Community life

Winners will be off to Israel

November 13, 2008

Kate Davis of Edgware is the winner of the JC's New Year competition for a prize of two business class El Al flights to Israel and seven nights in a Dan hotel in Jerusalem or Eilat. Runner-up in the contest, which attracted a record entry, is Philippa Ford of Borehamwood, who wins two El Al economy flights and seven nights in a Dan hotel.

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Muslims tour

November 13, 2008

A Predominantly Muslim group has returned enthused from a visit to Israel under the direction of the East London Three Faiths Forum. The itinerary included the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem; the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Dead Sea. The group also visited Nazareth and a Tiberias hospital serving Jews and Arabs.

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Gold star gives sports report

By Jay Grenby, November 13, 2008

Double Olympic rowing gold medallist and four-time world champion Steve Williams thrilled the sporting stars of Bushey's Immanuel College by presenting their awards for performance in internal events, local leagues and Maccabi tournaments.

He also had words of encouragement for late sporting developers, confiding: "I was the least obvious person in my school to become a professional athlete - I always came last in every race. It wasn't until I was 13 and took up rowing that I discovered I was good at a sport."

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Camp survivor is unsung hero

By Jenni Frazer, November 13, 2008

An elderly woman reduced an audience of business leaders to near tears on Monday as she accepted Jewish Care's Unsung Hero award.

Now living in Manchester, Eva Neumann, nee Birenbaum, was 15 when she was deported from Hungary to Auschwitz in 1944 with her parents, grandmother and two younger brothers. The following year, as news came of the Russian advance, the SS marched 1,000 prisoners out of the camp. Eva was one of only 13 survivors.

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Cancer care for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2008

Chai Cancer Care is joining forces with Manchester welfare charity, the Fed, to set up its first satellite service outside of London. A Manchester branch is expected to open in early 2009, but some counselling and therapeutic services could be on offer within weeks.

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Zemel remembers Kristallnacht in song

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

The Zemel Choir will be taking part in a special concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht at Belsize Square synagogue in north west London on Sunday evening.

The Zemel will be joined by the Polyphonies Hébraïques de Strasbourg, a 40-strong mixed choir that is based in the Jewish studies and Hebrew department of the Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg.

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Bournemouth deli whets appetites

November 6, 2008

Without a kosher shop for the past year, Bournemouth Jews are to have a new source of kosher provisions.

A shop initially opening on Thursdays and Fridays will be based at the Normandie Hotel on Bournemouth's East Cliff, the area where many of the town's 2,000 Jews reside.

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Shul services for City’s Lord Mayor

November 6, 2008

Ian Luder takes office today as the 681st Lord Mayor of the City of London, in advance of Saturday's Lord Mayor's Show.

The tax accountant and City businessman is a member of West London (Reform) Synagogue, where a "service of unity" to mark his election is being held today.

A Shabbat morning service will be staged at the Guildhall for Jews involved in the traditional Lord Mayor's procession through the streets of London. Both services will be conducted by Reform Judaism head Rabbi Tony Bayfield, whom Mr Luder has chosen as his chaplain.

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Anti-racist warning

November 6, 2008

More than 100 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion marking the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, on which the Nazis smashed windows of Jewish premises in Germany and Austria.

The motion declares that "Kristallnacht should remind us all that evil must always confronted forcefully". It also applauds the work of organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust in teaching new generations about the consequences of unchallenged racism.

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Special needs support

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Parents struggling to place special needs children in appropriate education will soon be able to access a free national Jewish consultancy service.

The facility is being provided by Cheshire-based Jewish special needs school Delamere Forest, which says it will offer advice regardless of where callers live and which school their child attends.

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