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Demand for second Women of the Book course

April 24, 2008

Thirty-six women attended a graduation ceremony at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre after completing a course entitled N’Shei HaSefer — the Women of the Book. English and drama teacher Shirley Ellis, who devised and led the course, said: “The course is an innovative step to introducing women to Torah.” Mrs Ellis had been inundated with requests to repeat the first course, held last year.

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Students complete Torah La'am course

April 17, 2008

Seven students from the Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt have completed a “Torah La’am” course, led by regional student chaplain Rabbi Dovid Cohen. The seven-week course examined the five books of Moses and the students all gave a presentation on the Torah at the final session. Rabbi Cohen was “very enthusiastic about the results of this programme. I hope to run it again in the near future”.

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Israel blasted over 'truth' of scroll ad

By Candice Krieger, April 10, 2008

The Israeli Government Tourist Office was this week forced to change its ThinkIsrael advert following a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that it was misleading and breached its code of conduct.

The magazine advert promoting Israel displayed images of well-known landmarks, including Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, with text stating: “You can travel the entire length of Israel in six hours.”

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Scroll tour

By Jay Grenby, April 3, 2008

Police closed two of Hendon’s main thoroughfares to allow the torchlight procession of a new Sefer Torah to the Finchley Lane premises of Hendon’s Od Yosef Hai Synagogue.

Hundreds of people joined the parade, which was led by 14 rabbis. The guest of honour was Jerusalem scholar Rabbi Shalom Arush, who had been brought over from Jerusalem by the scroll’s donor, Asher Moses. Mr Moses and his family have given the Sefer Torah in memory of his father, Yaacov, a Sephardi synagogue chazan.

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