Brighton

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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Hove lecturer stages play on Yom Kippur War

May 23, 2008

Hove lecturer Gail Louw is to have a play staged at the Devonshire Park Theatre. The play, Killing Faith, is based on a story told to her by one of her non-Jewish students. Dr Louw, who lectures at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, explained: “He ran away from home to his aunt, a Holocaust survivor, who lived in Kiryat Shemona. The next day the 1973 war began.” The play runs at the Eastbourne theatre from 20 to 24 May.

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Local boy is Maccabi award runner-up

May 23, 2008

Daniel Field, 19, who is partially sighted, was selected runner-up as the Maccabi annual senior sports person of the year. He is vice-captain of the England Blind Cricket team and is also a qualified cricket coach. His family are members of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue.

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Ralli Hall recieves major facelift

May 16, 2008

The Ralli Hall community centre has received a major facelift. The oak floor in the Great Hall has been revarnished, many windows have been replaced with double-glazing, and 100 banqueting chairs have been bought. Chairman Roger Abrahams said that he hoped that a concert of “homegrown” talent, to be held in November, would recoup “a good chunk” of the cost.

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Brighton and Hove observe Yom Hashoah with survivors

May 9, 2008

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue observed Yom Hashoah with a service which included the lighting of six candles representing the six million dead. The service, led by Rabbi Charles Wallach, included survivors of the Holocaust.

Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation and Hove Hebrew Congregation held a joint service, led by Rabbi Vivian Silverman. Rabbi Silverman gave an address in which he quoted from a poem written by Primo Levi. Six candles were lit, three by survivors of the Holocaust.

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Bagel brunch for Torah Academy Nursery

April 25, 2008

Some 55 adults and children took part in a bagel brunch at Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation, in aid of the Torah Academy Nursery. Event organiser Tessa Bass said that the brunch, which raised £222, had a great atmosphere.

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