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Honorary fellowship for Jewish Musical Institute director

August 1, 2008

Jewish Music Institute director Geraldine Auerbach received an honorary fellowship from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where the JMI has operated since 2000. She said that throughout Jewish history, "music has been a fertile medium of cultural exchange. SOAS is a very special place where that dialogue continues."

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Top QC slams 42-day detention laws

July 25, 2008

Around 250 legal professionals turned out to hear top QC David Pannick address the annual Young Norwood lawyers' reception at the Goldman Sachs offices. Mr Pannick was scathing about the move to extend the time a suspect can be detained without charge to 42 days, arguing: "The government has failed to produce a coherent case. Our response to international terrorism should not be to abandon the values that we are fighting for." Daily Telegraph legal editor Joshua Rozenberg chaired the event, which raised £26,000.

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Montefiore displays latest book at Pushkin House

July 25, 2008

Santa Sebag Montefiore discussed her latest book, The French Gardener, at a literary lunch at Pushkin House as part of the League of Jewish Women's 65th anniversary celebrations.

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Speaker of the Lords speaks to Yad Vashem UK

July 21, 2008

Speaker of the Lords Baroness Hayman explained her Parliamentary responsibilities to supporters of Yad Vashem UK at a meeting in the Lords' River Room. The charity has also recently staged a business breakfast with former Tory Party leader Michael Howard. Both events raised funds towards The World That Was, a £70,000 multi-media educational presentation for Yad Vashem on the lost communities of Europe.

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Wandsworth Mayor Councillor joins 100th birthday celebrations of Nightingale resident

July 21, 2008

Wandsworth Mayor Councillor John Farebrother joined the 100th birthday celebrations of Nightingale resident Grietje Marks last Wednesday. Over 60 guests toasted the birthday girl, a Nightingale resident for 18 years, who still regularly participates in arts and crafts activities. One of her embroidered cushions was presented to Cherie Blair at a Downing Street reception. Chief executive Leon Smith said that her age and well-being "is a testament to the care we provide".

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Board attacks Tonge’s Israel lobby criticism

By Dana Gloger, July 11, 2008

The president of the Board of Deputies has written to the leader of the Lib Dems in the House of Lords to complain after the outspoken critic of Israel, Baroness Tonge, made comments about the Board in Parliament.

In his letter to Lord McNally, Henry Grunwald said that the Lib Dem peer had “allowed her criticism of Israel to overstep the mark” and had “gone too far” during a debate last Thursday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Participants in Sunday's Asics British 10k Run raise £10,000 for Camp Simcha

July 11, 2008

Participants in Sunday's Asics British 10k Run have raised an estimated £10,000 for Camp Simcha, assisting children with life-threatening illnesses. Other runners took part in support of Jewish Women's Aid. The race started from outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly and the course took in some of the capital's historic landmarks.

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Residents and staff of Edinburgh House enjoy annual barbecue

July 11, 2008

Residents and staff of Edinburgh House, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' home for the aged, enjoyed the home's annual barbecue. Families also attended the fundraising event, which included a raffle and live music.

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The big charity breakfast

July 4, 2008
More than £110,000 was raised for World Jewish Relief projects from its annual business breakfast, at which private equity boss Sir Ronald Cohen was guest speaker. Talking at length, and without notes, to the 250-strong audience at the Sheraton Park Lane, Sir Ronald discussed his career and his desire to develop the concept of social entrepreneurship, whereby the business community gives back to society. The business breakfast committee, chaired by Lawrence Gergel, has now raised over £500,000.

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Sacks awarded degree for interfaith dialogue and diversity

July 4, 2008
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has received an honorary degree from Roehampton University for his contribution to interfaith dialogue and diversity. Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey said the award recognised commitment to principles which resonate with the values of the university. He had been prominent in debates on the role of faith in building a society based on ethical values.

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