Johnson as guest of honour at its annual dinner Lady Wendy Levene, chair of the museum’s development committee, told the 200 guests at Mansion House in the City of London that antisemitism has become rife and acceptable in mainstream society.

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Survivors recall Lingfield

By Cathy Forman, July 2, 2009

Child survivors of the Holocaust were reunited at the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire to celebrate an exhibition based on their experiences.

“The Journey” recalls the experiences of survivors of Nazi camps who, on their arrival in Britain in 1945, were housed at an orphanage in Lingfield, Surrey.

Theresienstadt survivor Joanna Millan, who was three when she arrived in Britain, said: “Lingfield gave us the opportunity to rebuild our lives.”

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Jewish Care’s £50k punch

July 2, 2009

Jewish Care rolled with the punches in London’s Mayfair — and came out on top by £50,000.

A gentleman’s boxing dinner organised by the charity’s Next Generation committee attracted a boisterous 180-capacity crowd to the Millennium Hotel.

As well as a three-fight bill arranged by boxing impresario Robert Waterman, the sporting theme extended to a silent auction for sporting memorabilia including a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and other heavyweight champions.

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Liberal Movement extends its hand to Stevenage

July 2, 2009

A Liberal Judaism group in Stevenage has held its first service, attracting 30 people to an open Shabbat.

Movement chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich said the service “is evidence that Liberal Judaism will go to any place where there are Jews who want to live their lives in a modern way but with Judaism as an integral part of it”.

The service resulted from an inquiry to Liberal Judaism by Terry Wolfe, who reported that “everyone who came had a positive attitude because they wanted to be part of the Jewish community.”

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Tory leader opens new Norwood unit

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

David Cameron praised Norwood’s Ravenswood Village as “a fabulous demonstration of social responsibility in action” as he officially opened a new residential building at the Berkshire facility, which is providing specialist support for adults with severe autism.

Eighty guests watched the Tory leader unveil a plaque at the £2.4 million Tager Centre. They included major donors Romie Tager and his sister Helen Tager-Flusberg, who spoke about their family ties to Ravenswood, which was co-founded by their late parents.

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