Newcastle and Gateshead

Gateshead's diversity explored in documentary by schoolchildren

August 1, 2008

A documentary film made by 14-year-old pupils from Joseph Swan School featured the Gateshead community in its exploration of the cultural diversity in the Coatsworth Road area of the town. The street has six Jewish shops, some of which were featured in the Striding Edge production.

The film, A Trip Down Coatsworth Road, had the co-operation of the Gateshead Kehilla and was shown in a private viewing by the Tyneside Cinema, which partly funded the film.

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200+ attend Rabbi Lewis' MA graduation ceremony

July 11, 2008

More than 200 people witnessed a graduation ceremony for Rabbi Dovid Lewis, 29, at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Rabbi Lewis was awarded an MA in theological research and ethics from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University. The university hosted the ceremony for Rabbi Lewis at UHC. The gathering included Rabbi Lewis's tutors, Professors Loren Stuckenbruck and Robert Hayward and the Dean of the faculty, Professor Seth Kunin.

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Newcastle and North branch of Ajex attracts 100+ to tea dance

July 4, 2008

The Newcastle and North branch of Ajex attracted more than 100 people to a tea dance. The theme of the sell-out afternoon was “We’ll Meet again”. The event, described by Ajex branch president Geoffrey Rossman as a success, was held at Newcastle Reform Synagogue, and raised £1,000 for ex-services charities.

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Newcastle Partnership's chair steps down

June 20, 2008

Barry Speker, the longest-serving chair of the Newcastle Partnership, has stepped down from his role. The Newcastle Partnership — which brings together a range of public, private, community and voluntary sector groups — announced the news at its annual meeting. Mr Speker, a senior partner at law firm Samuel Phillips, has also been honorary solicitor for Newcaste United Hebrew Congregation for the past 17 years.

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Baby blessing after mussaf

June 20, 2008

After mussaf on the first day of Shavuot, Rabbi Dovid Lewis held a baby blessing service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. As well as blessing his own baby, Tzivia, he also blessed Benjamin Barnes, Rosie Davis, Lucy Gold and Raphael Gould.

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Local professor appointed to Independent Safeguarding Authority

May 30, 2008

Professor Don Grubin has been appointed to sit on the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which was created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. The Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation member is professor of psychiatry at Newcastle University and consultant forensic psychiatrist for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

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Civic Shabbat for Lord Mayor

May 30, 2008

A civic Shabbat for the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor Peter and Barbara Arnold, was held at the United Hebrew Congregation. Other dignitaries to attend included the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Mike Craik, Councillor John Shipley, leader of the City Council. Synagogue president Victor Gallant presented Councillor Arnold with a book, The Jewish World: 365 Days.

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Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation's oldest member passes away

May 23, 2008

Minnie Mickler, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March, died last week, after a short stay in hospital. She was the oldest member of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation and had lived at home. In paying tribute to his mother, Tony Mickler said: “She had a wonderful long life and lived independently almost to the end.” Rabbi Dovid Lewis said: “Mrs Mickler had so many memories, it was fascinating to discuss these with her.”

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Gateshead gets its man after five-year search

By Faga Speker, May 9, 2008

A five-year search to fill the Gateshead Kehillah pulpit has ended with the arrival of Rabbi Shraga Zimmerman, whose induction ceremony was held on Monday.

Rabbi Zimmerman, 44 — who succeeds the late Rabbi Bezalel Rakow — came from Monsey, New York, where he founded a congregation.

His induction was held at the Bewick Centre, Gateshead, before an audience of 500.

Among the guest speakers were Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, returning to Gateshead from the States, and Rabbi Nachum Schneebalg from Manchester.

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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.

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