Southend

Big turnout for Derek Baum's stone-setting service

October 17, 2008
Almost 200 people attended the stone-setting service for Derek Baum, the honorary life president of Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation. Local dignitaries, rabbis Mendel and Shmuel Lew, Binyomin Bar, Reverend Gary Newman, family and friends also attended a memorial service and dedication of the shul's garden in honour of Derek Baum, who died in January. In their addresses, Dennis Baum spoke in honour of his father and shul president Alan Gershlick expressed his gratitude to Marcelle Baum who had revamped the garden in memory of her late father-in-law.

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Garden party raises £700 for Israel children's home

August 8, 2008

Emunah Southend held its annual garden party at the Westcliff home of Brian and Laura Burns. More than 60 people attended and raised £700 for Emunah's Neve Landy children's home in Israel.

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Sponsored walk brings in £3,000 for the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill

August 8, 2008

The Back to Life charity held a sponsored walk along the seafront at Westcliff-on-Sea raising £3,000 for the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill. Committee members provided a fish and chip lunch for 30 members and carers of the Jami Day Centre in Golders Green at the Southend and Westcliff Jewish Communuity Centre.

 

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Members vote for new synagogue council

June 20, 2008

Around 230 members voted for a new synagogue council at the annual meeting of the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation. In his address, shul president Alan Gershlick spoke of the year’s many successful functions. He also said that he was continuing to speak to Jewish Care about a joint venture with the charity for a community centre and new shul building. This would only be done with the approval of the shul membership, he said.

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Money raised for hospice

May 30, 2008

Members of Southend and District Reform Synagogue have responded to publicity in the local press highlighting a funding shortage at Westcliff’s Fair Havens Hospice. To raise funds, a supper quiz, which attracted more than 90 people, raised £900 for Fair Havens. Organisers included Sue Levitas, Denise and Ken Phillips and quizmaster Sybil Greenstein.

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