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British Friends raise money with golf day

July 4, 2008
British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem earned £6,500 from a golf day at Abridge Golf and Country Club. Over 50 people competed and the winning team was led by Gary Green.

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First barmitzvah for Shenley United community

July 4, 2008
The five-year-old Shenley United community has celebrated its first barmitzvah — that of JFS and former Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupil Alexander Pasha, described as “the oldest Jewish boy in the village”. Alexander read his portion in front of 150 people, treble the normal congregation, in the shul’s temporary premises.  His parents Stuart and Sharon were among the first families to move into the Shenley development with their then baby daughter Gabriella, now 15. They have been stalwarts of the community from the outset.

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London school collects goods for Gifts in Kind scheme

July 4, 2008
Pupils from North West London Jewish Day School have been collecting toiletries and stationery to be distributed through World Jewish Relief’s Gifts in Kind scheme. Other charitable initiatives have included raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and an Israeli medical centre.

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Anne Frank remebered with tree-planting

June 20, 2008

A commemorative tree to mark what would have been Anne Frank’s 79th birthday was planted in Holland Park by members of the Anne Frank Trust UK and local resident and food critic Michael Winner. Artist to the stars Cindy Lass also unveiled her painting of the chestnut tree that Anne described in her diary, which will go on show at the Enid Lawson Gallery prior to auction.

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Medal for Sternberg

By Craig Silver, June 20, 2008

Sir Sigmund Sternberg has become the first Jew to receive the St Mellitus Medal which is awarded to those who have made a substantial contribution to London.

The Reform movement president and philanthropist told the JC: “It is a great pleasure to receive this award and to be the first Jew to be given it.”

Sir Sigmund received the medal from the Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, at the St Ethelburga’s Centre in the City of London for his work in promoting interfaith relations in the capital.

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Top Met officer attends CST northern dinner

June 20, 2008

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, addressed a capacity crowd at the annual Community Security Trust’s northern region dinner.

In his address to the 350 guests at the city centre Hilton Hotel he highlighted the country’s fight against terrorism and the significance of the controversial new Terror Bill which includes the extension to 42 days in which a suspect can be held before being charged.

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Cancer Research thanks ‘Mothers and Daughters’

June 20, 2008

A North-West London Jewish fundraising committee has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the cause.

The charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards recognises remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering.

The Mothers and Daughters Committee won in the Outstanding Achievement category, beating off stiff competition from across the UK.

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Israel rally set to raise the roof

June 20, 2008

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the first UK “Salute to Israel” parades in London and Manchester on June 29.

The London parade, which will start at midday on the corner of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly, will culminate in a Trafalgar Square rally at 2pm. Supporters can expect a visual spectacle as they watch marching bands and floats sponsored by companies, including the JC, and communal organisations. 

The rally will be compered by LBC radio host Nick Ferrari, with guests including Knesset member Isaac Herzog and Ed Balls MP.

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FCO to host antisemitism conference

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

The first conference bringing together parliamentarians from all over the world who lead the fight against antisemitism will be held in London next February, co-hosted by the Foreign Office.

The other co-host will be the newly formed Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). Sessions of the conference will be held at the Houses of Parliament and the Foreign Office.

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The JCC doesn't need a building

By Jonathan Freedland, June 13, 2008

We are among the minnows of the Jewish world, a tiny community by comparison with those in Israel or the United States. And yet we do sometimes manage, as the Foreign Office diplomats might put it,

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