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Cakes, cars, clothing and interfaith co-operation

November 25, 2010

Student support swelled the Mitzvah Day crowd at Brighton Reform's cupcake-wrapping session to 180. The cakes were delivered to patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, residents of Jewish Care's Hyman Fine House and needy community members. Cross-communal welfare group Helping Hands organised the event.

Progressive synagogue congregants participated in a gardening project in Brighton's Moulescombe area which encourages the involvement of troubled teenagers.

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Capturing Herts and minds for environmental ventures

By Jay Grenby, November 25, 2010

In his capacity as president of the Woodland Trust, broadcaster Clive Anderson spurred on more than 70 young people, plus family groups who were bussed into St Albans from Hertfordshire and neighbouring communities to plant some of the first trees for England's largest new native woodland.

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Interview: Grant Shapps

By Christopher Richards, September 2, 2010

Grant Shapps's rise to the front bench of the Conservative Party has been little short of meteoric - after all, he has only been an MP since 2005.

Many political commentators believe he is destined for big things; but what part does his faith play in his burgeoning career? The housing and local government minister is certainly in touch with communal life: he belongs to the Potters Bar and Brookmans Park Synagogue. However, he has an unconventional approach to religion.

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Election results: Welwyn Hatfield

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Shadow Housing Minister and former BBYO leader Grant Shapps has held Welwyn Hatfield for the Conservatives.

He has a strong majority of 17,423, ahead of his closest rival, Labour’s Mike Hobday. He increased his majority with a 11.1% swing.

Mr Shapps, who has represented the constituency since 2005, is likely to be a front bench minister if David Cameron becomes Prime Minister.

A close colleague of Mr Cameron’s, Mr Shapps is a former vice chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for campaigning.

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BBYO celebrates 70th birthday

By Robyn Rosen, February 11, 2010

BBC news presenter Jonathan Charles was among 100 BBYO alumni who gathered in central London on Monday for the first of the youth movement’s 70th birthday events.

Those with the longest links to the organisation included north Londoner Felix Franks, 83, who met his wife Hedy, 80, after joining BBYO in 1948.

“I had been in the British Army and didn’t know many Jewish people and so joined to meet new people,” he recalled. “I met a very beautiful girl and asked her out for a date.” They married in 1950 and now have five grandchildren.

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UJIA caps cost of 2009 youth tours

By Leon Symons, December 11, 2008

British youth group tours to Israel next year will cost the same as this year — after UJIA stepped in to cap the costs of the trips in response to the recession.

Some groups said this week that they would have had to increase their prices by anything up to 25 per cent, which they acknowledge would have taken the Israel Experience tour out of reach of many families.

The trips next year will remain at around £2,400-£2,500, the same as those of 2008. However, all the groups have cut their trips by up to three days, though none will be less than 25 days long.

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