Southend

Fair Reporting and Council of Christians and Jews host meeting at Annie Myers Hall

October 30, 2008

Fair Reporting in partnership with the Council of Christians and Jews hosted a meeting at the Annie Myers Hall. Jack de Metz, chairman of Fair Reporting, welcomed the mayoress, Councillor Gwen Horrigan, before introducing Eli Benson, executive director of Magen David Adom UK who told the 60-strong audience about the MDA. During a question-and-answer session Mr Benson explained how MDA, now recognised by the Red Cross, advises people around the world on how to cope with emergency rescues. The audience raised £400 for MDA.

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Southend Mayor Councillor visits Southend and Westcliff Jewish Community Centre

October 23, 2008

David Amess MP, Southend Mayor Councillor Gwen Horrigan and six local councillors visited Southend and Westcliff Jewish Community Centre, Shebson Lodge sheltered accommodation in Cobham Road and Raymond House, the charity's care home in Clifton Terrace. Jewish Care service manager Robin Jacobs said: "It was a successful morning and an eye-opener for the councillors, who were supportive of our work. We wanted them to have a better understanding of what Jewish Care does in Southend."

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Rabbi Warren Elf interviewed on BBC Essex's Sunday Breakfast programme

October 23, 2008

In the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days Rabbi Warren Elf of Southend and District Reform Synagogue was interviewed by Ian Wyatt on BBC Essex's Sunday Breakfast programme. Rabbi Elf spoke about preparations for the festivals in the home and shul.

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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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