Brighton

Ann Conn hosted a tea party for Women's Royal Voluntary Service's 70th birthday

July 11, 2008
Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation member Ann Conn hosted a tea party in her home for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service to celebrate the organisation's 70th birthday. Mrs Conn has served with the WRVS for 20 years.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations raise £7,000 for Ichlu Reim Food Programme

July 4, 2008
The Brighton and Hove community’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations marking 60th anniversary, held in conjunction with JNF, raised £7,000 for the Ichlu Reim Food Programme in Jerusalem.

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Sussex community raises enough to buy a communal bus

July 4, 2008
Sarah Wilks, co-ordinator of the cross-communal organisation Helping Hands, told Sussex Jewish Representative Council delegates that, after five years’ fundraising, the community had raised enough to buy a communal bus. The vehicle, which will be dedicated at a ceremony in August, has seating for 15 passengers as well as facilities for three wheelchairs. It will be available free to communal organisations, except a charge for fuel.

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110 attend reunion of former pupils of Whittinghame College

July 4, 2008
Some 110 people attended a reunion of former pupils of Whittinghame College in Brighton. The Sunday lunch, held at the Grand Hotel, was one of a series of reunions of the college which have been held around the world since the Jewish boarding school closed in 1967. The reunion also featured a lecture given at the hotel on Saturday evening by a former pupil, Professor Jacob Israelachvili.

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Chatham Memorial Synagogue hosts stag party for Brighton-based solicitor

July 4, 2008
Members of Chatham Memorial Synagogue hosted a stag party for Jonathan Gilmour, a Brighton-based solicitor who is marrying Sharon Addlestone of Leeds. The nine men wanted to celebrate Mr Gilmour’s marriage with a weekend away from home but within reach of a synagogue in order to attend Shabbat services.

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Eastbourne Hebrew Congregation holds Shavuot service

June 20, 2008

Eastbourne Hebrew Congregation held a Shavuot service led by congregant Zaki Mizrachi. The service at the Susans Road synagogue was followed by a party and dinner and was attended by 30 people.

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Brighton Lubavitch organises ice-cream kiddush

June 20, 2008
Some 60 people attended a Shavuot ice-cream kiddush at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation’s West Hove Synagogue. The service was followed by a picnic held in a marquee. Both events were organised by Brighton Lubavitch.

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Park acknowledges Jewish heritage

June 13, 2008

A leaflet marking the centenary of St Ann’s Well Gardens notes that the park owes its existence to two Jewish benefactors. In 1908, several businessmen offered the then owner, D’Avigdor Goldsmid, £26,000 for the site but he refused and sold the land to Hove Council for £10,000, for a public park. The leaflet also notes that Flora Sassoon bought land from the Goldsmid estate and donated it to the council in 1913, on condition that it was added to the park.

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Ralli Hall lunches open to all

June 13, 2008
The twice-weekly lunches for the elderly at the Ralli Hall Day Centre are to be extended to include any member of the Jewish community. Suzanne Collins, Day Centre organiser, said: “These are the only kosher meals available in our city and we have found that there is a great demand for them.” The lunches, priced at £7, are supplied by Eurest, kosher caterers to Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House.

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Nine honoured for 60 years of support

June 6, 2008

Nine people who have been members of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue for more than 60 years attended a special Shabbat service and kiddush in their honour, where they were each presented with a white rose. Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah explained: “Just as Israel was born 60 years ago, so these people helped to revitalise local Jewish life in the diaspora.”

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