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Men of letters finish Khalili gift

By Jay Grenby, November 13, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was one of 40 Western Marble Arch Synagogue members who wrote the final words of the community's newest Sefer Torah, which was presented to the congregation on Shabbat.

The scroll was commissioned by the family of scholar, collector and philanthropist Professor David Khalili and his wife Marion to mark their 30th wedding anniversary, and is the first Sephardi Sefer Torah to be donated to the shul.

In accordance with Sephardi custom, it is housed not in a mantle but in a magnificent and ornate silver case.

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Shul services for City’s Lord Mayor

November 6, 2008

Ian Luder takes office today as the 681st Lord Mayor of the City of London, in advance of Saturday's Lord Mayor's Show.

The tax accountant and City businessman is a member of West London (Reform) Synagogue, where a "service of unity" to mark his election is being held today.

A Shabbat morning service will be staged at the Guildhall for Jews involved in the traditional Lord Mayor's procession through the streets of London. Both services will be conducted by Reform Judaism head Rabbi Tony Bayfield, whom Mr Luder has chosen as his chaplain.

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Kisharon education is praised

November 6, 2008

Kisharon's special needs education has been praised by the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Sir James Hill.

In the company of SSAT officer Lorna Grant, Sir James toured the charity's Tuffkid nursery and day school in Golders Green and the college, adult day opportunities service and the Asher Loftus Business Centre in Hendon.

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Men's section of the League of Jewish Women give a mini-prom

October 30, 2008

One Of the Lads, the men's section of the League of Jewish Women, gave a mini-prom at a Harrow and Kenton LJW meeting. In addition to Harry Cohen's performance, an appeal was made for more volunteers to help out with the group's welfare projects.

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Sponsored runner raises almost £1,000 for Action Duchenne

October 23, 2008

Almost £1,000 was raised for Action Duchenne, the national charity for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, by Dr Malcolm Torz when he took part in a sponsored run in the Robin Hood half marathon. The former Nottingham resident now lives and works in London.

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Twelve participants in first Royal Parks Half Marathon raise £10,000 for Magen David Adom

October 23, 2008

Twelve participants in the first Royal Parks Half Marathon raised £10,000 for Magen David Adom. Judith Addleson, Zak Braham, Philip Broodney, Philip Davidson, Janine Nathan, Sandra Ores, Ian Prager, Simone Redbart, Alex Schajer, Stephen Shapiro, Dana Warcel and Sandy Wilheim were among 12,500 runners who completed the race, which started and finished in Hyde Park and took in St James's Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens.

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Food For You team raises £31,000 for Israeli soup kitchens

October 23, 2008

The Food For You team raised £31,000 for the Hazon Yeshaya soup kitchens in Israel from the launch of its third book of recipes, Have We Got More Food For You. Lady Sacks and Lady Jakobovits were among the 800 visitors, who bought 1,000 copies. Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson, Nancy Lam and Heston Blumenthal were among the celebrity contributors and the Hampstead Garden Suburb committee also sourced inclusions from family, friends and colleagues.

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Residents and staff of Edinburgh House dance the night away

October 16, 2008

There was ballroom dancing, champagne, canapés and dinner at Edinburgh House, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Home for the Aged, at its end-of-summer party. Residents, family and staff danced the night away with a number of staff members wearing their national costumes.

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Peter Livesey wins third Backgammon qualifier

October 3, 2008

Peter Livesey won the third qualifying tournament of Norwood's backgammon series, held at the Sketch restaurant. Michael Flesch was runner-up and David Tucker finished third.

The event raised £8,000, with a special backgammon board auctioned for £900. By the time of the grand final in February, the charity hopes to surpass the £80,000 earned from last year's competition.

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Newsnight's Emily Maitlis hosts the Jewish Culture Awards

September 19, 2008

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis will host the Jewish Cultural Awards ceremony at the Shaw Theatre on Sunday evening. Michael Feinstein, Maxim Vengerov, Maureen Lipman and Janet Suzman will be among other stars at the awards, celebrating outstanding contributions to Jewish culture in art, music, film and TV, literature and theatre. The event is in support of the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

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