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Eve Pollard lauds the League of Jewish Women

August 8, 2008

Writer, broadcaster and former Fleet Street editor Eve Pollard lauded the League of Jewish Women for its diverse welfare work among the wider community when she addressed its 65th anniversary lunch at the Goldsmiths' Livery Hall. The 220 guests also heard league president Ella Marks review its achievements down the years. Chair of the executive Marilyn Brummer presented Ms Pollard with a certificate for trees planted in her name in Israel.

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JFS art project winners rewarded with Israel Embassy tour

August 8, 2008

Winners of the JFS Israel at 60 art project were rewarded with a tour of the Israel Embassy, organised by the Jewish Agency. They learned about the building's history, met ambassador Ron Prosor and later enjoyed a picnic in the park opposite Kensington Palace.

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Summer tea party for 150 raises more than £3,000 for Action Duchenne

August 8, 2008

A summer tea party for 150 guests raised more than £3,000 for Action Duchenne, the national charity for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive and life-limiting muscle-wasting condition. The event was organised by Yvonne Hay and family friend Abbie Silverman, whose son Thomas has the disease.

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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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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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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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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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