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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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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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