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Max Davidoff-Grey plays his way to a dream musical education

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Piano prodigy Max Davidoff-Grey has won a place at the acclaimed Purcell School of Music. Max, 14, joins Purcell in September in a move which he describes as a dream come true.

Based in Bushey, Hertfordshire, the Purcell School is a boarding school for young musicians. Funded predominantly by the government, the school was awarded the Unesco Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its contribution to music, education and international culture.

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Gina and Mazz Murray take centre stage in the West End

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Showbiz sisters Gina and Mazz Murray have become regular fixtures on the London West End theatre circuit.

Gina, 34, is playing Mama Morton in musical Chicago, while her younger sister, Mazz, 32, is starring as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You. She is thought to be the longest-serving cast member in the show, having been in the original ensemble when the musical opened in May 2002.

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Nick Leslau makes The Secret Millionaire’s biggest ever donation

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Property entrepreneur Nick Leslau digs deep into his pockets next week when he makes a generous cash donation to severely disabled people in Glasgow, as part of Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire. Channel 4 says it is the biggest donation yet made on the show, in its third series.

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Rosemary Wenzerul can help you trace your ancestors

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Genealogy enthusiast Rosemary Wenzerul has spent the past 20 years researching her family roots. She is now helping others to do the same with the publication of her new book.

Titled Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Pen and Sword), it calls itself a comprehensive guide for those wanting to trace their Jewish ancestors. It includes detailed information about the Jewish holdings of various resource centres throughout the UK.

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Arnold Wagner steps down after 15 years’ service at JFS

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Businessman Arnold Wagner has retired as a governor at JFS after 15 years in the role - ten of them as chair of governors.

Mr Wagner, 59, took up that post in 1993 - on the day that Ruth Robins, now Dame Ruth Robins, became head teacher. The pair were instrumental in the £35 million development of JFS's new premises in Kenton, Middlesex - one of the biggest projects in Anglo-Jewry.

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Eric Lerner adds character to the Beijing Olympics with his high-tech animation

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Tel Aviv-based animation director Eric Lerner has already impressed at the Beijing Olympics.

His latest creation - a television advert for Coca-Cola - was aired internationally at last week's opening ceremony. Mr Lerner, 25, was asked by Coca-Cola to design and direct the commercial after the brand's advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy, saw some of his previous creations online. He tells People: "I was getting all this attention due to my graduation project, which was a series of short films that were pretty popular at the time on the web."

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Danny Burkeman creates a new siddur to help you through the synagogue service

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

Rabbinic student Rabbi Danny Burkeman has created a novel reference guide for those leading synagogue services.

Mr Burkeman, 29, has come up with a handbook to accompany the new British Reform siddur. The publication, entitled Leading a Community in Prayer, explains different parts of the synagogue service and provides guidance for lay readers on the Torah passages.

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Saul Magrill is 94 and still hot property in the business world

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

Surely, 94-year-old Saul Magrill is the oldest man in property? Cardiff-based Mr Magrill, who started his career 77 years ago, still works part-time as a commercial property consultant at Chris John & Partners.

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Ros Goodman is set to cruise back to fame in a new BBC show

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

Ros Goodman is about to star in a new BBC Two documentary, Return to the Cruise. The show, which starts next week, is one of a series of programmes that revisits hit television shows.

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Mehri Niknam receives the Fulbright Scholarship to boost interfaith relations

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

North London's Mehri Niknam, the executive director of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation and an expert on Muslim-Jewish relations, has been awarded a scholarship to continue her interfaith work in the United States. She received the Fulbright Scholarship and is thought to be the only British person to do so this year. Considered America's flagship international academic exchange program, the Fulbright grant is awarded by the US government to people on the basis of their academic or professional achievements and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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