Birmingham

Seventy people attended "Sushi in the Sukkah"

November 6, 2008

Seventy people from across the community attended a "Sushi in the Sukkah" evening in the succah of Chabad House in Hove. The evening was organised by Tessa Bass, governor of Torah Academy nursery, and raised £700 for the nursery. Ms Bass said: "It was truly wonderful to see so many people from across the community enjoying themselves in the succah." Earlier in the day, 50 children attended "Pizza in the Hut", organised by Brighton Lubavitch, where they enjoyed food, crafts, a Succot quiz and a magic show.

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Mexico first stop on a virtual world tour at Jewish Care's Hyman Fine House

November 6, 2008

Mexico was first stop on a virtual world tour at Jewish Care's Hyman Fine House. Organised by care manager Sue Jones and social care co-ordinator Mark Pady, the week-long programme included "visits" to Scotland, Turkey and the Caribbean and special lunchtime menus. Wilna Smith, registered manager, said: "The residents really enjoyed trying out new things, whether music or food. Everyone was encouraged to join in and we finished off with a Mexican wave, which was good fun."

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Club DV8 hosts this year's Birmingham Booze for Jews event

November 6, 2008

Club DV8 hosted this year's Birmingham Booze for Jews event, attracting 1,000 Jewish students from across the country. Birmingham J-Soc publicity officer Josh Sallon said: "Booze for Jews is an event where social interaction overrides religious intervention. Jewish students from all over the UK can meet and party."

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Reception to show the community's appreciation of the West Midlands Police Force was held at Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

November 6, 2008

A reception to show the community's appreciation of the West Midlands Police Force was held at Birmingham Hebrew Congregation. Chief minister Rabbi Yossi Jacobs opened the afternoon by addressing the 200-strong audience with a talk about Judaism and the Birmingham community. The Chief Constable, Sir Paul Scott-Lee, then spoke about the work of the police force and the community. Rabbi Jacobs told the JC: "The reception was held to show our recognition of the police along with enabling us to build bridges with the wider community."

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More than 120 attend Birmingham Hebrew Congregation's annual Friday-night dinner

October 30, 2008

More than 120 people attended Birmingham Hebrew Congregation's annual Friday-night dinner. The evening included a presentation by the community's children and a talk by congregant Simon Harris who is shortly to make aliyah along with his wife Savian and family. The event was rounded off with a talk by veteran radio presenter Ed Doolan who spoke about his affection for the city.

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Almost 40 children attend Youthzone weekend at Birmingham Hebrew Congregation

October 23, 2008

Almost 40 children attended a Youthzone weekend at Birmingham Hebrew Congregation. The event, which attracted children from across the Midlands, was organised by BHC minister, Rabbi Yossi Jacobs and his wife Rachel. Activities included trampolining, games and a visit to the succah. Rabbi Jacobs said: "As many of the communities are shrinking there is a need for a youth group to unite children from across the Midlands."

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Yom Kippur on campus attracts nearly 200 students from across Birmingham region

October 23, 2008

Yom Kippur on campus attracted nearly 200 students from across the region. The service, held at the University of Birmingham's chaplaincy, was led by students Natan Silver, Stuart Izon, David Remington, Michael Rainsbury and Josh Bomsztyk. The West Midlands chaplain, Rabbi Fishel Cohen, gave a sermon and Rabbi Yaakov Singer led an explanatory session. Mr Rainsbury said: "It was a great example of why Birmingham's student minyanim are so well-attended. It was a youth-led, serious service with a welcoming atmosphere."

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Over 200 attend stone setting of Birmingham's former chief minister

September 19, 2008

More than 200 people attended Witton Cemetery for the stone setting of Rabbi Leonard Tann, the former chief minister of the city’s Orthodox community. The ceremony was followed by a service at Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, where he had served for 21 years. The service included the unveiling of a portrait of the minister whose interfaith work led to the creation of the Faith Leaders Forum in Birmingham.

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Kindertransport refugee remembered

August 15, 2008

Members of the Birmingham Jewish community gathered at a local churchyard last week to dedicate a memorial plaque to a five-year-old Kindertransport refugee from Prague who died in a bombing raid in December 1940.

Suzanne Marburg had been taken in and adopted by the Lloyds, a non-Jewish family, whose members died with her in the bombing.

They were all buried in the Lloyd family grave at Kingswood Unitarian Chapel, Wythall. Suzanne's mother, who had survived the concentration camps, learned of her fate when she came to England look for her after the war.

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Progressive Synagogue's new building opens after 10 years' planning

July 25, 2008
Birmingham Progressive Synagogue's new building has opened after 10 years' planning. Services for the 300 members are now being held in the Bishopsgate site, and other activities are now moving there from venues used in the two years since the Sheepcote Street site closed. The purpose-built Edgbaston site's facilities include a function room, classrooms and a basement youth area. The shul will house the Midlands Centre for Liberal Judaism.

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