Brighton

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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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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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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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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Former BHHC minister returns to officiate synagogue

June 6, 2008

Rabbi Hershel Rader, formerly of Woodside Park Synagogue, will be officiating at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation’s West Hove Synagogue for the next two months. “We welcome both him and his family to Hove,” said Ivan Lyons, a member of BHHC’s board of directors. Rabbi Pesach Efune retired from his post as minister to BHHC last year.

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Cannes success for Ross Boyask's Ten Dead Men

June 6, 2008

Hove-based Ross Boyask, 33, has returned a happy man from the Cannes Film Festival where his gangster film Ten Dead Men was screened. “It’s been tremendous,” he enthused. “We’ve received great reviews and interest from American, UK, French and Japanese distributors.” Among the stars of the 90-minute film are Lee Littleford Evans, formerly of the singing group Steps, Silvio Simac, a martial-arts expert, and actor Doug Bradley.

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Artshul exhibition a success

June 6, 2008

Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue received a good turnout when almost 650 visitors attended its Artshul exhibition. This was the first time that the shul had participated in the Artists’ Open House scheme which was part of last month’s Brighton Festival. The shul was open for the four Sundays of the May festival. Organiser Jess Wood said: “I am delighted. We opened our doors to the public and they responded magnificently.”

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Actress Vanessa Underwood addresses synagogue

May 30, 2008

Actress Vanessa Underwood addressed 30 members of Jacs at Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue. She spoke about the writer Virginia Woolf in a talk entitled “Tensions between joy and pain”. The shul also hosted another Jacs talk: Sidney Levine, a Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation member spoke about the Abayudaya, a Ugandan tribe which converted to Judaism in the 19th century.

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Sybil Wayne attends Sinclair House ceremony

May 30, 2008

Sybil Wayne, 93, a member of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, was invited to attend a ceremony at Sinclair House, the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. At the event, Jewish Care joined forces with Ajex to pay tribute to civilians who served as fire fighters with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War. As the journey was too much for her, Mrs Wayne received her certificate by post.

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